The track offers the first sample from the band’s February 26th EP release, ‘Timeless’.
More than a decade deep and six albums in, Of Mice & Men have begun a new chapter in their decorated career.
The band has announced that they have signed with SharpTone Records and will release a new EP, Timeless, on February 26th. The introductory track which officially begins their new chapter comes in the form a the crushing, “Obsolete”. Featuring cover art designed by revered illustrator Derek Hess, the band has also revealed an accompanying animated video that takes its visual cues from Hess’ cover art.
Singer Aaron Pauley discussed the headspace that inspired the EP. “We started writing this EP shortly before the initial lockdowns in spring of 2020, before we knew that our world was about to become a radically different place. A lot of these songs were born from a place of wondering how we’d fit into 2020 and beyond, both as adults in our 30s as well as a band that’s a decade into our existence.”
As for the lead single in “Obsolete,” Pauley explains how thoughts of existentialism and utility permeate in the track. “It’s a song about questioning how future-proof one is in the grand scheme of things, and acknowledging that maybe we aren’t at all. I think we all wonder, to a certain extent, whether or not we’ll fit into the future, or how we would, or what that would look like. Obsolescence is very prevalent in our lives. We see how quickly old phones become virtually useless, how quickly fads and trends come and go. It’s all too easy to ponder about when you’ll become a covered wagon, or a flip phone, or Myspace.”
Excited to begin the next phase of their career, Pauley also reiterated that while the band continues to have a good relationship with their former label, SharpTone articulated the kind of vision that best lined up with the future of OM&M.
Watch the video for “Obsolete” from Of Mice & Men below.