As we posted over social media last night, singer Austin Carlile is leaving Of Mice & Men with immediate effect. The band are not seeking a replacement and will continue as a 4-piece.
Austin suffers from Marfan syndrome, a condition which cannot be cured only “lived with” and it has been getting progressively worse. He’s pushed himself as far as his body can take it, and regrettably the time has come where it’s no longer possible for him to be a part of an active band.
Following some of his conversations on Twitter, it’s apparent that some people just don’t understand his condition and it has frustrated him. There’s no “manning up” or “get well soon” with Marfan.
Our own Pit Troll reacted when he heard the news:
I’m genuinely, genuinely upset by this news. He was one of the nicest artists I’ve ever met, even messaged me on Instagram and followed me on Twitter.
Not mentioned by Austin or the band, but we feel it fitting to highlight here, is the Marfan Foundation in the US. If you’re a fan and wish to help make a difference for Austin or other sufferers, then this seems to be the charity to support. You can donate via their website.
The band’s statement is as follows:
Dear Of Mice & Men Fans,
It’s with heavy hearts that we announce Austin’s departure from the band for reasons pertaining to his health. As many of you are aware, Austin suffers from a rare connective tissue disorder called Marfan syndrome & has been struggling with the physical demands of touring since the band began.
After his most recent series of surgeries at Stanford University Hospital, following the cancellation of our European headlining tour, his team of doctors informed him of the damage that performing, & more specifically his aggressive vocals, have been causing his body. They warned that if he were to continue on doing so, it would cause permanent & irrevocable damage to his spine & nervous system.
Following the advice from his team of specialists, Austin decided it best that he step away from the band & change his lifestyle to better his health. Though we’re heartbroken that he can no longer continue, his health has always been of utmost importance to us & we support him now in this decision & are proud of his perseverance over the years.
We’ve had an amazing & unforgettable past few years making music & touring the world together & the 4 of us look forward to sharing the next chapter of the band’s story with you. All previously announced shows will proceed as planned & we thank you for your continued love & support. We couldn’t do this without all of you! See you real soon.
-Aaron, Alan, Phil & Valentino
Austin’s initial statement was as an image on Twitter:
My heart is heavy… I never thought I would be writing this… Wanted to leave this announcement in the mess that is 2016… pic.twitter.com/T02QIt2hUp
— Austin Carlile (@austincarlile) December 30, 2016
All of us here at Moshville Times wish Austin the best for the future. He’s already demonstrated courage and strength beyond belief in recent months and years, and hopefully can now concentrate on his own comfort.