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Of Mice & Men

Changes don’t have to actually change anything.

Just ask Of Mice & Men.

No matter what changed around them, the Southern California quartet Aaron Pauley [vocals, bass], Valentino “Tino” Arteaga [drums], Phil Manansala [lead guitar], and Alan Ashby [rhythm guitar]—clung to their identity while making the aptly titled Defy [Rise Records]. In fact, the group’s fifth full-length album not only reasserts that identity but also cements it stronger than ever before.