Josh Wilbur worked with California metalcore band Of Mice & Men on their latest single, “How To Survive,” out now via Rise Records.
"'How to Survive' is an anthem for those who have been the receiving end of unmerited and targeted hatred and abuse," said bassist/vocalist Aaron Pauley. "It's for the kid who was bullied, beat up, and ignored in school. It's for the teenager who was told that they'll never amount to anything and that their thoughts, feelings, and opinions don't matter to the world. It's for the person who has been told that they're worthless, useless, or not good enough, time and time again. It's for the person who's repeatedly been targeted by those who only seek to tear others around them down."
"This song is for them,” he added. “This song is for me. I am them, and I'm still standing. So, turn it up. Feel the rage. If you, too, are that person, you will know it well, and it will greet you like an old friend."
The song lacks any clean vocals; Pauley brings out his harsh mid-range yells with absolutely no compromise. The chorus is catchy and begs to be screamed along to, and the riffs pull you in with an aggressively hard-hitting attitude.
Wilbur is a prolific heavy metal producer. Previous works include Gojira’s “L’Enfant Sauvage,” Trivium’s “The Sin And The Sentence,” and Lamb Of God guitarist Mark Morton’s upcoming solo record, “Anesthetic.”
Catch Of Mice & Men on tour in February and March with Nothing More, and in April and May with Beartooth, Hands Like Houses and Dead American. See dates here. Listen to “How To Survive” on Spotify, Apple Music, and all other major streaming platforms.