Austin Carlile, the former singer of Attack Attack!, has now left his new band, Of Mice and Men. Rumors have been circling around him leaving or being kicked out of the band for the past weeks, after he announced that he would not be on tour with Of Mice, due to heart surgery.
Austin Tweeted on April 3rd, 2010 "I Quit Of Mice And Men!"
Following that, he posted on his Tumblr a statement clearing things up. He writes,
"It came time to go on tour with Alesana, A Skylit Drive, and We Came As Romans, and I couldnt go out with them because I wanted and needed to get my heart fixed. It had been constantly hurting me, and also was like a cloud hanging over my head every day. I couldnt go a long period of time without worrying about it. It was simply driving me insane that I was walking around with a ticking time bomb inside of my chest, especially because 2 years previous, I had been told by my cardiologist in Ohio that I would need the surgery within 2 to 3 years."
He then posts about asking his girlfriend to marry him, which leads to this post,
"From that night on, none of the members would talk to me, and neither would Jaxin. The only person I have had the slightest contact with is Tino over the past month or so. I guess by making myself happy, I had ruined Jaxin and I’s relationship and he felt it right to ruin me by talking bad on me behind my back. If any of you have been to his twitter recently you can see him openly comparing me to Charles Manson, and even saying I have no talent and cannot scream. Calling me a fake, and arrogant. He is making it out to seem like I club baby seals or stole an ex girlfriend from him. All I did was get married. Before I announced it he and I were on perfect terms, and the band was doing just fine. I don’t think it calls for all of this"
"I started this band from nothing, and started it to have fun and do what I love. Im not going to let one persons spitefulness ruin that for me. Lies about my heart? I have proof on this page. And proof from years of my family dealing and knowing about it. I will have doctors notes, and medical stuff posted soon also. Surgery is in the near future for me, as well. So if you think Im getting kicked out of the band because of this/that, blah blah, he said, she said, sexist, racist…etc. No. I’m going no where, and I dont care if I have to find one, or three, or four new members, Of Mice & Men will continue on. Do I want new members? No. But I will do whatever I have to to keep the band iiii started alive. The band iii put my heart and soul into since I left Attack Attack. It was my hope, life, and dream. Even if I have to take them to court, then I will. I have made this my life, and I will not give it up without a fight.
“Oh you stayed home and faked a heart problem just to be with your hot wife…” …… Yeah right, that makes sense. I skipped out on the biggest tour OM&M has ever been on just so I could sit home alone 4 days a week while she works and be bored. Good call. Give me a break. Why would I lie to miss out on doing what I love most. Thats is ridiculous and so is this entire situation of name calling, personal hatred, and trying to ruin my name. Keep talking.
Following that news, Of Mice's Myspace page then removed the band picture featuring Carlile, and they posted a blog confirming that Jerry Roush (ex Sky Eats Airplanes), who had been filling in for Carlile while he was out, would take over as vocals for the band.
Now getting to the worst part of the story.
Apparently all the gossip that was spread throughout members of Of Mice, got to the fans, who posted it, EVERYWHERE. People, who were friends with Carlile, posted his number on Twitter, spread the hate on his twitter, blew up his phone, and now spread rumors (or the truth) throughout the music scene.
And adding to the fire, Attack Attack! couldnt help but get in on the fun, tweeting, "News flash! Austin Carlile is STILL a shit bag! Who knew?! For the record, we love all the other dudes in OM"
Austin responded by tweeting "Yes I saw that AA bashed me on Twitter & blog on Myspace. No big deal? You dont see me fretting? Always take everything w/ a grain of salt".
Attack Attack! also when and on myspace what happened between then and Austin, and why they parted ways.
So you think that Austin is just being all calm about the situation? Wrong.
Austin has fought back, and viciously at that.
This is to one of my friends who spoke her version of what happened throughout Twitter, she was friends with Carlile.
And he didnt stop with that.
He then tweeted today by saying "Over the past 4 days of people s*** talking me, how can you not expect me to stand up for myself. Seriously I'm over this. Shut your mouth.".
This hurts me as much as it hurts many fans. I looked up to Austin Carlile ever since the day he was in Attack Attack!. He was my idol, but now with all this, its just better to stay out of the drama, then get into it.
This will blow over, but this might be the end of the road for Austin Carlile.