How Of Mice & Men's Austin Carlile overcame his most challenging year ever
Thanks to his inner strength and a personal epiphany, Austin Carlile has faced down another difficult year
Ask Austin Carlile to summarise his 2016 in one word, and he’ll pause, flash a wry smile, and slowly reply: “Relentless.” It’s the title of an upbeat song on new record Cold World, which talks of fighting to stay alive no matter what – and Austin has certainly done that. When we spoke to him at the end of 2015, he told us in great detail about the painful surgeries he’d had on his heart and ribs, as a consequence of the genetic condition Marfan Syndrome. Sitting backstage at London’s Forum before their show today, it’s almost like deja vu, as he describes cancelling some CD release shows in the States a couple of weeks back, due to a “small” upper respiratory infection.