Of Mice & Men will release its seventh album, “Echo,” on Dec. 3, 2021, via SharpTone Records. The band also has shared the music video for its new single, “Fighting Gravity.”
The new album comprises the previously issued “Timeless” and “Bloom” EPs, along with the new and final “Ad Infinitum” EP. The new EP will be released on vinyl in April 2022.
The full “Echo” album track listing is below. Pre-order the album digitally here. The physical pre-order will go live on Friday, Oct. 22, at the same link.
“‘Fighting Gravity’ is about learning to let go, while also recognizing the impermanence and shortness of life,” vocalist/bassit Aaron Pauley said. “We think we’re in control of so much, but we’re really not, and that existential dilemma is at the foundation of the human condition.”
The Southern California-based quartet used its time spent in the 2020 lockdown, which was the result of the COVID-19 pandemic, in a productive way. The band recorded all of the music on “Echo” during that time by working remotely via Zoom and sharing files. The band members had not been in the same room together since February 2020 and the start of the global shutdown.
The album was entirely self-produced by the band, and mixed and mastered by Pauley. “Echo” also includes the band’s take on the Crosby, Stills and Nash track “Helplessly Hoping,” which closes out the release.
As is the case with all previous 2021 music drops, the artwork (pictured below) was designed by artist Derek Hess.
“Echo: track listing:
“Ad Infinitum” EP track listing: