It’s clear that Austin Carlile has had a courageous and inspiring journey while living with Marfan syndrome each and every day. This is something we have written about at length.
When he announced his departure from Of Mice & Men, he cited issues related to his health and noted he would be taking some much deserved time off before figuring out what his next move would be.
We now know that this was not the only reason that he left the band. We reported earlier today that Carlile shared a message online that appeared like he was talking about his former bandmates (or one in particular) in Of Mice & Men. We also noted that he unfollowed Aaron Pauley on Twitter two days after leaving the band. Pauley will now be handling vocal duties for the band.
I've been SO incredibly happy since I dumped ppl who were trying to silence my voice & only stood by my side when they were to gain from it.
— Austin Carlile (@austincarlile) February 16, 2017
When we reported earlier today that it looked like Austin had beef with Aaron Pauley, we made it clear that it was only speculation. Now, it’s apparent that Carlile did in fact have a falling out with Pauley over creative control within the band.
Austin told two fans in exchanges on Instagram that one of the reasons he left the band was because he was not allowed to write any of the band’s new music. If this is in fact the case, it would be quite shocking that the most influential member of the band would not be allowed to have creative input.
“I will no longer be writing with them, one of the reasons I left. They weren’t going to let me write what I wanted on the next record. That’s not gonna happen. I will write what I want despite what that means giving up.” Carlile told the fan.
It’s worth noting that Carlile has been quite vocal about his new religious journey. There might have been other differences in religious beliefs (Austin became a born again Christian last year) and an attempt to stop Carlile from talking about his faith.
In another exchange, one fan wondered aloud what would happen with Carlile’s former band. Austin responded by saying “who knows”.
It’s obviously not something easy for Austin to talk about, and he has been quite professional and graceful in his departure from the band. He deserves a lot of credit for that, especially if he was being discouraged from speaking about his faith. Regardless of your beliefs, you shouldn’t be silenced for expressing them. Hopefully that is not the case. Nothing yet from the OM&M camp.