REVIEW: Of Mice & Men @ Reading Festival ★★★★☆

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Having to play after a band like Architects is never going to an easy feat, especially when they’re on the form of their lives, but after a rapid rise over recent years Of Mice & Men will take to The Pit stage tonight knowing they have it in their locker to blow this crowd away. We were skeptical at first whether tonight would happen or not with the band having to cancel several tour dates leading up to Reading & Leeds due to vocalist Austin Carlile being ill. However tonight is all systems go as the band strut onstage to drop a heavy bomb in the form of ‘Public Service Announcement’.

Austin shows no signs of sickness whatsoever as his vocals are like serrated edge blades that cut through the muscular riffage with devastating effect, especially on ‘You Make Me Sick’ that has the crowd bouncing to the groove and rhythm and spilling out of the rammed tent. Bass player and clean vocalist Aaron Pauley is in exceptional  voice tonight and sounds record perfect as his vocals raise the roof. ‘Bones Exposed’ gets the pits opened up and into chaos territory with its pulverising guitar work and stadium sized chorus. The band are tighter than a nuns arsehole and execute every song with deadly precision as they lead us through older cuts like ‘The Depths’.

The guys take their time out to thank the audience for watching them and that they’ll be back in November with none other than Linkin Park for an arena tour. The hype over the Californians has been justified tonight as to why their rise has been so rapid and how they’re only gaining more pace. With songs like ‘You’re Not Alone’ ending the activity on The Pit stage tonight it’s a no brainer. A brilliant headline set and bring on November!