On the first of three EPs slated for 2021, metalcore stars Of Mice & Men explore themes of impermanence and change. Written and recorded during the pandemic in 2020, the three songs on Timeless were produced by the band and then mixed and mastered by vocalist-bassist Aaron Pauley. “A lot of our time is usually spent on the live front, connecting with our fans,” he tells Apple Music. “Because there isn’t that realm of live music now, we’re putting our energy into creating. Releasing EPs instead of an album is just about shortening the length of time between us creating and getting it to our fans. It’s a refreshing way of releasing music.” Below, Pauley comments on each of the tracks.
“‘Timeless’ takes a more romantic view of the realization that this time and place is impermanent, but the memories that you create in them can be timeless and outlive the moment. There are a multitude of ways of looking at that, but I think the song takes a more mature and maybe a more romantic view—rather than just a completely desperate and hopeless view.”
“‘Obsolete’ details the same sort of feelings and concerns and anxieties that ‘Timeless’ is rooted in, but I think it does take that more desperate tone because I think that those feelings can fluctuate. Impermanence is not always something that induces anxiety or existential dread, but sometimes it does. Sometimes those are the things that keep you up at three in the morning. But the song is just about obsolescence in general because it's very prevalent in our lives.”
“I think this song is kind of a predictor of sorts. I think there was some sort of societal collective-consciousness feeling back in April and May, that, ‘Hey, things are about to kind of change for everybody.’ I think the song is about how if you let other people frame your perspective and frame your narrative of things, that it can become really easy to be lost. I think those sorts of narratives—when you aren't really in control of how you perceive your life and the things that are happening to you and how you react to it—can just drag you straight to the bottom of the ocean.”