Jamie’s Elsewhere, featuring Of Mice & Men vocalist/bassist Aaron Pauley, will release its new EP, “Paradise,” on July 19, 2023, via Sharptone Records. The band also has shared the new single “Escapist;” watch the video below.
This is the band’s first new material in nearly a decade.
‘We’re thrilled to announce that we’ve signed with SharpTone Records, and excited to announce the release our first single ‘Escapist’ from our new EP, ‘Paradise,'” Pauley said. “This new chapter of the band has been years in the making, and we’re so excited to be teaming up with the talented and creative minds at SharpTone Records to bring these songs, and this story, to our fans all around the world—both old fans and new!”
The California quartet—Pauley (vocals), Matt Scarpelli (guitar), Chance Medeiros (bass) and Mike Spearman (keys)—expand its vision with a narrative set to a soundtrack of emotionally charged heavy music underscored by cinematic electronics, melodies, hardcore and moments of unpredictability.
“The concept follows a protagonist through the day-to-day grind,” Pauley said. “He discovers Paradise, which is a metaverse where you can upload your soul. It was a tongue-in-cheek way for us to label a dystopian A.I. The irony is hopping on the internet could never be a real paradise. We went really deep in terms of the story and lyrics.”
Following its emergence in 2005, Jamie’s Elsewhere quietly attracted a devout audience via a series of EPs and fan-favorite albums, namely “Guidebook for Sinners Turned Saints” (2008) and “They Said a Storm Was Coming” (2010). Along the way, the band toured with everyone from Motionless in White and Memphis May Fire to Ice Nine Kills. Assuming lead vocal and bass duties for Of Mice & Men during 2012, Pauley initially parted ways with Jamie’s Elsewhere. 2014 saw the group drop “Rebel-Revive” highlighted by “Empty Eyes” (featuring Garrett Rapp of The Color Morale) and “The Illusionist” (featuring Tyler Carter of Issues), which amassed over 6.2 million Spotify streams. On the eve of the 10th anniversary of “They Said a Storm Was Coming,” “Spearman caught an Of Mice & Men gig, and conversations about reviving Jamie’s Elsewhere began in earnest.
“Paradise” track listing: