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Tyler Carter shares positive letter to Austin Carlile, Of Mice & Men

May 29 2016, 2:31 PM EDT By Tyler Sharp

Issues co-frontman Tyler Carter has shared an open letter to Austin Carlile and Of Mice & Men. “I've known [Carlile] since I started my career,” he wrote, “and he was one of the first people that opened his arms to me as an artist and label mate.”

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“Been a scary year for a lot of us who are close to Austin, but I'm so happy to see this dude on his feet and prospering. I'm so proud of your strength dude, so proud of your talent and so proud of your smile. I’m happy to know you and have you in my life.”

He later spoke on Of Mice & Men as a whole, saying, “We've toured with those boys more than any other band, and it’s not only a joy to see them, but a feeling of positive reinforcement.” Both bands are at Slam Dunk Festival this weekend.

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You can read Carter’s letter in full below. Issues and Of Mice & Men are scheduled to perform at the third annual APMAs on July 18, where Issues’ Skyler Acord is nominated for Best Bassist, and Of Mice & Men’s "Would You Still Be There” is up for Song Of The Year.

I gotta throw some love out to someone incredible today... I gotta say my dude @austincarlile has the purest of gold in his heart. I've known him since I started my career and he was one of the first people that opened his arms to me as an artist and label mate. He's always been a mentor and a best bud to me and whoever I was working with. He’s given me support and advice and love and compassion. Pushing me to do the right thing and helping me strive to be successful and better musician. Been a scary year for a lot of us who are close to Austin, but I'm so happy to see this dude on his feet and prospering. I'm so proud of your strength dude, so proud of your talent and so proud of your smile. I’m happy to know you and have you in my life. 

We have a ton of friends in this industry. We are close to a lot of bands, and done a ton of tours where we felt at home every day because of the family essence we always try to create. But one of the most consistent vibes we've ever felt was from Of Mice & Men. We have a friendly relationship with each member, and every time our bands are together, every single person is having a good time, sharing laughs and good memories. Anyone who tours will understand that those kinds of relationships are not always easy to come by but they are the most cherished things about doing this as a career. When people you tour with genuinely care about you and your well being and what you are bringing to this world, that's real friendship. 

Just to rewind, it's a blessing to see Austin and the gang this week and to be able to recap our years of being family. We've toured with those boys more than any other band, and it’s not only a joy to see them, but a feeling of positive reinforcement. So happy to see everyone well, and AC, I love you dude, thanks for your guidance. Glad my big brother is alive and well. Let's keep climbing!! 

Sorry was having a moment this morning, and disregard any spelling or grammar errors, that's not the point. Lol!

Watch more: Thrifting with Tyler Carter (Issues)

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