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Bright Green Release ‘That’s Heaven Behind Me’ Single

Bright Green THBMAfter Man Overboard‘s abrupt hiatus in 2016, lead vocalist Zac Eisenstein was quick to begin his new project, Bright Green, and release the acoustic EP, The Highs Are Getting Lower. His new single, That’s Heaven Behind Me, is the title track from a forthcoming EP due out later in 2017, it was recorded by fellow Man Overboard vocalist, Nik Bruzzese at his recording studio in New Jersey.

That’s Heaven Behind Me can be downloaded as a pay what you want download here

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Video: Man Overboard – She’s In Pictures

Man OverboardNew Jersey’s Man Overboard has premiered a brand new music video.  The video features the song “She’s In Pictures” from their new album, Heavy Love, which dropped earlier this week via Rise Records.  

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Man Overboard Streams New Full Length

Man OverboardNew Jersey’s Man Overboard has premiered a full stream of their upcoming album, Heavy Love, which is due out June 30, 2015 via Rise Records.  

Listen to the new disc here.

Physical pre-orders for Heavy Love are available HERE, and digital pre-orders can be found HERE.  

Man Overboard

Man Overboard

Heavy Love

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In the spirit of full disclosure, I admit that I never really cared for Heart Attack, which felt like a less vital release than the pop punk group’s self-titled album. So naturally, with such different views of their past releases, listening to Heavy Love for the first time was met with great trepidation. Music is such a personal experience that it is difficult to separate one’s current life circumstances from their view of any given song.

Like their name suggests, there are more than a few moments where Blink 182’s influence shines clear. But Man Overboard are more than a simple tribute band. Their sound has grown over the years, perhaps bolstered by their extensive recording catalogue. Some bands release 10 songs every 3 years, whereas these guys consistently release acoustic songs, live tracks and other random musical offerings for fans. While their style leans more toward the pop end of the spectrum than pop punk groups like The Story So Far or Four Year Strong, they have more to offer than bands like All Time Low or 5 Seconds of Summer.

While the vocals are easily identifiable as Zac Eisenstein, the music explores a wider territory than the band have ventured into before. In the past we’ve seen a heavy emo influence on stand out tracks like Montrose, but for the most part the group hasn’t strayed too far from their pop punk roots. This time around we see elements of power pop on Now That You’re Home and alt rock on the 90s radio friendly Deal. Unfortunately, both of those tracks fall flat and beg for the skip button. Much like the new stuff from Fireworks, these sort of tracks fit awkwardly alongside pop punk. The band excel with straightforward tracks like For Jennie. Their boundary pushing does work sometimes, such as on the loud and fast Cliffhanger, which is an easycore gem in the vein of Set Your Goals. This is a solid track which has hints of skate punk and hardcore, which help it stand out on the album. On Invincible the band adopts a swing swagger, which is vaguely reminiscent of Green Day’s Hitchin’ A Ride if the trio were raised on Blink 182 rather than the Descendents. It is an undeniably interesting track.

The album feels a little bit disjointed as the guys explore a wide range of influences. The thread that weaves it all together is an appreciation of pop music, but the variety of sounds fails to create a cohesive album. In a modern world where some people thrive on buying single tracks, this won’t be an issue, but those who prefer their albums as a whole, this is a strange offering from an established band. 

Man Overboard – Heavy Love

Man OverboardNew Jersey’s Man Overboard has premiered a new song from their upcoming album, Heavy Love, which is due out June 30, 2015 via Rise Records.  

The new track is titled “Reality Check” and is available here.

Physical pre-orders for Heavy Love are available HERE, and digital pre-orders can be found HERE.  

Man Overboard – Cliffhanger

Man OverboardNew Jersey’s Man Overboard has premiered a new song from their upcoming album, Heavy Love, which is due out June 30, 2015 via Rise Records.  

The new track is titled “Cliffhanger” and is available here.

Physical pre-orders for Heavy Love are available HERE, and digital pre-orders can be found HERE.  

Man Overboard Announces Next LP; Premieres Three New Tracks

Man OverboardNew Jersey’s Man Overboard has announced details for their next full length.  The album is titled Heavy Love and is due out June 30, 2015 via Rise Records.  Coinciding with the album’s announcement, the band have premiered three performance videos featuring new songs, “Now That You’re Home,” “Borderline,” and “Splinter.”

Watch all three below.

Physical pre-orders for Heavy Love are available HERE, and digital pre-orders can be found HERE.  The band will be touring for the entirety of the Vans Warped Tour, as well as embarking on the Suppy World Tour with The Story So Far in Japan.  Dates are below.

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Smile & Burn Post Teaser Video for UK Tour

Smile and BurnGerman pop punk band Smile and Burn have released a teaser video in support of their upcoming UK tour alongside Man Overboard and Moose Blood. The Berlin based quintet are out in support of Action Action, their latest full length which dropped back in October of 2014.

Check out the video and the full list of shows below.

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Tour: Smile And Burn (UK)

Smile and BurnGerman pop punk band Smile and Burn have announced that they will be joining Man Overboard and Moose Blood on their UK tour scheduled for this April and May. The Berlin based outfit’s latest release is Action Action, a full length which dropped last October.

Check out the full list of dates, and the band’s official video for Action Action below.

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Man Overboard – Cute When You Scream (Senses Fail Cover)

Man OverboardMan Overboard has premiered their cover of Senses Fail‘s “Cute When You Scream” from their upcoming split 7″ record.  The split comes out March 3, 2015 via Pure Noise Records.

Listen to the cover below.

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Senses Fail – Real Talk (Man Overboard Cover)

Senses FailSenses Fail has premiered their cover of Man Overboard‘s “Real Talk” fro their upcoming split 7″ record.  The split comes out March 3, 2015 via Pure Noise Records.

Listen to the cover below.

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Man Overboard – One Fixed Point

Man OverboardNew Jersey pop punks Man Overboard have premiered a track.  The song is titled “One Fixed Point” and is set to appear on their recently announced split with Senses Fail.  The band released the EP Passing Ends, released earlier this year via Rude Records and Lost Tape Collective

Listen to the song below.  The split is now available for pre-order here.

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Video: Man Overboard – ‘For Vince’

Man OverboardNew Jersey pop punks Man Overboard have premiered a new video featuring For Vince, a track taken from their recent EP Passing Ends, released earlier this year via Rude Records and Lost Tape Collective. The track was written for bassist and frontman Nik Bruzzese’s father, and he has said this about the song:

“This song is dedicated to my father Vince Bruzzese. Without him I wouldn’t be the man I am today; this is me coming face to face with loss. This song is also dedicated to anyone who has ever lost a parent.” 

Check out the For Vince video below.

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Man Overboard Stream New EP

Man OverboardMan Overboard has premiered a full album stream of their upcoming 5 song EP, Passing Ends, out on October 28, 2014 via Lost Tape Collective.   The EP is the precursor to Man Overboard‘s next LP, which they are currently writing and will be released in 2015 via Rise Records.

Listen to the full disc here

Man Overboard – Stood Up

Man OverboardMan Overboard has premiered a brand new song.  The track is titled “Stood Up” and comes from the band’s upcoming 5 song EP, Passing Ends, out on October 28, 2014 via Lost Tape Collective.   The EP is the precursor to Man Overboard‘s next LP, which they are currently writing and will be released in 2015 via Rise Records.

Track listing is below.

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Man Overboard Announce New EP, Stream

Man OverboardNew Jersey pop punks Man Overboard have announced a new EP Passing Ends, due out on October 28th via Lost Tape Collective and Rise Records. Ahead of the official release the band have also posted a lyric video For Vince, one of the tracks featured on Passing Ends.

Check out the EP’s track list, cover art and the lyric video For Vince below.

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Tours: Man Overboard (Europe)

Man OverboardMan Overboard has announced that they will be extending their The Heart Attack Tour to Europe and the UK.  The lineup features support from Hostage Calm, Front Porch Step (UK and Ireland only) and Roam. The tour begins November 1, 2014.  The band continues to support their third full-length album, Heart Attack, released in 2013 via Rise Records & Lost Tape Collective.  Justin from Man Overboard comments:

“The Heart Attack Tour in America was a blast so we will be bringing in to Europe and the UK this fall with a sweet lineup including our old friends Hostage Calm and our new friends in Front Porch Step and Roam. We will be visiting some of our old favorite cities as well as playing a few places for the very first time! Stay in tune with our social networks as we’ll be posting a song voting poll and all kinds of other rad things!”

Tour dates are available below.

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Lost Tape Collective Release Somos ‘Temple of Plenty’

somos_lost_tapeLost Tape Collective, the label run by New Jersey pop punk band Man Overboard have announced a very limited cassette release of the debut album from Boston punks Somos. There are 100 copies of Temple Of Plenty available on a unique pink/white swirl with the other 50 on plain white cassette. The record is also still available now on all usual formats through Tiny Engines.

Somos are out on tour this summer, check out full dates below:

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Video: Man Overboard – Wide Awake

Man OverboardSouthern New Jersey pop punk band Man Overboard premiered a music video for Wide Awake. Watch the video here.

Wide Awake is off the band’s 2013 album Heart Attack released via Rise Records.

Man Overboard will headline a tour starting May 20 with Transit, Forever Came Calling and Knuckle Puck. View the dates on their Facebook page.

   

Video: Man Overboard – ‘Wide Awake’

Man OverboardNew Jersey pop punks Man Overboard have premiered a new video for their track Wide Awake. The song is taken from their latest full length, Heart Attack, released last year via Rise Records / Lost Tape Collective. The band are also about to embark on a fairly epic tour of the US and Canada alongside Transit, Forever Came Calling and Knuckle Puck.

Check out the video for Wide Awake and full dates for the Heart Attack tour below:

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Tours: Man Overboard / Transit / Forever Came Calling / Knuckle Puck

Man OverboardMan Overboard has announced new tour details and debuted a brand new music video.  Video features the song “Wide Awake” and is from the band’s latest full length, Heart Attack, available now on Lost Hear Collective/Rise Records.  The clip was directed by Max Moore.  Check it out here courtesy The AV Club.

The band will also be embarking on The Heart Attack Tour, presented by Alternative Press Magazine, which will run May 20 through June 21 in the U.S. and Canada and features support from Transit, Forever Came Calling and Knuckle Puck.

Stream: Joe Taylor (Knuckle Puck) – ‘Making Love To The Camera’

Joe TaylorJoe Taylor, frontman for Chicago punk band Knuckle Puck has released a stream of his solo version of The Starting Line song Making Love To The Camera. He, along with his band are preparing for a tour across the US and Canada starting later this month with Man Overboard, Transit, and Forever Came Calling. 

check out the stream of Making Love To The Camera  here and full tour dates below:

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Tours: Knuckle Puck / Man Overboard / Transit / Forever Came Calling

KnucklePuckChicago punk rockers Knuckle Puck announce an upcoming tour, as well as an appearance at Skate and Surf 2014.

The “Heart Attack Tour” will take place from May 20 through June 21, 2014 also featuring bands such as Man Overboard, Transit and Forever Came Calling. Right before the tour, Knuckle Puck will play at the Skate and Surf Festival on May 17.

Guitarist Kevin Maida said:

“We are very excited for these upcoming months. These bands are some of our favorites in this genre, so being able to tour with them is a privilege.”

View the tour dates below.

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Handguns Part Ways With Drummer Woody Spokas

Handguns bandHarrisburg, PA pop punk band Handguns have announced they have parted ways with drummer Woody Spokas. The band released the following statement about the split:

“We’re going to miss Woody. He’s still one of our best friends and we wish him the best of luck with his future. He’s done a lot for this band and will always been a part of the family! With that being said; we got our 1st mix of the album two days ago and could not be more fucking stoked about it. It’s more aggressive and mature than anything HG has ever done. The guy who drummed in the studio for the record will continue on with us at this time. We’re literally more prepared and excited to get back on the road than we’ve ever been and can’t wait to see all of your faces and hang harder than ever before. This isn’t the end of anything, promise you that. From us or Woody. Get stoked”

Woody Spokas has released his own statement on his firing from the band:

“Anyone who was expecting to see me on the Love like tour with All time Low and Man Overboard sorry but I won’t be seeing you guys. With the tour approaching fast I figured it’s about time I released a statement. Handguns decided that it’s best for me to part ways with the band. I was a member of Handguns for the past 2 years and exceeded way more than I thought I ever would in my life. It was the best 2 years I’ve ever had in my life and will hold onto those memories and the people that I’ve met forever. My position in the band can be replaced without a doubt but, those accomplishments and the stories I made will never be taken away from me. Thanks to all of the fans, friends, and family that supported me along the crazy journey I love you all so much for that. You tend to do crazy things like sell a car, quit a full time job, leave loved ones… Anything to keep the dream alive and possible. With that being said anyone that I’ve met in bands along the way you guys have the most respect from me and I wish you all the best! I’m still going to play music, I’m not sure doing what yet but keep an eye out. This life definitely isn’t made for everyone that’s for sure. Continue to support Handguns and good music. I love you all and I’m sure we’ll cross paths again. It’s been real dawgs.”

Handguns will be on tour with All Time Low and Man Overboard starting at the end of this month, full dates below:

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Farpoint (Feat Zac Eisenstein of Man Overboard) Stream New EP

farpoint cover art jpegFarpoint, the solo project from Man Overboard guitarist/vocalist Zac Eisenstein have released their debut EP Think About The Future via Lost Tape Collective. The 7 tracks featured on the EP were recorded back in early autumn 2013 and will  be available for purchase on the New Jersey bands upcoming tour dates with fellow pop punks All Time Low. 

The full stream of Think About The Future is available here, and full tour dates are available below:

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Tour: Man Overboard / Transit / Forever Came Calling / Knuckle Puck

Man OverboardMan Overboard has announced details for their upcoming The Heart Attack Tour, presented by Alternative Press Magazine.  The tour will run through May 20th through June 21st in the U.S. and Canada and features support from Transit, Forever Came Calling and Knuckle Puck.  Guitarist Justin Collier comments:

“It has been a while since we have gone out on a headlining tour, but we couldn’t be more excited to hit the road and play an extended setlist of songs from Heart Attack, as well as a plethora of songs from our previous releases. If our excitement wasn’t already at an all time high, we are bringing our old friends Transit with us. They are a band who’s friendship runs deeper than simply playing music, so we are honored to share a month with them around North America. Lastly, it will also be a treat to have Forever Came Calling and Knuckle Puck with us! Song requests are welcome on any of our social networks. See you all at the shows!”

Tour dates are below.

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Tour: All Time Low + Man Overboard/Handguns (US)

All Time LowMaryland pop punks All Time Low have just announced a series of tour dates across the US in March and April with support coming from New Jersey’s Man Overboard and Harrisburg PA’s Handguns. All Time Low’s latest album was the 2013 re-release (via Hopeless Records) of Don’t Panic which featured 4 brand new songs and 4 acoustic versions of previous material.

 

Full dates below:

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Man Overboard Stream New Track

Man OverboardNew Jersey pop punks Man Overboard are streaming I Hate Her, a new and never before released track.

The song features on Will Yip’s Off The Board compilation series which is offering a single track each week for free.

I Hate Her can be downloaded here.

Will Yip Announces Studio Compilation Featuring Title Fight, Man Overboard, And More

Will YipMulti-genre producer and engineer Will Yip has announced a brand new studio compilation.  The compilation is titled Off The Board: A Studio 4 Family Compilation and is set to feature un-released songs from Title Fight,Circa Survive, and Man Overboard to name a few.  Yip comments on the project:

“This comp represents everything that I’ve done in the past ten years of my life… I want to give the punk, hardcore, and alternative community of awesome bands a home.”

The compilation will be released on October 8, 2013.  Proceeds will go towards a down payment toward his partnership in Studio 4 located in Conshohocken, PA.

Man Overboard - Heart Attack

Man Overboard

Heart Attack

Rise Records
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Rating: 2/5

 
 

 

 

When it comes to opinions on early 00’s pop-punk, there’s somewhat of a love it or hate it attitude out there.  I’m not talking about albums that 90’s bands like Green Day released in the early 00’s, but rather the Taking Back SundayThe Starting Line and Saves The Day brand of pop punk that emerged early that decade.  Recent resurgences like The Wonder Years seem to have upheld a certain quality, and furthered the mature side of those acts for present audiences.  But there are also those that truly relish the juvenility of the old guard; the ones that make no excuses, playing pop-punk exactly like they remember it ten years ago – those like New Jersey’s Man Overboard.

You’d think such a prospect would appeal to those who grew up in this scene, but if you’ve matured over the past decade, then chances are that your taste in music has as well – or at least you’ve started connecting with lyrics that reflect greater worldly experience.  This mostly explains the rise of pop-punk acts likeThe Wonder Years but also calls into question the need for stagnant acts like Man Overboard.  Now in its fifth year, the upbeat quintet offers up its third full length, Heart Attack, a dismal reminder of Man Overboard’s shallow track record.

Heart Attack aligns itself with the most immediate and systemic pitfall of pop-punk: the underdog identity.  Now, I’m all for endearing outcast anthems, but when every second track plays like a look-at-me-now letter to a past crush, and the remainder about generic girl trouble and a lack of self confidence, the words lose their meaning.  Just listen to the chorus of “Boy Without Batteries,” “One of these days you’ll stop pretending, I was only someone you could find a friend in… you didn’t kiss me I felt rejected… and if you missed me you missed your chance with, the dirty little freak nobody wanted to dance with,” and you haveMan Overboard in a nutshell.  And that’s one of the few tracks with a semi-memorable chorus; otherwise you’re stuck with the unremarkable content of “Where I Left You” or the title track.  Sadly though, it’s almost better when the lyrics fly past inconsequentially; otherwise you’re stuck listening to the words of whinny teenage boys as per “White Lies.”  “Why is nobody alone but me? What is it that everyone else has? A spine? A mind? And I’m just not like them” – in a word, cringeworthy.

The instrumental accompaniment sounds every bit as flat.  It would be easy for someone to mistake these tunes as “catchy,” but that would be neglectful of just how annoying they are.  The case is simple; Man Overboard is like All Time Low, not New Found Glory or Yellowcard.  In fact, I would go as far as comparing these guys to the ever-shameful All American Rejects.  Worse yet, their slogan “defend pop punk” has a young audience fooled into citing Man Overboard as up and coming pop-punk saviors.  Perhaps they are for a younger demographic.  But for those of us that know differently, they’re just part of that same annoying trend that never seems to die.

Videos: Man Overboard – Heart Attack

Man OverboardMan Overboard has premiered a brand new music video.  The video features the track “Heart Attack” and is from from their recent Rise Records/Lost Tape Collective release Heart Attack, released earlier this week.

Watch the video below.

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