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Man Overboard

Man Overboard: Hung Up on NothingHung Up on Nothing (2008)
self-released

Reviewer Rating: 2.5


Contributed by: InaGreendaseBrian
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Man Overboard list the Clash, the Anniversary, Hey Mercedes, Weezer, Piebald and the Promise Ring on their MySpace next to "Influences." In an odd discrepancy, they mention a certain other three on the one-sheet for their Hung Up on Nothing EP: Blink-182, Taking Back Sunday and Saves the Day. Mentio.


Man Overboard list the Clash, the Anniversary, Hey Mercedes, Weezer, Piebald and the Promise Ring on their MySpace next to "Influences." In an odd discrepancy, they mention a certain other three on the one-sheet for their Hung Up on Nothing EP: Blink-182, Taking Back Sunday and Saves the Day. Mentioning those latter bands sound like common ground for any pop-punk band formed 2003 and onward, and it's easy to guess which of these groups Man Overboard's sound truly tends to trend towards.

Hung Up on Nothing glistens and sparkles thanks to the touch of producer Jesse Cannon (Northstar, Shai Hulud), and MO's songwriting has the occasional, pleasantly poppy punch to back it up. But it's definitely missing a certain something, with too many moments (some of "The Real You," the beginnings of "Disconnect") largely feeling too lethargic and perfunctory to really work.

It's not all terribly passable, though, as "Love Your Friends Die Laughing" is done all right, with an acoustic Taking Back Sunday feel and some group vocals backing up the song's youthful celebration vibe. "Disconnect"'s chorus has some spry movement about it, and "Dude, Are You Kidding Me?" sounds vaguely like one of the darker tracks off Brand New's Your Favorite Weapon. If they concentrate on the particular vibe in that latter track and develop it more, I'd bet their next release could really impress.

For now, Man Overboard just has to work at it. There's a whole hell of a lot of angsty pop-punk bands around and they need a little something more to really stand out.

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Love Your Friends Die Laughing
Dreaming
The Real You
Disconnect

 

 
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Bangarang was probably going to be a pretty good band.. This one is just bad, however.

icapped2pac (May 28, 2009)

I feel pretty much the same way after seeing them live. Not great, not horrible. Just kind of there. I think there's potential for greater things down the line, though. Plus they're homeboys with Transit, so they're cool by association.

samster0101 (May 27, 2009)

I really have to give these guys credit. now, all pop punk bands want to chug and play D-beat stuff. Man Overboard reminds me of a time when pop punk wasn't trying to be hardcore.

mikexdude (May 27, 2009)

That's nothing:

http://www.punknews.org/review/7446

"topically tackling a typical trench".

He's like the punknews Jason Mraz.

jamesisabear (May 27, 2009)

"truly tends to trend towards."

Nice to see some quality alliteration back in punk.

mikexdude (May 27, 2009)

I am going to make sure to use that word once a day.

Bryne (May 27, 2009)

Score's for the word 'perfunctory'.

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