10 Questions With Man Overboard

Man Overboard is a pop-punk band out of South Jersey. They are a band that is on fire with label attention right now and has captured the anger many kids have towards the current music climate with their “Defend Pop-Punk” mantra. A band rooted in a movement that is trying to bring back the honesty of a genre that has been lost to Justin Timberlake wanna-be’s, dance beats and stupid haircuts, the band is on the verge of blowing up as they choose which label to call home this year. Head to the jump for some advice from a band that is exactly where every unsigned band wants to be. If you like what you hear be sure to check out all the new songs they just posted on their Myspace.

MOdefend poppunk copy.jpg1. What is the biggest mistake your group ever made?

We tend to over think songs a lot. We will sometimes demo a song 3-4
times before releasing it. This tends to work out in the long run, but
sometimes it just results in us getting tired of the track and pushing
it aside when we should have just quit while we were ahead.

2. What is the smartest thing your group has ever done?

Listen more, talk less.

3. What advice can you give for a group looking to improve their live show?

We would like to say practice, that seems to be the obvious answer. But
at the same time we listen to plenty of bands that aren’t tight live
but put on an amazing show. Emotion needs to be put back at the center
of live music, and bands need to develop that connection. Its not hard
for a band to be tight, what’s hard is to play a 30 minute set and
carry your audience through the ups and downs of your music’s story
leaving them with that sense of nostalgia.

4. What advice can you give for a group to build up a buzz?

For months we spray painted hundreds of hand burned CDs. We would stuff
our backpacks and walk around shows in Philly handing out free demos to
anyone and everyone. We figured they are going to listen to it and
either make fun of it or like it. Either way countless people are going
to hear your bands name.

5. What is the coolest piece of gear you have come across recently?

We bought a Line 6 POD for Nik’s studio were we do all our demoing at.
With all the built in effects it gives us quick access to make sure we
have the proper tone/effect/sound to solidify the track.

6. What is something you should bring on tour that most people may not think of?

Mic Stands!

7. Tell us something you learned from your last recording experience?

Over the year we have gotten more involved in “layers” of a song,
rather than letting a lead or blasting guitars carry the tune. We spent
more time working with different effects and midi sounds this time
around. This helped our confidence to be more open minded in the
studio, and has also laid new ground work for our upcoming material.

9. What is the dumbest thing you see other groups do?

Their haircuts.

10. What have you learned songwriting wise recently?

We really try to make an attempt to include all of our influences in
your music. Even if its not a direct sound, we like to let our ears
wonder so when it comes time to write or record we have that extra
prospective. Giving us a chance to put a spin on what seems to have
already been done, and give it a breath of fresh air.

Jesse Cannon is the editor of Musformation. He produces records at his studio Cannon Found Soundation. Follow him on Twitter at @JesseCannonMusF. For more info please visit his website.

  • Anonymous

    Good interview. I can’t wait for some new songs!

  • Anonymous

    cant stop listening to their songs

  • Anonymous

    love this band. cant wait till they release a full length one day