The pop-punkers of Man Overboard still stand behind their well-worn “Defend Pop Punk” mantra, and if their latest single “Dead End Dreams” is any inclination of what to expect from their upcoming self-titled album, consider the genre well-defended.
The opening acoustic riff and laid-back vocal delivery are reminiscent of campfire anthem “Love Your Friends, Die Laughing,” at least until the electric guitar and drum fills kick in the door to make this song an anthem in its own right. The instrumentation and vocals are poppy and wildly energetic, but stray away from falling into bubblegum pop-punk territory. “Dead End Dreams” wouldn’t sound out of place on Real Talk, but the band has shown definitive signs of progression.
One thing that hasn’t matured quite yet, however, is Man Overboard’s youthful lyricism. Although they’re still underwhelmingly fantasizing about girls, it’s easy to look past the lyrical quality once the band rouses into fantastic gang vocals before launching into one of the most spirited choruses they’ve ever penned. It’s silly, fun, and will keep fans entertained through the dying days of summer.