What a year for pop-punk. Everyone from The Wonder Years and Set Your Goals to New Found Glory and Blink-182 are, or have released an album this year. New Jersey-based pop-punk outfit Man Overboard are another band that is noteworthy on this list. With their self-titled follow-up to the widely successful full-length Real Talk set to be released at the end of this month, Man Overboard released a new track titled “Spunn” and pretty much every thing that one would expect from the band is featured on this track, plus a little bit more.
Now Man Overboard has never been a band known for a strong artistic ability. More so they are responsible for a countless amount of fun poppy jams and not a whole lot is different with “Spunn.” The poppiness is definitely there but unfortunately so is the lack of lyrical promise that comes with the band. “You played the CD/And spun around/As I spun around/As my head spun around” is just as cheesy as any other lyric the band has written, but this lack of lyrical creativity is made up for by a certain growth that is present on this track.
The return of past guitarist Wayne Wildrick has added a third dimension to Man Overboard’s guitar work and it shows on this track. The leads of Wildrick and Justin Collier intertwine to make for a delightful listen. The other positive to “Spunn” (and to Man Overboard in general) is the natural ability of vocalists Nik Bruzzese and Zac Eisenstein to manufacture enormous vocal hooks, which along with their recent signing to Rise Records will most likely allow Man Overboard to appeal to a much larger audience than their pop-punk counterparts.
Watch out for Man Overboard, because I have a strong feeling that they will be everywhere in 2012.
Listen to “Spunn” below and pre-order Man Overboard here.