On the Road with: Man Overboard
U.S. pop punk band Man Overboard are currently touring with New Found Glory on their Pop Punk’s Not Dead tour. We caught up with Justin, who plays guitar for Man Overboard, to discuss life on the road and what it takes to “Defend Pop Punk.”
You’ve already toured in North America, the UK, Europe, Japan, and Australia. What has been your favorite place so far?
Justin: My favorite place to play is always Philadelphia because it’s our hometown, but playing new places like Japan, Europe, UK, and Australia is always interesting. It’s hard to pick a favorite, but Japan was the first international place we ever played so that was uniquely special.
Do you have a favorite tour memory?
J: I think the first time we played the West Coast was really cool because it was a huge dream of ours to get out there.
Right now you’re touring in the U.S. with New Found Glory as part of the Pop Punk’s Not Dead tour. What stands out about this tour?
J: This tour is awesome because it’s a bunch of Pop Punk bands that are on different levels of popularity, but everyone is part of the same community. It’s nice to see all the bands supporting each other.
The bands motto is “Defend Pop Punk.” How do you practice what you preach?
J: Defend Pop Punk started as a t-shirt design, but has morphed into something bigger. The website is now the home of our band and our label, Lost Tape Collective. We are trying our best to promote the Pop Punk community so we can sustain the scene for as long as possible.
Your second self-titled studio album was released at the end of September. How is it different from your acclaimed first album Real Talk, in regards to both the sound and the message?
J: The message is pretty similar-girls, girls, girls. Musically there are some new elements, but it’s not wildly different from our older stuff. I think our old fans will like it.
You’ve got your own label, Lost Tape Collective. What was the initial reason for starting it and how has it developed since then?
J: We want to eventually start releasing our own music, but we also want to release and promote music from bands we like and respect…Basement, Smile and Burn, Dave Hause, Strike Anywhere, etc.
The band offers a broad variety of merchandise for fans to collect. Is there anything the band collects from place to place?
J: Mike likes to collect little trinkets. I like to collect all things Coca-Cola.
What’s the best part about performing live?
J: I like moving around and having a good time. It’s also cool to hear the fans singing along because it’s a little payoff for our hard work.
What’s your favorite song to perform live?
J: My new favorite song to play live is Dead End Dreams. It’s a new song and is sweet to play.
What have been some of your greatest achievements and highlights since the band formed?
J: We are stoked on any progress the band makes, but touring the world and playing with the bands we have shared the stage with is all pretty amazing. Also, having kids coming out to see us…that’s still crazy to us.
Who would be your dream act for a future tour?
For the “Montrose” video you put out a message on your blog for your fans to send in photos of their grandparents to be in the video. We’re big on fan involvement at Songkick. Are there other ways you get your fans involved?
J: We love to get kids involved with our website, defendpoppunk.com, where they can download podcasts, free music, buy merch, and join the message boards.
You’ve announced a UK tour for 2012. What’re you looking forward to most about that? Stop by Songkick HQ when you’re in London. We’d love to show you around!
J: That would be awesome! We love going to the UK. London is always a great treat for us. Show us the sights!
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