New Jersey based pop punk crew Man Overboard have announced that they will be going on hiatus. After forming in 2008, the band have released four studio records, culminating in last year’s release ‘Heavy Love’ (Rise Records). The band released a statement explaining the decision, which you can read below:
‘We have spent the last 7+ years tirelessly building Man Overboard into something that we all love and are proud of, from booking our first tours and hand numbered copies of the ‘Hung Up On Nothing’ EP to touring the world and making albums with producers we never through we’d meet.
We put our hearts and souls into this band because it’s something we believe in. Whether we were being detained in a desolate Russian train station after illegally trying to cross the border to the Ukraine or walking off stage after a sold out show, our friendship and love for everything this band has afforded us is what makes us want to be part of Man Overboard forever.
This band has been and will always be something that we hold close to our hearts, not only because it has transformed and shaped us as people but because of how we know it has affected other people’s lives, be it in a large or small way.
Joe Strummer said, “Without people you’re nothing: and we know that the support of our friends, families and fans helped guide us to where we are today.
Our current plans are very few and will likely remain that way for a while. Don’t read into it. Don’t think it’s something it’s not. This Spring we will be playing eight shows in the United States. Farewell for now’.
The band are due to play a handful of shows Stateside in April 2016 before taking their break.
After getting into alternative music during the mid 90s with the rise of nu-metal and pop-punk, I’ve gradually spread my interests far and wide and have a real love for metalcore, prog metal and tech metal. Amongst other things, I am a husband, father of two amazing kids, heavy metal DJ, and video game/book/nerd enthusiast!