Man Overboard - Noise From Upstairs EP

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Acoustic, Pop-punk
Run For Cover Records
Man Overboard
Noise From Upstairs EP
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This is certainly a good time to be the Jersey pop-punk defenders Man Overboard; 2009’s Dahlia was acclaimed and garnered the band well deserved attention. They spent early 2010 touring with The Wonder Years, adding to their already growing fanbase. With their own blend of pop-punk, Man Overboard is currently gearing for their release their first full-length. In addition to this, they have released a new EP to tide over fans in the meantime. Unlike the usual EPs before a full-length, this one is not comprised of teaser material. Instead, it is five acoustic songs that demonstrate a new perspective of the band. While “Love Your Friends, Die Laughing” suggested the bands ability to craft quality acoustic material, Noise From Upstairs is further evidence that the band can succeed in a stripped down setting.

Clocking in at less than 14 minutes, Noise From Upstairs is a quick and abbreviated journey, commencing with the strong “Cry Baby.” Accompanied by lightly plucked notes and eventually the entire band, vocalist and usual bassist Nik Bruzzese delivers with a solid vocal performance. Acoustic settings are always a good way to measure a vocalist’s ability and Bruzzese does not disappoint. “Cry Baby” bridges into “Dylan’s Song”, a track that sports accessible melody and a fun electronic drum beat. The highlight of this track is the vocal harmonies that showcase an impeccable blend of Bruzzese’s and guitarist Zac Eiestenstein’s voices. “I Saw Behemoth and It Ruled” is a mixed bag; its verses are rather flat but the “woah oh” filled chorus is very catchy and enjoyable. The EP ends on a bit of a sour note with “Dear You.” There is no definite hook or chorus to hang on to and the inclusion of some inaudible vocals is certainly questionable. Additionally, some of the vocals can be overly nasally. However, it does redeem itself to an extent with the stellar gang vocals that conclude the song.

Noise From Upstairs is a flawed release, containing its fair share of ups and downs, but is a good effort from an up and coming band. The versatility of acoustic songs adds to the band's potential. With the ability to thrive in both electric and acoustic settings, it will be interesting to see where the band goes with their debut record; they certainly have a solid of arsenal of tools to work with. We will wait and see if they fulfill their potential.

1. Cry Baby
2. Dylan’s Song
3. 210B
4. I Saw Behemoth and It Ruled
5. Dear You

Nik - Bass / Vocals
Wayne - Guitar
Justin - Drums
Zac - Guitar / Vocals

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