Wednesday, May 25, 2011

The Bear interviews Justin Collier of Man Overboard

Man Overboard is an influential pop punk band from New Jersey that we love. They recently released a compilation of old songs remastered, B sides, and new songs called The Human Highlight Reel. I split that up into two different links, by the way. Out of the four wonderful boys in the group, I got to talk to Justin Collier about lots of stuff!

How long have you been playing together?
A: Our first EP, Hung Up On Nothing was recorded in summer of 2008 and we did our first tour that winter.

How has your sound evolved?
A: Our sound changes from record to record but is kept somewhat grounded by the fact that sometimes we will bust out an old song for a new record. Some of the songs on Real Talk were a few years old but some were brand new and written right before we went into the studio. 

What are your goals with the band?
A: Most 22 year olds are finishing college and getting ready to sit in a cubicle for the next 30 years-  so aside from meeting the cast of Harry Potter, I just want to see the world and have an unusual time. 

How is recording the new album going? What is it going to sound like?
A: Its pretty much all demoed and we start tracking it on June 5th. It definitely has a different feel to it than Real Talk but nothing crazy enough for people who already like us to be turned off. 

What has been your favorite part of working with each other?
A: We have had some really good times and some really bad times, be it working on songs or touring together or whatever. But in the end no matter we are laughing or yelling at each other we are all friends and buds at the end of the day. Its cool to be able to do something as special as create records, tour the world and hangout with people you are friends with. 

The worst part?
A: ugh, taking promo pictures. 

Any fun tour stories you'd like to share?
A: One time someone (not me, but i won't get anymore specific than that) pooped their pants when we were in England...

Haha! Too great. Here's another link to Man Overboard. Here's a link of us!


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