Man Overboard’s goal from the beginning has been to always “defend pop-punk.” Sadly, it looks like the “war” has taken a toll on the New Jersey band. On Thursday (Jan. 28), the group revealed that they will be going on hiatus once their upcoming tour dates wrap. Taking to the internet, they broke the news about the break.
In a letter, they write about all the good and random times they’ve had and how the band has become everything they ever hoped it would be. Instead of giving bad details or a real reason for the hiatus, they do inform their followers that their “current plans are very few and will likely remain that way for a while.” They also urge those reading the post not to read too much into the hiatus and think that there’s something there that really isn’t. Read the band’s complete post 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 thought 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 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 a 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 how 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.”
Man Overboard released their recent album, Heavy Love, back in June of 2015 through Rise Records.