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Senses Fail/Man Overboard

Senses Fail/Man Overboard

Senses Fail
Genre: Punk
Label: Pure Noise Records
Released: 03/03/2015

Senses Fail/Man Overboard

Senses Fail/Man Overboard

Punk

by: Gabe Nye

With split EPs being all the rage in local punk scenes, they’ve crossed over into the mainstream in the past few years. There have been many great collaboration albums released, but the best of which (in my opinion) include covers of the other band’s songs. This split is a great example of one of those exciting releases. Featuring the strange combination of Senses Fail and Man Overboard, the split is far better than I ever expected.

To clarify, I’ve never been a big fan of Man Overboard. I enjoy my fair share of pop punk, but Man Overboard always seemed a little too happy-go-lucky or some would even say spineless. I like more punk than pop in my pop punk. However, the band’s original song featured on this split is very well written. With a far more mature sound and better lyrics than I expected from the band, they definitely impressed. When it came to their cover of Senses Fail’s “Cute When You Scream,” I absolutely loved it. Man Overboard maintained the classic sound that made the song so popular, truly paying homage to the song that had so many 14-year-olds head banging all those years ago.

Senses Fail’s original is much heavier than I remember them being, but I very much enjoyed it. Full of energy and driven by a hardcore punk beat, the band seems to bring a new edge to their sound. I hope this edge doesn’t fade quickly, because from the brutal beat down to the chorused gang vocals, this is a song that will quickly force energy into a crowd. As for their cover of Man Overboard’s “Real Talk,” they treat it the same way that their counterparts treated their cover. Without changing the song, they performed it in a way that respects the song and still makes it their own. Couldn’t have asked for a better trade off.

All in all it’s a great split, and while I’ve never been big into either band, this four song EP was on repeat for a while. I very much enjoyed it and will give it a solid four stars. There’s not much else to say about it. It’s definitely worth a listen.

 

4star

 

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