Pop Punk The Vote Tour: Man Overboard, Handguns, Seahaven, and Candy Hearts – House Of Blues in Dallas, TX on February 25, 2012
As a huge fan of Man Overboard as they’ve grown over the past few years, I was amped to catch them on their Pop Punk The Vote headlining tour, as I’d never seen them live before. Adding Seahaven and Handguns to the lineup only peaked my interest more. Rapid and lively, the sets were all short and to the point.
I missed Candy Hearts unfortunately, only catching their last song. Fans seemed to be enjoying them though, so catch them if you get the chance to.
Up next Seahaven took the stage. Admittedly, Winter Forever sort of fell by the wayside for me last year due to the myriad of other killer albums released around that time, but their set definitely made me realize all the hype around them was valid. Simply put, they were loud and raw. Vocalist Kyle Soto absolutely commanded the crowd, taking full control. The slick guitar work and paced drumming added to the energy, making the set unforgettable. Think of a more intense Manchester Orchestra meets…Brand New and Balance and Composure. The guys definitely amped the crowd up, proving why Winter Forever received raving reviews.
The youngins in Handguns followed. Playing a nice lengthy set, they pretty much played nearly every song they’ve recorded thus far, only having a couple EPs to go off. As a result, fans were able to hear all of their favorites, with tracks like “My Own Captain” and “Fingers Crossed” really standing out. The young Taylor Eby really proved himself as a frontman, confident, talkative, and raging with energy. Handguns will definitely be something to be on the lookout for this year, with their full-length record due out this summer.
And then came Man Overboard. Although a lengthy number of songs were played – about 15+ or so – their set was a fast one, as the defenders of pop punk didn’t waste much time with banter – they simply played.
Racing through all the favorites, Man Overboard didn’t stop for a breath at all. Opening with “Montrose” into “Rare” and “Real Talk,” they knew what fans came to hear – and delivered just that. However, there were some surprises – the full band “Dear You,” “Dreaming,” and “I Like You” come to mind – making the idea of voting for their set list all the more appealing. The boys encored with the unexpected “Night Feelings” and “She’s Got Her Own Man Now,” making the night end on a solid note of pop-punk. As one of the most talked of pop-punk groups with both Real Talk and Man Overboard, they were true to their motto and cemented their name in pop-punk with their life show.
The show was a fun, energetic, lively night full of bands that simply wanted to play loud and fast. I highly recommend catching this show if it comes near, as Man Overboard’s headlining set has something for every fan, with openers Handguns and Seahaven – and on select dates Daytrader – making it all the more enjoyable. Catch MO on Warped Tour this year, as well.