Man Overboard is the second studio album by the American rock band Man Overboard. After the release of their debut album Real Talk (2010), guitarist Wayne Wildrick left the group, resulting in several line-up changes. In December 2010, the group had signed to independent label Rise Records, and aimed to release another album by fall of next year. Following Wildrick’s return to the band in April 2011, the group began demoing songs for their next album the following month. With New Found Glory guitarist Steve Klein standing in as producer, the group recorded their second album at Cannon Found Soundation Studios in New Jersey in June. Following this, the band went on a European tour with Polar Bear Club. After the album was announced in August 2011, “Dead End Dreams” was made available for streaming later that month, followed by “Spunn” in mid-September.
Man Overboard was released on September 27, 2011, and received favorable reviews. Reviewers noted comparisons to Blink-182 and Green Day. The album reached number 181 on the Billboard 200 and debuted within the top 40 on three other Billboard charts. Following a support slot for New Found Glory, the band closed the year with a headlining US tour, and a support tour for The Early November in December. A music video was released for “Somethings Weird” in January, and later that month, the band went on a headlining UK tour. Another US tour took place in February and March. During this tour, it was announced that drummer Mike Hrycenko had left the group and was replaced by Joe Talarico. Following this, the band embarked on a tour of Europe and Russia in March and April. A music video for “Dead End Dreams” was released on June 5. The band then went on the Warped Tour throughout the summer. Two more tours of the US and one of the UK followed between September and December 2012.
Following the release of their debut album Real Talk in July 2010, Man Overboard toured constantly throughout the rest of the year. In early September, it was announced that guitarist Wayne Wildrick had left the band. The band explained that Wildrick had “some personal things to take care of”. As a result, drummer Justin Collier switched to guitar, and Mike Hrycenko was brought in to fill in on drums. In December, it was announced the band had signed to Rise Records, and that a new album was planned for release in fall 2011. In January 2011, the group demoed nine tracks. The following month, the group released The Absolute Worst EP as a stop-gap for fans until the band’s second album appeared. In March, the band went on tour with The Wonder Years and Handguns.
On April 28, 2011, it was announced that Wildrick had re-joined the band after a phone call between him and vocalist/bassist Nik Bruzzese. On May 16, the group announced they were demoing new material at Bruzzese’s studio, Small Hill Recording Studio. When the group began demoing “everyone just worked so well together,” according to Wildrick. The band had 17 songs, which they would later narrow down before recording, which began in early June and ended before the band’s European tour with Polar Bear Club. Recording took place at Cannon Found Soundation Studios in New Jersey with New Found Glory guitarist Steve Klein acting primarily as producer, while also providing additional engineering.
Jesse Cannon and Mike Oettinger engineered the sessions and provided additional production. Cannon and Klein came into the recording process with “outside ideas” and helped the group hear the songs differently, according to Wildrick. Wildrick explained that while recording, the band used different snare drums and cymbals than before. “Little things like that … make subtle changes [so] the songs sound the best that they can.” Videos of the band recording were released on June 17 and June 24.Paul Miner mixed the album, and Kris Crummett mastered it.