From sadness comes reflection, and sometimes, that inspires great music.
Man Overboard leader Nik Buzzese had been toying with the idea of doing an acoustic EP for some time, but it wasn’t until the recent death of his father that the singer, bassist, and proud pop-punk defender decided to make it happen. The result is Passing Ends, a mostly unplugged five-song set that dropped on Oct. 28 via Lost Tape Collective. Recorded at the New Jersey quintet’s own Small Hill Studio, the EP ends with “For Vince,” a touching elegy for Nik’s dad. Today, NYLON Guys is pleased to premiere the official video.
The clip features a young boy playing baseball, Atari, and board games with the loving father he doesn’t realize is dying. It’s a subtle, moving video that grips the heartstrings and tugs hard, and it’s bound to get even the most stoic punk dudes claiming they have dust in their eyes. “This song is dedicated to my father, Vince Bruzzese,” Nik tells NYLON Guys. “Without him I wouldn’t be the man I am today. This is me coming face to face with loss. This song is also dedicated to anyone who has ever lost a parent.” Man Overboard recently wrapped a run of Northeast dates, and they’ll play what look to be their final shows of 2014 next month in Philly and New York City. The band then heads to Europe in April, perhaps to promote the new album they’ve promised for 2015.