The 'Man' Show

Rock act Hoobastank has been a favorite target of critics in recent years, but its lofty sales numbers are nothing to sneeze at.

Rock act Hoobastank has been a favorite target of critics in recent years, but its lofty sales numbers are nothing to sneeze at. The group's 2003 album "The Reason" peaked at No. 3 on The Billboard 200 and has sold more than 2.3 million copies in the United States, according to Nielsen SoundScan. Its follow-up, "Every Man for Himself," arrives this week via Island.

"I expect we'll do some shows, meet fans and have critics ready to tear it apart," frontman Doug Robb says of how he expects release week to go down. "Honestly, I want to go 'F*ck it, it's not for you, it's for me and the guys in the band.' If we're happy with it, that's what counts. We get a lot of sh*t because we don't go out of our way to be 'different' ... We're just trying to be who we are. And that's actually the theme of the album -- being yourself."

One track, "Born To Lead," features the commanding presence of a real drill sergeant. "I wouldn't want him there all the time, but he was cool," says Robb. "The song was about people wishing and praying for things instead of doing something to accomplish their dreams. It's about getting off your ass, and I think the Sarge added a lot to the song's vibe."