ThePunkSite.com

Seaway

Seaway

Vacation

Pure Noise Records (US) / Dine Alone Records (CAN)
By

Rating: 3.5/5

 
 

 

 

Canadian pop-punk act Seaway is already on their third full length, and while many of these youthful Hopeless and Fearless Records type pop-punk bands tend to fade away after a couple of albums and tours, the Ontario quintet continues to build momentum.  Their previous album, Colour Blind, marked a worthwhile step forward from Hoser, their rather paint-by-number debut.  Their twelve-song follow up, Vacation, continues this trend with enough tact and energy to solidify Seaway as having earned their keep and credibility as one of the better candidates to bear the pop-rock standard these days.

On the surface Vacation feels youthful and upfront – an album about taking a break from the daily grind and hitting the road.  But a closer listen reveals that the reference to a “vacation” serves more as a loose theme more like a synonym for leaving or running away.  In fact, most tracks seldom see any sunny beaches or spring break destinations.  Rather, they are written from the perspective of the ones left behind.  For instance, album opener “Apartment” is about taking a vacation from life in your living room, while “Neurotic” playfully toys with the idea of being “on the run.”  In “London” the band sings about a young woman hopping town with a year’s rent en route to England, and how they “could never move to London” because they’re “too broke.”  So while people travel throughout the record, the band stays grounded much of the time (although they do get some sun on “Lula On The Beach”).

Musically, the band continues to sound youthful and energetic without feeling juvenile.  With plenty of “na na na” embedded choruses and witty wordplay (i.e. “Scatter My Ashes On The Beach”), Seaway holds their own while conjuring thoughts of Story Of The Year, Yellowcard and New Found Glory.  The band isn’t nearly as cheesy as they were five years back, and the hooks are strategically catchy rather than bathed in excess.

Seaway offers a solid third entry into their growing discography.  Vacation is a well envisioned and executed dose of pop-punk with a little more below the surface.  While Seaway may have launched their career with surface level hooks, they continue to push forward and differentiate themselves from the pack.  If you’re looking for a quality soundtrack to your next staycation, then Seaway’s Vacation is a worthy choice.

Video: Seaway – Lula On the Beach

Rarity

Pop punk band Seaway has premiered a new song from their upcoming new album.  the song is titled “Lula On the Beach” and will appear on the Vacation, which is due out on September 15, 2017 via Pure Noise Records. The album follows 2015’s Colour Blind.
 
Listen to the song below.

Read More…

Life Lessons Release ‘Best When In Motion’ EP

Life Lessons BWIMOklahoma City’s Life Lessons have just released their new EP, Best When In Motion, via You Did This Records and Triple Crown Records, the new EP is the follow up to the band’s previous self-released EP’s, I Know What I’m Not and What The Silence Meant. In support of Best When In Motion, Life Lessons have joined Four Year Strong on their Rise Or Die Trying 10 year anniversary tour along with Seaway, Life Pacific and Greyscale.
 
Best When In Motion is available for purchase and streaming here
 
Life Lessons US tour dates can be viewed below

Read More…

Seaway – Curse Me Out

Rarity

Pop punk band Seaway has premiered a new song from their upcoming new album.  the song is titled “Curse Me Out” and will appear on the Vacation, which is due out on September 15, 2017 via Pure Noise Records. The album follows 2015’s Colour Blind.
 
Listen to the song below.

Read More…

Seaway – Something Wonderful

Rarity

Pop punk band Seaway has premiered a new song from their upcoming new album.  the song is titled “Something Wonderful” and will appear on the Vacation, which is due out on September 15, 2017 via Pure Noise Records. The album follows 2015’s Colour Blind.
Listen to the song below.

Read More…

Tours: Seaway / Silverstein

Rarity

Pop punk band Seaway has announced that they will be heading on tour with Silverstein this Fall.  The band recently released details about their freshly announced album, Vacation, which is due out on September 15, 2017 via Pure Noise Records. The album follows 2015’s Colour Blind.
 
Tour dates are below.

Read More…

Seaway Detail New Full Length

Rarity

Pop punk band Seaway has released details about their freshly announced album, Vacation, on September 15, 2017 via Pure Noise Records. The album follows 2015’s Colour Blind.  Vocalist Ryan Locke comments:
Vacation is a step in a new direction for us. While still holding onto familiar aspects of the band, we definitely explored new destinations for Seaway. It is the best music we’ve written thus far; the record we’ve been working towards for the last 4 years.
 

Hamilton, Ontario’s Rarity and Coldfront will serve as support for Seaway‘s upcoming tour.  Tour dates, track listing and album art are below.

Read More…

WSTR Stream New Single, Announce UK Shows

wstrLiverpool, UK based pop punks WSTR are streaming their latest single Nail The Casket (Thanks For Nothing). The track is the 4th to be featured ahead of the release of their debut full length, Red, Green or In-between, on January 20th via No Sleep Records. 

The band are hitting the road later this month on the back of the LP’s release supporting Canadian punks Seaway on their UK tour.

Check out the stream of Nail The Casket (Thanks For Nothing) and the full list of tour dates below.

Read More…

The Gospel Youth Sign With Rise/Velocity Records

gospel-youthThe Gospel Youth has signed with Rise/Velocity Records and will be going into the studio with producer Romesh Dodangoda (Motorhead, Bring Me The Horizon, Twin Atlantic) in the coming months with plans to release a new album later this year. The Gospel Youth will also be touring the UK with Seaway and WSTR starting later this month.

You can view the video for The Miles We Are Apart, and their tour dates, below Read More…

Tours: The Wonder Years / Real Friends / Knuckle Puck / Moose Blood / Seaway

Wonder YearsPhiladelphia pop punk group The Wonder Years have announced that they will be heading on tour with Real Friends, Knuckle Puck,Moose Blood, and Seaway.  The band continues to support their latest LP, No Closer to Heaven, available now through Hopeless Records.

Full tour listings can be found below.

Read More…

Rarity Release ‘Inhale’ Video and Announce Tour With Seaway

rarity tourCanada’s Rarity have just unveiled the new video for the track Inhale, which is culled from their Rise Records debut album, I Couldn’t Be Weaker. They are also currently supporting Seaway on their Canadian tour which runs through to July 29.

Tickets for all shows can be purchased here

I Couldn’t Be Weaker is available for download on iTunes and can be purchased on all formats here

You can check out the Inhale video below

Read More…

Rarity To Support Seaway On Tour

RarityHamilton, Ontario’s Rarity has announced that they will be joining Coldfront as support for Seaway‘s upcoming tour.  The band continues to support their Rise Records debut, I Couldn’t Be Weaker, which is due out on April 15, 2016.

Tour dates are below.

Read More…

Video: Seaway – Stubborn Love

SeawayCanadian pop-punks Seaway have premiered a new music video.  The video features the song is “Stubborn Love,” which is lifted from their sophomore full length, Colour Blind, released last year via New Damage Records.  

Watch the video below.

Read More…

Video: Hit The Lights – ‘No Filter’

Hit The LightsLA pop punks Hit The Lights have posted a video for their track No Filter. The song is taken from their latest full length Summer Bones, released last year via Pure Noise Records.

The band are also joining Seaway, Boston Manor, Can’t Swim and Casey Bolles for the Pure Noise Records Tour this spring. Check out the video for No Filter and the full list of tour dates below.

Read More…

Tours: Hit The Lights / Seaway / Boston Manor / Can’t Swim / Casey Bolles

SeawayBay area independent label Pure Noise Records has announced the “Pure Noise Records Tour.” The roster features performances from Hit The Lights, Seaway, Boston Manor, Can’t Swim and Casey Bolles.
 
Full tour listings can be found below.

Read More…

Seaway

Seaway

Colour Blind

New Damage/ Pure Noise Records
By

Rating: 4/5

 
 

 

 

With the release of their second full-length, Seaway is attempting to build upon the momentum they found with the recent release of their EP and some high profile tours in the U.S. and overseas with other rapidly rising bands on the scene, including fellow pop punkers, Neck Deep. Their debut, Hoser, was a tidy collection of catchy anthems with frustratingly poor production, but their EP All in My Head showed exceptional growth and gave insight to their potential. While Canadian bands have traditionally struggled to break through outside of the country, the increased exposure given to the band with their signing to Pure Noise Records in the U.S. coupled with relentless touring over the past couple of years has helped to launch the group to the forefront of the modern pop punk scene.

On their second full-length, the guys expand their sound in subtle ways, while still remaining true to their pop punk roots. There are echoes of emo that starts off lead track “Slam.”  The decision to lead with this song shows that they are willing to take chances with their sound, which is important. Too many bands in the genre stagnate early in their career and keep reproducing the same songs as if they were the pop punk AC/DC, which is something we could all do without. There are straightforward pop punk songs that fans of their debut will love, full of catchy choruses and teenage angst, but there is more variation as a whole. Dual vocalists add depth to the sound. Comparisons to New Found Glory are especially relevant when listening to the whiny vocals of Patrick Carleton , but the gravel-throated singing of Ryan Locke prevents them from being a knockoff like many of their peers, adding a Living With Lions vibe to some songs, which is as high of a compliment as can be given to a modern pop punk band. 

The songs still have a youthful energy that fans will expect from the band who made the hilariously corny Seaboiz video, but despite the obvious similarity of that video to Blink-182’s “All the Small Things” they reign in the juvenile humour and skip the idiotic dick jokes. The lyrics are occasionally a little cringeworthy, such as “I’ve got this funny feeling that you’ve got this funny feeling” (Best Mistake) or “So maybe I’m a freak, but you freak me out” (Freak). Overall, though, the guys deftly express the ups and downs of growing up. On “Stubborn Love,” the guys tackle a broken heart with plenty of melody, singing “Cause tonight your hair falls around your ears and it makes me want to stay, but I’m keeping at a distance for all the decisions that I’ve made” before the protagonist quietly slips out the back door. The song has a nostalgic tone that looks at both sides of a breakup, accepting that it is over while feelings still linger. It is one of the points where the band show how far they have come from the goofy songs on Hoser. They look at relationships from a different perspective on “Airhead” discussing a common problem for touring musicians as the guys trade off lines like “Being lonely is different than being alone, Like when you call and nobody picks up the phone.” It has a hopeful tone, showing some emotional maturity, as he admits to occasionally being a “fucking airhead” which shows how much the person the song is directed at loves and accepts him, faults and all. Those who fell in love with the band recently will be happy to hear “Growing Stale” which sounds very similar to “Your Best Friend.” The similarity is intentional, as the guys reprise the line “don’t you go crying now,” tying the tracks together. On “Day She Left,” Locke’s rough-edged vocals really stand out, as the band picks up the tempo for their strongest track on the album. Carleton channels Patrick Stump with his smooth vocals, which nicely contrast Locke’s.

In a very short career, Seaway has managed to grow as musicians efficiently. There is no denying that Colour Blind is a huge leap forward from Hoser, but the guys still manage to retain their youthful energy. It is refreshing to see a Canadian group getting recognition down South and overseas. Hopefully, this will open the doors for some of our other high-quality bands. For now, it is nice to see someone filling the void that Living With Lions left when they slowed down. 

Seaway – Trick

SeawayCanadian pop-punks Seaway have premiered a new song.  The song is titled “Trick” and will appear on their sophomore full length.  The album will be titled Colour Blind and is due out on October 23, 2015 via New Damage Records.  

Check out the new song below.

Read More…

Seaway – Growing Stale

SeawayCanadian pop-punks Seaway have premiered a new song.  The song is titled “Growing Stale” and will appear on their sophomore full length.  The album will be titled Colour Blind and is due out on October 23, 2015 via New Damage Records.  

Watch the video below.

Read More…

Seaway – Airhead

SeawayCanadian pop-punks Seaway have premiered a new song.  The song is titled “Airhead” and will appear on their sophomore full length.  The album will be titled Colour Blind and is due out on October 23, 2015 via New Damage Records.  

Watch the video below.

Read More…

Seaway – Best Mistake

SeawayCanadian pop-punks Seaway has premiered a new track.  The song is titled “Best Mistake” and will appear on their sophomore full length. Guitarist Andrew Eichinger comments on the tune:

“The idea for Best Mistake originally came from a deep cut demo that didn’t make “All In My Head” but that we still really liked. We re-worked it a ton and completely turned the song around into one of our favourite songs to date. The song is about the events surrounding an instance where you  find or stumble upon someone almost by mistake but then ultimately realize that it was never really a mistake at all and actually a perfect situation.”

The album will be titled Colour Blind and is due out on October 23, 2015 via New Damage Records.  

 

Seaway Announces New Album; Premieres First Track

SeawayCanadian pop-punks Seaway has announced plans for their sophomore full length.  The album will be titled Colour Blind and is due out on October 23, 2015 via New Damage Records.  

Coinciding with the announcement, Seaway has premiered the music video for the new song “Freak.”  Vocalist Ryan Locke comments on the new tune:

“While recording Colour Blind, we as a band agreed that “Freak” should be the first song released to the masses… It embodies the fun, playful feel that we were going for when writing and recording the album. “Freak” is about being an outcast and a weirdo, but being completely okay with it. The video accompanying the song is archived footage that our friend Miguel Barbosa of YEAH! Films fame shot during our high school years. Back then we would run a muck of parties that we snuck into because we were too weird to be invited to. Outcasts of the world, don’t be afraid to let your freak flag fly.”

Watch it below.

Read More…

Tours: Sorority Noise / Head North / Knuckle Puck / Seaway

Sorority NoiseSorority Noise and Head North have announced they will be heading on a North American tour this Fall with Knuckle Puck and Seaway. Sorority Noise continue to support of their recent full length record Joy, Departed, released this past Spring on Topshelf Records.

Full tour listings are below.

Read More…

Video: Seaway – Alberta

SeawayOakville, ON’s Seaway has premiered a brand new music video.  The video features the track “Your Best Friend” and is from the band’s upcoming new EP entitled All In My Head, which is set to drop on November 4, 2014 via Pure Noise Records.  The disc will follow their debut full length, Hoser, which dropped last year via Mutant League Records.

Watch the video below.

Read More…

New Damage Records Free Winter Sampler

New Damage RecordsNew Damage Records is giving away a free Winter sampler.  The 22 song compilation features contributions from bands like GOBThe FlatlinersSlatesSeaway, and Cancer Bats to name a few.

Download the full disc here.

Tour: Bayside / Seaway (US & Canada)

SeawayOakville, ON pop punk band Seaway have been announced as the support for Queens based punks Bayside’s 15 year anniversary shows next spring. Seaway are out in support of their recent full length, All In My Head, released earlier this month via Pure Noise Records.

Check out the full list of dates below.

Read More…

Seaway Stream New EP

SeawayOakville, ON’s Seaway has premiered a brand their upcoming new EP, entitled All In My Head, which is set to drop on November 4, 2014 via Pure Noise Records.  The disc will follow their debut full length, Hoser, which dropped last year via Mutant League Records.

Listen to the disc here courtesy AbsolutePunk.

Video: Seaway – Your Best Friend

SeawayOakville, ON’s Seaway has premiered a brand new music video.  The video features the track “Your Best Friend” and is from the band’s upcoming new EP entitled All In My Head, which is set to drop on November 4, 2014 via Pure Noise Records.  The disc will follow their debut full length, Hoser, which dropped last year via Mutant League Records.

Watch the video here.

Seaway Announce New EP

SeawayOakville, ON’s Seaway has signed on with Pure Noise Records.  The band plans to release a brand new EP entitled All In My Head November 4, 2014.  The disc will follow their debut full length, Hoser, which dropped last year via Mutant League Records.

Album art and track listing are below.

Read More…

Bayside Announce Headline Tour, Premiere Video for ‘Pigsty’

Bayside1 - Credit Tom Falcone - FINALQueens pop punkers Bayside have announced a headline tour across the east coast kicking off on October. They are out in support of their latest record Cult (Hopeless Records), which debuted in the top 25 of the Billboard Top 200 album chart. The shows will see them joined by fellow New Yorkers I Am Avalanche and Canadian pop punks Seaway. 

Bayside recently premiered their latest video for Pigsty  via The A.V. Club, and you can check it out, as well as the full list of dates below.

Read More…

Tours: Bayside / Seaway / I Am The Avalanche

Bayside 2014Pop-punk outfit Bayside has announced plans to tour this Fall.  The band will be heading hitting the road with I Am The Avalanche and  Seaway.  The band continues to support their latest full length, Cult, released earlier this year via Hopeless Records.

Tour dates are below.

Read More…

Candy Hearts Tour / Detail New Album

Candy-Hearts-band-2014Indie pop punk band Candy Hearts have announced they are joining Driver Friendly as support on the Buzznet! sponsored tour alongside headliners Seaway and Stickup Kid starting in July. The NY/NJ based outfit are also about to drop their new album, All The Ways You Let Me Down, on June 10th via Violently Happy/Bridge 9 Records. 

Ahead of the official release, the band have premièred a stream of the lead single I Miss You, which, along with the band’s upcoming tour dates, can be checked out below.

Read More…