Seaway Announce New Album

Following up to 2015’s Colour Blind, Seaway are preparing to release their new album Vacation, due out September 15th via Pure Noise Records. Vacation brings a change in sound but loses none of the catchy hooks or energy that Seaway have come to be known for. Check out the new single Apartment below and pre-order the new album at the bands website.

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.” – Ryan Locke, vocals

Vacation Tracklist:

1. Apartment
2. Neurotic
3. London
4. Lula On The Beach
5. Something Wonderful
6. Curse Me Out
7. Day Player
8. Misery In You
9. Scatter My Ashes
10. Car Seat Magazine
11. 40 Over
12. When I Hang Up

Interview: Seaway

With three EPs and two studio albums under their belts, Canadian pop-punkers, Seaway are really finding their feet on the scene. We caught up with them for a chat before they explode into the UK on their tour.
You’re about to hit the UK again, what’s your favourite part about visiting here?
The shows, the friends we’ve made over the years, and the short drives. Kids always go nuts in UK, and compared to the lengthy tours we’ve done throughout North America…touring the UK is a breeze. We’ve also managed to do some travelling in and around or previous UK tours which has been great. This time we are spending a few days in Iceland before and after the tour and we are stoked on that. Bummed we don’t have time to hike in the Lake District this time around though. That has always been a highlight of touring in the UK for us. 
You’re bringing along WSTR and The Gospel Youth, what made you pick these bands?
We have heard a lot of great things about WSTR from friends of ours in Neck Deep. We like touring with nice, good people. No attitude. And that is what we had heard about them. They are starting to tour more and grow as a band so it felt like a great choice for the slot. He Gospel Youth came from our friend Matty from A Loss For Words who is now managing them. He caught wind of our tour and suggested them. We checked them out and they are a great band, and a nice change from the bands we usually tour with so we are excited to meet and hang with those guys. 
How would you say the pop punk scene differs between Canada and the UK?
It is a much bigger thing in the UK. Canada is a massive country, so touring can be very hit or miss. In Canada, you have a small, select number of cities that draw solid crowds for bands of our size. In the UK, every city pops off and that is a testament to the attitude and support kids are putting forth overseas right now. Canada is definitely getting there. When we started the band, you were lucky to get 50 kids out. Now, we just headlined our biggest show yet in Toronto and it felt great to see how far our scene has come and how supportive and enthusiastic the kids are that come out. 
Do you feel the pop punk scene is dying or getting stronger?
It’s only getting started.  But I think that the label “pop punk” is dying. Bands are pushing their boundaries and trying new things. Our next record is not going to be a pop punk record, it’s has pop and punk elements, but it will be much more than that. I think that alternative music in general is growing and that’s an amazing thing.
What UK pop punks stand out to you the most?
Boston Manor. They are great. They are great people. Great stuff. Great. 
Do you have any plans for a third album, and if so – can you give us an insight on this?
I am currently writing this from  Fox Sounds where we are working on some pre-production. Still aways away from recording our record, but we have some ideas and songs floating around. Everything so far has me VERY excited to do the record. I can’t say much else right now but we are working away. 
If you had to re-record any song from Colour Blind or Hoser, what would it be?
I’m gonna go off script on this one. If I could re-record any song from our catalogue it would be “Over My Youth” from our acoustic EP ‘Clean Yourself Up’. I would want to change it a lot, but it could be a great full band song. Unfortunately our old label owns the rights to it. Oh well. 
How was 2016 for you as a band? What’re you looking forward to in 2017?
2016 was our biggest, best year yet. We are excited for everything we have planned for this year, and for what is still unknown. 
What’s the best show you’ve ever done and why?
Hmmmm. Lots of shows come to mind. Hard to say, but for me personally I really had a lot of fun at our holiday show this year. It was the first time in a while where I kind of felt like I had truly accomplished something great. We play lots of amazing support shows, but headlining to 550 kids in our home scene and watching them all lose it made for a show I won’t soon forget. 
What’s the craziest tour story you’ve got?
Holy. Way too many come to mind, which is kind of terrifying, and I will spare you all of those and keep it PG.  One time I got pulled over and checked by the secret service in Washington, DC. That was an interesting night.
Can you recommend a band that you’ve been listening to a lot recently that others may not have heard of?
These aren’t new bands, but important nonetheless. In two days we are all seeing two bands play together that were very important in shaping us as musicians and music fans. Moneen, and The Fullblast. Both from the greater Toronto Area. So I’ve been listening to them a lot to get pumped for the gig.
Without selecting pizza, what three items would you associate with pop punk?
Vans, short shorts, bad band merch.

The Gospel Youth sign to Rise Records

Theres a new signing to the alternative label Rise Records family by the name of The Gospel Youth! Bringing a blend of post hardcore and pop punk with a few shades of alternative rock, This band will hopefully be making waves with their new material this year and with a label like Rise backing them, it won’t be hard not to.

They will also be on tour with Seaway in a few weeks, to which you can see the dates below.

Jan 25 The Fleece Bristol, United Kingdom

Jan 26 The Key Club Leeds, United Kingdom

Jan 27 Stereo Glasgow, United Kingdom

Jan 29 O2 Academy 2 Newcastle Newcastle, United Kingdom

Feb 01 Epic Studios Norwich, United Kingdom

Feb 02 O2 Academy3 Birmingham, United Kingdom

Feb 03 The Underworld Camden London, United Kingdom

The Wonder Years announce US tour with some huge bands

Good Charlotte recently announced a huge tour that looked to be the showstopper for pop punk this year, but The Wonder Years have (forgive us) “come out swinging” with a massive tour of their own in response.

The band will be touring with Real FriendsKnuckle PuckMoose Blood and Seaway. Whilst it’s hard to see how all of these bands will have enough time to pull of a truly rewarding setlist, there’s no denying this is something quite incredible.

You can view all thirty dates below.

Seaway discuss ‘Colour Blind’ and career progression

Seaway have been flying the flag for Canada’s pop punk scene for a while now. Their second album Colour Blind released last year in a bouncy reverie of 2000’s trills mixed with the power of modern pop. We spoke to Andrew Eichinger (guitar) and Ken Taylor (drums) about how much the album has changed things for Seaway.

So, you’re back in the UK with Knuckle Puck, how’re you feeling about the tour? 
Andrew: Great! We’ve toured with these guys a lot, so we know them quite well now. 

You’ve been here a few times since your debut album, how do you find your response in the UK? 
Ken: I’d say the UK is one of our favourite markets to play. The kids here seem more enthusiastic to come to shows. There’s normally younger crowds who are really into coming to shows and having a good time. I think the scene here is probably stronger than most.
Andrew: It’s definitely better than Canada.
Ken: Yeah, we do better here than Canada.
Andrew: Canada’s like, hit or miss. It just depends each time. 

What are some of your favourite things to do when you’re in the UK? 
Ken: Well, we always try to not just show up at the show, play and go to the next city. We always try and see a bit of each city since there’s a lot of history in England. It’s always cool to walk around and just see everything.
Andrew: The last two tours we’ve made a point to go to the Lake District, and we went on two massive hikes, one time through so much snow. One was maybe five kilometres, but the second time it was summer and that was about ten kilometres up mountains.

You released Colour Blind last year, how was the response to that? 
Ken: Colour Blind’s been good. It’s weird, we’ve only done one tour off of Colour Blind, in October. This is our first time in the UK with Colour Blind.
Andrew: It’s been really well received over here so we’ve been hoping that these shows will show us what we’ve been waiting for. 

Have the musical influences on you guys changed much in the course of your career? 
Ken: We’ve definitely stayed true to the influences that made us a band in the first place. We try not to pay too much attention to what other bands in the genre are doing because we’re trying to be our own entity and not copy what’s popular at the time
Andrew: I’d say what we listen to changes but we don’t let it affect what we’re writing too much. 

Did you have any particular goals going into the writing of the album? 
Andrew: We just wanted to stay relevant but also do our own thing. We wanted to mix the older and maybe mid-2000’s style of pop punk and emo with what’s going on today, y’know, blend the two. We also wanted to put more emphasis on melody and that kind of thing, being more pop driven. I think that’s not as relevant in this new pop punk scene.
Ken: We want to write catchy songs. 

Were there any challenges or highlights that you faced in writing and recording the album? 
Andrew: We went into the studio thinking we had more than we actually did. When we got in there we started pre-production and we realised that we had to do a lot more writing, so the whole thing took a lot longer. We were actually in the studio for a month, came here and did a tour, then had to go back and finish it off.
Ken: It was a long process, but the fact that we took our time worked out for us, I think. 

What are your favourite songs to play live off of Colour Blind? 
Ken: I’d say all of us really enjoy playing Airhead.
Andrew: It’s a strong opener, it comes in with a punch and it’s mid-tempo but not boring. We’ve only done one tour on this album cycle and the album actually came out during the tour so we didn’t get to play that many new songs; this is the first tour we’re playing a lot of material off of the album. It’ll help us decide which ones are our favourites. 

You stated in a Reddit ‘Ask Me Anything’ even you ran that Sabrina The Teenage Bitch is one of your least favourite songs to play live. Why is that? 
Ken: I think it’s one of those things that every band has a song that you wrote early in your career, and it’s not the song that you want to define your sound. It’s not that we don’t like the song, it’s just that the things that people love about that song aren’t the things we love about this band. So, we’re not playing Sabrina today… there are certain bands that clutch onto a song and feel that they have to play it, they owe it to their fans, but we think it’s more important to get people to realise that yeah, there was a song that helped get us on the map, but we’re writing better songs now.
Andrew: Yeah, that song did a lot for us at the beginning and it’s how a lot of people got to know about our band, but we feel like we’ve grown out of that song and we didn’t want to keep playing it just because. We still like it. 

So, maybe in the future you’ll play it again? 
Andrew: Oh, definitely. We’re not ruling it out. 

There was quite a trend last year with more positivity in pop punk, what with Knuckle Puck’s and Neck Deep’s albums and your own of course. On your part was that a conscious choice? 
Ken: I think so, yeah.
Andrew: From the start, we’ve always wanted to do that. Obviously you have to have sad songs – well, you don’t have to but the best music is often sad and heartfelt, but we kinda just tried to do a mix of both. 

Do you think that the number of bands going in the pop punk scene and the popularity it causes is a good thing for the scene? 
Ken: I think so, it helps it stay relevant. The bands that started the re-emergence of pop punk are probably in a place where they’re starting to get older and wanting to do different things in their lives. A lot of them are announcing final shows or hiatuses and stuff, but a lot of new bands are gaining more momentum. Not necessarily taking their place, but filling the gap that would be there if these bands had just broken up. We’re one of those bands. We were probably the first pop punk band in our area to take off but we’re not going to be the last and we wouldn’t want it to be that way, because otherwise that’s how scenes die. That’s what happened last time, it died because bands stop making that kind of music. That’s why in the late 2000s, there really wasn’t that much going down. Some people might think it’s over populated, but we’re all for new bands coming up and giving them a chance to make it large. 

You mentioned that you’ve only been on tour with Colour Blind once, but has the album changed the outset of your live show much? 
Andrew: I feel like it’s the same kind of vibe that it always has been which is fun, it’s positive, but I think that us playing the new songs gives us more energy, so hopefully that relays to the crowd. We’ll have to see, I guess. 

Do you guys think that music has to have a meaning, or is music for music’s sake cool too? 
Ken: I think there’s room for both. There are some bands that have really personal messages that people can relate to on a really deep level and there are also pop songs that we all love that are really about nothing. As long as it’s not boring, I think we’re all about it. We might have songs that people have no idea what they’re about because it’s just simple lines or whatever, but if it’s catchy and it keeps you jumping up and down and makes you want to go jump off the stage, that’s great. 

In terms of you guys as a band, do you have a long term goal? 
Andrew: I think that any band’s goal is just to be as big as they can be, doing what they want to do, and to be better all the time. We know we’ve worked really hard to do everything we’ve done as a band. We know it’s not easy, and that you have to work for what you can get. I think we’re just following that plan at the moment, keep working and keep writing songs, touring and hopefully it keeps happening. 

If you guys had to cover a Knuckle Puck song, what would it be? 
Andrew: Oh, what’s that song off of their first EP that we always talk about covering?
Ken: Stuck.
Andrew: Yeah! It would probably be Stuck.