Seaway have been making waves as of late (pun very much intended), and their sparkling third studio album Vacation is just the cherry on top. The pop-punk icons served to put Canada on the map when they were first up-and-coming, learning from the best as they supported the likes of Neck Deep and As It Is. Now a staple in the scene in their own right, Seaway have put together this brilliant new record that’s as classic as it is innovative.
Kicking off with ‘Apartment‘, a pre-released single, Seaway already start to paint themselves in the kind of light that their fans will truly appreciate. It’s the perfect opener, utilizing the album’s title within the lyrics: “all I wanna do is nothing with you, in your apartment, on vacation…”. It comes across as almost conceptual, but what’s most important here is the overall strength of the track.
Further on there’s a woeful tune entitled ‘London‘, telling the tale of a girl who wants to move to Camden Town but “I could never move to London. I can’t go anywhere, I’m too broke”. The underlying humor isn’t unusual in the pop-punk scene, but it’s still not to be overlooked in this case as Seaway put a fresh spin on it. ‘40 Over‘ is actually the true star of the show in terms of being heartwrenching, complete with the kind of lyrics that the band’s fans will happily scream back at them. It’s not only got a fantastic breakdown but a chorus so monumental that it will be a crying shame if this doesn’t make it into the Seaway’s live shows.
‘Something Wonderful‘ is another single that dropped prior to the release of the album, but it also happens to be one of the better tracks on the album. Pop culture references (Jimmy Eat World, Friends, Saved By The Bell) make this song relatable, and the fast-paced, poppy melody is absolutely outstanding.
Seaway may not be the most famous of bands in the scene, but they’re certainly proving that they’re well on their way to the top. Vacation is their best release yet, offering a well-rounded, solid listening experience that others will find hard to beat.