This alternate version of 'Something Wonderful' is by its name, something wonderful.
Rock Sound is excited to be hosting the world premiere of the alternate version of Seaway's 'Something Wonderful', off their upcoming album 'Fresh Produce' - an album of b-sides and alternate versions of their classics. Check it out below.
'Fresh Produce' is set to drop May 19 through Pure Noise - just before Seaway head to the UK for Slam Dunk!
We caught up with Seaway frontman Ryan Locke to talk all things 'Fresh Produce', the future, and so much more.
WHAT WAS THE THINKING BEHIND PUTTING TOGETHER A COMPILATION LIKE ‘FRESH PRODUCE’?
Says Ryan: "It’s one of those weird things. We had been working on a couple of new singles after 'Vacation' just to keep us going. We had some free time at the end of a tour so we decided to stay in LA and work on some bits. ‘Blur’ was actually from the ‘Vacation’ recording and then ‘Pleasures’ was a brand new song. So we had those and thought that we could do something like an acoustic release, but we didn’t really want to just do another boring guitar and vocal thing. Working with Anton DeLost, who has done all of our earliest stuff, is always really comfortable so we went in wondering what we could do. So we thought about going for a folkier vibe or an electronic vibe on some of our old tracks. We also had some covers that we did as random bits of fun between tours. Then we realised we had all of this shit. I would love to say that it was all a well thought out process, and it kind of was. But we really just wanted to bridge the gap between ‘Vacation’ and the next album. We’ve been so busy for the last two years. If we weren’t touring we were writing and then recording so it’s a lot of time away. So it was just a bunch of different sessions coming together into one release. It’s just a really fun treat for our fans."
YOU INCLUDED ALL FOUR TRACKS FROM YOUR 2014 EP ‘ALL IN MY HEAD’ AT THE TAIL-END OF 'FRESH PRODUCE' AS WELL. HOW DO YOU FEEL LOOKING BACK ON THOSE SONGS FIVE YEARS ON AND TAKING IN HOW FAR YOU HAVE COME?
"It’s kind of crazy. That was also our first release on Pure Noise so for so many people it was the first time they would have heard of our band. I feel like you don’t get too stoked on playing the old songs, especially ones from five years ago. Yet I still think that they are great songs so we’ve been talking about what we should be playing on the upcoming tour. It’s a cool thing for the fans that have been following us since then. Putting it into perspective, it’s crazy to think where the band has gone in terms of our sound and our careers since. I remember when it was coming out we were on tour and staying at Nick [Casasanto] from Knuckle Puck’s house. It was one of those crazy days where you’re excited to see what people think. It was the first time we realised that this was really starting things off. It was one of the first times a wider audience heard us."
WHAT WAS IT LIKE FOR YOU REWORKING SO MANY SONGS INTO SOUNDS COMPLETELY DIFFERENT?
"I feel as though doing that has helped us bridge the gap in ways we had never really realised. We were recently practicing the new version of ‘Slam/Shy Guy’ to play on the tour and thought that it felt kind of slow. Maybe kids won’t be moving as much as they would to the normal version of ‘Slam’ but it’s probably a good thing for them to see that side of us. Not that we are going in some sleepy direction. Maybe some people will be miffed that they can’t stage dive to ‘Everything Is Cool Man’ but maybe others will be able to see how we are growing as musicians and as a band."
IN TERMS OF THE NEW SONGS, ARE THEY A GOOD REPRESENTATION OF THE SOUND WE CAN EXPECT MOVING FORWARD?
"I really hate when bands go ‘oh we’re not pop-punk anymore’. Like dog, even though you have a bit of a darker song now you’re still touring with the same bands. I’m not saying that we aren’t going to be a pop-punk band anymore, but I turned 27 the other week. We’re all getting older and it’s a step in a much more mature older direction, as much of a cliché as it is. We’re still going to be fun. We’re not becoming some dark, emotional post-grunge band. So we’re writing now and getting things together and it’s going to be a step in a different direction. I’d be lying if I didn’t say it was different but I’d also be lying if I said it isn’t still Seaway. You want to write something that is relevant now but also something that will still hold up in 10 years time. We don’t want to just do what’s hot now because that would be selling ourselves short."
HOW DOES IT FEEL FOR YOU LOOKING BACK OVER HOW HECTIC THESE LAST TWO YEARS HAVE BEEN?
"There are two trains of thought to it. On the one hand we love all of the opportunities that we got. ‘Vacation’ definitely took us to some new heights for sure. In terms of what we wanted to achieve and what we did achieve we got it. Developing a new audience, playing bigger shows, doing some headlining. I think we are all very happy with where we are right now. On the other hand we are also still very hungry. I think that’s the great thing about touring. It makes you want to achieve the things that your peers are achieving for yourself."
WHAT IS IT THAT IS MAKING YOU FEEL SO PUMPED ABOUT THE FUTURE OF SEAWAY?
"We’re still in the early stages of things and still trying to figure out exactly what we’re doing. But we are holding the steering wheel at the minute and that is exciting. We get to decide where this is going to go. On other records we thought ‘maybe we should do this because it works’ but we’re at a point in our career where people know what we are about. We’re a bit poppy and we’re a bit punk. We have a wide range of influences. We’re not just the emotional pop-punk band and I think people are starting to understand that. This gives us the opportunity to take this in the direction that we want. We’ve been a bit rushed in the past so now we are taking a lot of time off to really figure out where we are going to go. ‘Vacation’ was the record we were ready to make at that point and now we are just going to keep going towards figuring out exactly what Seaway is."
With all that said, the future of Seaway looks bright! Check out the world premiere of the alternate version of 'Something Wonderful' below:
Seaway are set to appear at Slam Dunk in the UK next month! Slam Dunk 2019 will take place on May 25 in Leeds and May 26 in Hatfield, with tickets available here.