Often the greatest thing about music isn’t the way it sounds, the way it’s made or how it’s performed. What matters is how it makes you feel, and Seaway have that nailed.
In ‘Vacation’, the Toronto lads have produced a pop-punk album that’s loved-up and lonely in equal measure, conjuring up nostalgia for things that haven’t even happened yet.
‘Something Wonderful’ is driven by 100-mile-an-hour handclaps and Friends references and is the best offbeat love song you’ll hear all year, while the dual vocals of the equally sunny ‘Car Seat Magazine’ combine testy, relatable lyrics about a relationship breaking down with a chorus that would sound huge in any genre.
Because of course, it wouldn’t be a Seaway album if there wasn’t some feel bad to go with the feelgood vibes. That’s where a morose but effective guest vocal from Beartooth’s Caleb Shomo on ‘Scatter My Ashes Along The Coast Or Don’t’ comes in. Meanwhile ‘When I Hang Up’, charts the demise of the summer relationship that’s loosely traced across ‘Vacation’ – careering in with a swift, infectious one-two punch.
This is the moment Seaway become real contenders, but more than that, it might just be the pop-punk album of the year.