ALBUM REVIEW: Seaway – Fresh Produce

Release Date: April 19th 2019
Label: Pure Noise Records


Ontario pop-punks Seaway have really made waves (no pun intended) in the last few years, releasing three full-length records to grow and build their foundations among both their peers and their ever growing fanbase.

The Canadians are now offering a look into their lesser known material, some covers, and a few different takes on their already established tracks on their ‘Fresh Produce’ compilation record.

Proceedings open with ‘Pleasures’, one of the two brand new tracks. Instantly, the song brings back nostalgic feelings on early to mid 00s pop-punk, particularly from bands like The All-American Rejects and New Found Glory. Other new cut, ‘Blur’, follows-up next, and almost plays a reverse uno card, delivering more of a modern pop-punk a la Neck Deep and As It Is.

The choice of covers are of different artists and eras which get the pop-punk treatment. The Cars‘ 1978 classic ‘Just What I Needed’ sounds fairly close to its original counterpart. Well, as close as you can with a pop-punk take. The other is the far more recent summertime crafted banger ‘Closer’ by The Chainsmokers and Halsey, which fits perfectly with a pop-punk skin fitted on it.

‘If I Came Back For You’, a hard-hitting breakup song, closes the record off, and, while admittedly it doesn’t feel overly emotional, it’s still both anthemic and relatable, and a really good way to cap everything off.

‘Fresh Produce’ is a really good compilation. These kinds of albums can often be hit or miss, but thankfully Seaway have definitely knocked the ball out of the park. It’s got a really nice blend of b-sides, new material, different versions of old songs, and a handful of covers, and it flows like a regular studio album as opposed to a cut and shunt project.