The world is saturated with pop-punk bands that stand in two different categories. One corner has the raw aggressive fast-paced bands that are so quick to mimic Parker Cannon, or the polar opposite with the saccharine soaked pop sing-a-longs of As It Is and All Time Low. But, where does the next New Found Glory come from? Why has the popularity of bands like Four Year Strong died down? Here we have Seaway, who look to bridge the gap with a more ‘traditional’ take on the so called pop-punk of the early 2000s with their second full-length, ‘Colour Blind’, but they’ll need to be more consistently inspired to keep the imagination of a rigid generation for the genre.
A decent debut in ‘Hoser’ two years ago put Seaway in a decent position to return in 2015 and rubber stamp their name alongside the latest crop of pop-punk extraordinaire. The Canadian band stand out for their fun and interesting tones that satisfy fans of melodic rock, but has enough oomph to keep them out of the kids only bracket. ‘Trick (So Sweet)’ and ‘Best Mistake’ are anthems in the making, nodding back to an era of Mest and The Starting Line, just in time for a scene that needs a shake up. Fast.
The soft start to album opener ‘Slam’, has more in common with post-emo rock, but an abrupt entry into the faster mood to the album kicks off the excitement, and the background vocal chip ins surround the song with fresh nostalgia.
Sadly, the quality doesn’t run through the whole of ‘Colour Blind’, as the more pop related material arrives, and tracks like ‘Airhead’ and ‘Stubborn Love’ feel less genuine and the lyrics are so cheesy that they grow tiresome very quickly. The record doesn’t hit the necessary heights all the way through, but that’s okay. There’s enough here to please a new audience, and perhaps even a younger crowd that are used to the 5 Seconds Of Summers of the world that have branched out to a whole new realm of music outside of the blinkered mainstream.
Seaway feel like a band that you’ll enjoy now, but look back in six or seven years time and think “Oh, really? I was into this?”, but it’s good enough for now and, although it’s certainly not more daring that anything else out there, it’s at least a little bit different to the 2015 releases that we’ve heard so far.
Written by Mike Heath (@MikeBeef)