If you needed to be informed (if you weren’t once aware, it’s very important you know) Seaway have been knighted as the goofiest pop-punk band the world has to offer at the moment. Their schtick has remained their ridiculous music videos and their meme-packed twitter presence, but they have always kept their art (somehow) distant from their image since their last album Colour Blind, which was very much a more mature album than the fun and loud debut Hoser. They have already made themselves a name through this, and while the quality appeared to dip somewhat on their previous release, new album Vacation sees the band clutch their old-school roots and return to what they’re best at- making music that is at its core nothing but pure unadulterated fun.
Lead single Apartment opens the album, and it begins in spectacular fashion, with a huge chorus fit for a monstrous sing-along, Seaway most definitely start as they mean to go on. The entire album carries the perfect summer vibe of ecstasy and joy. Lula On The Beach stands as the highlight of the album, with a light and bright verse accompanied with an impeccably easy to sing along to chorus backed by hard guitars. The bouncy approach skips on through Something Wonderful, giving the listener no choice but to smile, which stands as possibly the best description of the album as a whole. Seaway have been smart in combining their goofy and almost idiotic charm from Hoser and their more competent songwriting from Colour Blind leaving us with an old-school basket of ecstasy.
It’s difficult to say much else about Vacation as throughout the whole release it feels relatively samey- yet somehow it remains as fun as you’d expect right the way through. With dotted moments of romantic flair and a masterful guest appearance from Beartooth’s Caleb Shomo on Scatter My Ashes Along The Coast… Or Don’t, this new release from the pop-punk vets is definitely their strongest release so far. Vacation is not a release to sleep on, and Seaway have more than proven their worth to the world. DO NOT sleep on this record.