Release Date: Nov 4, 2014
Record label: New Damage Records
You probably know them for that music video. There's a lot more to Seaway than boyband parodies, though... The nights may be drawing in here in Blighty, but for Canada’s Seaway the sun is still shining and pop-punk is still very much in season. Following on from 2013’s ‘Hoser’, this four-track EP toys with classic bounce (‘The Let Down’), reflective tugs at the heartstrings (‘If I Came Back For You’) and impassioned rhythm (‘Your Best Friend’) to capture a snapshot of a band figuring out how to hone in on a sound without losing any of their youthful exuberance.
Pop punk isn't a genre every practitioner grows up gracefully in, but for All In My Head, Seaway have tweaked their ratio of pop to punk and have come out with something fresh. Instead of trying to emulate the sound of their last record, they've put together four songs that skilfully embody the melodic side of their genre. By sanding off some of the sharper edges found on their 2013 record, Hoser, the Oakville quintet have put power-pop sensibilities at the forefront, giving each track smooth four-chord riffs and catchy choruses and, in true pop-punk form, lyrics saturated with the woe of failed romances and jealousy, ready to transport you back into the emo-laden hallways of middle school.
Seaway is a five-member ponk (read: pop punk) band from Oakville, Ontario, and they are following up their 2013 EP, Hoser, with another EP, a four-song collection of punchy, upbeat songs called All in My Head. They’ve already been compared to the likes of fellow Canadians Sum 41 and GOB, the latter of which Seaway have toured with. What makes this EP relatively special is the fact that, while Seaway don’t do a whole heck of a lot that’s new and innovate, they do have songwriting chops, and none of these songs fall into the cloying end of things, as is the custom of many ponk bands.
Maturity can be a painful process for most any band, but especially so for outfits that truck in that lovingly juvenile genre known as pop-punk. Few come out looking or smelling terribly sweet as their creative puberty hits. Ontario-based quintet Seaway, though, have pushed right through the awkward, gangly stages and landed smack in the center of confused early adulthood on their latest EP (and first for Pure Noise Records), All In My Head.