It’s been over a year since Seaway brought us a new album and now their back with Big Vibe which is exactly what it says on the tin. With the world in a little chaos, it seems the guys have put the extra time to use in providing us with a new release of Pop Punk extraness!
Kicking off with “Brain in a Jar” we are greeted with the familiar styling of the band with their fast-paced energy. However, it’s the title track which is the stand out from the album which instantly pulls you in and envelopes you with a sound that really is like coming home to the band. The album does take a slow turn with “If You Let Me” but don’t be fooled as the chorus packs a punch that flips the mood while still not hitting the full force energy that the rest of the album holds. With each track being something new and exciting, “Pathetic” will get your toes tapping alongside your fingers typing away while “Sick Puppy” takes you on a journey of highs and lows as the pace alters between the fast and energetic to the slow and melodic. There is something available for every mood of your day.
Since forming in 2011, the Canadian band has released three full-length studio albums – 2013’s Hoser, 2015’s Colour Blind and 2017’s Vacation – and firmly established itself within the pop-punk genre. Until now. Because with the release of the fourth album, Big Vibe (produced by Anton DeLost), the Toronto band is shaking things up significantly. And while the band isn’t closing the door to its past, this is a very deliberate step away from it.
“This record is a big stepping stone for us,” admits vocalist Ryan Locke. “I think we’ve slowly carved our place in the scene and now we’re just trying to take the next big step, to wherever that may be.”
“It’s probably a cliché to say this,” adds guitarist Andrew Eichinger, “but I think this is the record we’ve always wanted to make. Because before, we always had in the back of our minds a thought about what people wanted to hear. This time, we just thought we’d write a bunch of songs and see how they came out. Honestly, we just did whatever the hell we wanted.”
Big Vibe is 36 minutes of pure joy that is certain to make those hours of working from home more exciting. It’s an album that you didn’t realize that you were missing and I’ve no doubt that once our venues reopen will be incredible live too!
Big Vibe Tracklisting:
1. Brain In a Jar
2. Big Vibe
3. Mrs. David
4. Still Blue
5. Wild Things
7. Sweet Sugar
9. If You Let Me
11. Sick Puppy
Seaway will release their new album Big Vibe on October 16th via Pure Noise Records.