Formed in 2011, Seaway has become known for their own brand of pop punk, one that is fun and infectious, to say the least.
They have had three studio albums and four EPs so have built up an impressive back catalogue, one that they are now playing around with for this compilation album.
This album is a mix of new and old there are B-sides and alternate versions of fan favourites. It has 2 brand new singles, a couple reimagined versions of tracks from Vacation, as well as the re-release of their 2014 EP, All In My Head.
The record opens with one of the brand new songs, ‘Pleasures’. It’s a catchy tune that helps solidify the band’s position as a pop-punk staple for fans of the genre. Next is a B-side from Vacation called ‘Blur’. It is a wonderful ballad that didn’t quite make the cut for Vacation because it didn’t seem to fit with the rest of the material.
The following four songs are all alternate versions of already loved songs, ‘Something Wonderful’, ‘40 Over’, ‘Lula On The Beach’ and ‘Slam/Shy Guys’. A favourite of which has to be ‘Something Wonderful’ as it predictably lives up to its name. The new sound fits well and creates a perfect tune to sing as one of those pop songs by the fire even if it is not from 2002. As the lyric goes, “and we’ll sing pop songs by the fire from 2002”.
Then we come to the covers including ‘Hand in My Pocket’ originally by Alanis Morissette, ‘Just What I Needed’ originally by The Cars and ‘Closer’ originally by The Chainsmokers. That is a good variety of covers each one better than the last and enjoyable even if you are not a fan of the originals.
This record presents us with quite an eclectic mix of songs and as albums go it’s definitely worth a listen. Listeners can appreciate the album even if they’ve never heard any of the songs before. In fact, it’s quite a nice introduction to Seaway and will probably leave newcomers looking to hear more.