Rising stars look set to shoot even further following the release of a stellar single.

Apartment was offered up to us alongside the terrific news that Seaway have finished up their newest album, Vacation; which is set to release on September 15th. If this single is anything to go by, the album looks set to be another solid demonstration of the way in which pop-punk can be such an appealing genre, despite some of the predispositions that some might have. A heavy criticism of pop-punk, one that I make many times myself, is the recurring theme of repetition – a plethora of bands that are near impossible to tell apart due to the recycled sound. Seaway tick all the boxes of a cookie-cutter pop-punk band, but at the same time managing to break the mould, ever so subtly, with several aspects of their sound.

Personally, I feel that the duo of Ryan Locke and Patrick Carleton, implementing both of their vocals, is at the forefront as to why I enjoy Seaway so much. If they were to limit themselves with just the one, lone vocalist, I fear that this band would become very one dimensional, lacking depth and ambience. Instead, we have the twangy whine of Carleton and the slightly rough-around-the-edges vocals from Locke. Apartment is a perfect example of the effective way in which these two vocalists operate in coalition with each other – the call and response that is carried throughout the single convey a conversational tone – one that fits the theme of the song. We relate to the dialogue occurring, and the cohesion is an impressive dynamic.

Another aspect that I really like from this track is the balance in pace – we flit back and forth from a typically bouncy and happy pop-punk air, to a slightly melancholic state that perfectly reflects the emotion behind the song. This disparity allows the chorus to still have the same sucker-punch that provokes the listener to jump around and involve themselves with the song on a physical level. The downtime in the song is where the listener can involve themselves on a mental level – reflection upon the music and its lyrics, allowing us to appreciate the craft.

The slightest of concerns lies in the fact that Apartment could have been pulled straight from 2015’s Colour Blind which, while a very good album, would indicate a certain lack of progression over the two-year absence that Seaway have enjoyed. One friend described this single as ‘very Seaway’. Of course, there are a couple of ways to look at this – on one hand, Seaway are exercising what went so well in 2015 and using it to their advantage – on the other, there is an air of complacency. We shall have to wait for the release of Vacation as a completion to decide – I believe that Seaway need to demonstrate some progression in order for the album to make a decisive impression.

4/5 Bytes.

Aaron Jackson.
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