An Interview With: Seaway

Posted: Tuesday 25 September 2018

A year on from the release of third album, Vacation, we caught up with Seaway vocalist Ryan Locke to reflect on the past 12 months and find out what will be going down on their upcoming tour with State Champs.

It’s been a while since you were last in the UK, other than the shows, what are you most looking forward to about being back?

I think I’m most looking forward to seeing some sights and seeing some friends. The last two times we’ve been over to the UK its been in the winter so we’ve been less inclined to walk around and explore the cities. Being back in the autumn will be great to sightsee in the cities that have always given us such warm welcomes when we play.

You wrote an entire song about London for your most recent album, is it still a very love/hate relationship?

I don’t know if you can even call it a love/hate relationship. We love coming to the city, we are all just too broke to ever live in a place like that! The shows are always amazing and the fans are always very welcoming so other than rent prices and pint prices, we really do love it!

We feel that. It’s been a year since Vacation came out now, have you achieved everything you wanted to with it?

We are very happy with where Vacation has taken us, but I think we are always hungry to take it even higher. We have achieved some great things with this record but we have a lot more we want to do as a band. We try to keep looking forward instead of getting too comfortable with any achievements.

Did you always have the idea to create a summery album full of holiday vibes? Or did it just sort of, happen?

I think as a band we have always had a pretty summery vibe, but at the same time the album is also a product of where we were at the time of writing it. It was the first time we made a record outside of Toronto, so living in L.A. for a month definitely added to the summery vibes of the record.

Is this the start of a series of albums dedicated to seasons? What could we expect from a Winter addition?

Not exactly, but we do have plans to put out some sort of acoustic release of older songs this winter. Those will not have the same summery vibes as the original versions, so maybe you’re onto something!

And how proud were you when you managed to fit in the line from 'Itsy Bitsy Teenie Weenie Yellow Polka-Dot Bikini' in 'Lula On The Beach'?

I’m glad you noticed, because I don’t think many people know what that line is in reference too. I think we also have to thank Alan Day for his help on that one.

How did the collaboration with Beartooth’s Caleb Shomo come about?

We were shooting around a bunch of ideas for who would feature on this record, because we’ve had someone feature on a song on our first two records. After not really getting anywhere, someone suggested Caleb and it seemed like a no-brainer. Though we’ve never toured with Beartooth, we’ve become buds with them through playing festivals and each of us have a mutual respect for each other's bands, so when I reached out to Caleb he was immediately down to do it.

Have you started putting much thought into the next record?

Yeah we’ve been talking about it. We never want to make the same record twice, so we’ve been brainstorming new directions and influences while still maintaining the “Seaway sound”.

Your upcoming tour with State Champs also sees you reunite with your old tour buddies in Woes, and it’s around Halloween, do you think there’ll be some spooky pranks played?

I think when legends meet up there’s always bound to be some wild times.

What’s the best costume you’ve ever worn for Halloween?

I’ve never been a huge halloween fan, so my costumes have always been kind of lazy. I think one of my laziest costumes was setting a CD on fire and wearing it as a necklace. I called myself a CD burner. Didn’t get let into that costume party, as I’m sure you could guess.

Have you got anything special planned for your performances each night?

We try to make every night something special. We don’t really plan anything in advance, we just make every performance special when the first note hits. 

And what’s next for Seaway, what can we expect from you in the next year?

We’re planning on finishing this year strong with the UK/Euro tour with 'Champs and then an American co-headline tour with Trophy Eyes. After that we’ll probably head back to the studio early 2019 to start demoing new tunes.

Before they hit the road, Seaway have also put together their ultimate pop-punk playlist, so order a pizza immediately and turn this one up.

Seaway are on tour with pop-punk pals, State Champs this month! Catch them at one of the following dates:

O2 Academy Leeds: Tuesday 30 October Buy Tickets

O2 Institute Birmingham: Wednesday 31 October Buy Tickets

O2 Academy Bristol: Thursday 1 November Buy Tickets

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