Since their formation six years ago, Canada's Seaway have been able to successfully make themselves stand out as a pop punk band in a genre saturated with a heap of artists clamoring for the right to be considered this generations New Found Glory. The bands previous efforts in 2013's Hoser and 2015's Colour Blind were evidence that the quintet at the very least sure know how to write a fun chorus. Third album Vacation tries to expand on this mindset and be something a little more eclectic.
Still holding on to their ability to produce a giant chorus with an iron grip, album opener 'Apartment' strikes as a natural successor to 'Best Mistake' with its high tempo verse which blends effortlessly into a chorus with all the hook you could hope for in a pop punk song.
There's a wonderfully gratifying blend of verse into chorus that sits throughout most of the album that makes Vacation 40 minutes of incredibly easy listening. 'Misery In You' and 'Curse Me Out' both benefit from a song structure and style that allows the verse to dissolve into the chorus so effectively that at times you'll forget it has happened. It makes for great effect when done seamlessly and makes almost every hook stick to you like an adhesive.
At times Seaway can be at fault for flirting a little too heavily with the 'pop' side of pop punk on Vacation though, and it does detract from the albums stature somewhat. The one-two of 'Neurotic' and 'London' find themselves nodding profoundly at the much lighter side of the genre, which isn't where the Canadian quintet sound at home.
To Seaway's credit, Vacation has seen more production efforts put in than any other record the band have been a part of, and it most certainly tells. Working with a range of producers from Alan Day (Four Year Strong), to Mike Green (All Time Low, Sum 41) the album is a crystalised shot of sounds at almost every corner with Ken Taylor's drums benefiting the most - the snapping sound of Taylor's snare drum adds a layer of weight to Vacation that you may not have been expecting.
Every positive that can be found on Vacation amalgamates on '40 Over'. Arguably the best song the five piece have written, the guitars are textured, the sound is emotive, the vocals are overtly passionate. It's three and a half minutes of emotive storytelling that hits home with razor sharp craft-manship, expect to be humming along, and seeing this in the Canadians live set for the foreseeable future.
Vacation isn't quite a genre toppling record, nor is it an album that you should expect to rocket Seaway to unimaginable stardom. What it is though, is a well crafted, comprehensive pop punk album from a band that are yet to come anywhere near their peak. If Vacation isn't the perfect pop punk record, it's an example that when the time comes that Seaway reach their zenith - we're going to be looking at a phenomenal band.