Live Review: Seaway w/Woes & Lizzy Farrall | The Bodega, Nottingham | 11/01/2018

With a fresh release on their shoulders, Canadian outfit Seaway are back on our shores to showcase their new material, alongside upcoming pop punk quintet Woes (7) and Chester-based talent Lizzy Farrall (8).

Singer songwriter Lizzy Farrall [8] takes the opening slot this evening, with an already busy Bodega falling silent to her powerful vocal range. Having recently signed to Pure Noise Records, Farrall takes control of the stage, intertwining her beautifully honest lyrics with such a strong yet delicate style of singing. 'Broken Toy' is utterly angelic, whilst relaying the epitome of teenage heartbreak. Despite the melancholy presented, Farrall’s stage presence is quite the opposite, conversing and joking with crowd throughout her set. Her beautiful vocals interweave around two acoustic guitars, making this performance one to remember – most definitely one to watch this year.

Bringing back cheesy pop punk are Scottish boys Woes [7]. These guys have an infectious stage presence, with front-man David Jess flying around the stage throughout their snappy set. As a unit, their sound is tight, however their humour is the real selling point. Covering nu metal favourite 'Last Resort' sums up their sarcasm, and keeps fans energetic as well as eager. The highlight of their set came in the form of popular single 'Losing Time', sending fans into madness whilst embodying every aspect of British pop punk. A super catchy set which will stick with pop punk lovers for a long time.

From the off, we all knew this show was going to be something special. Sporting a leather jacket and shades, frontman Ryan Locke explodes onto the stage, flying straight into popular single 'Best Mistake'. The Bodega is full to the brim, with bodies flying over each other and drinks in the air. Despite performing old favourites, Vacation gets a full display this evening. Album opener 'Apartment' signifies the evolution of the Canadian quintet, with this release taking on a 90’s style of pop rock – it’s almost impossible not to bounce around. 'Lula on the Beach' perfectly emphasizes the feel good vibe found on the record, which goes down well with the Notts crowd.

Taking a slight turn from pop punk has worked in Seaway’s favour - keeping their sound fresh in a heavily saturated scene. However, tinny pop punk classics 'Shy Guys' & 'Sabrina the Teenage Bitch' are still perfectly received, with the entire room singing & dancing along with Locke & Co. An overall incredible selection of sounds this evening from 3 great artists meant a fun night for all.