Published Oct 21, 2015With a tube TV and a font reminiscent of Saved By the Bell on the album's cover, Seaway immediately draw on a suburban, high school nostalgia. This is an album for those who walked the halls of their school (and suburban mall) with a Blink-182 shirt on and an MP3 player stacked with pop-punk classics in their pockets.
Following on from their 2014 EP All In My Head, the Oakville punks have continued to wax and polish their sound, coming out as confident as Zack Morris and as slick and pristine as his slick golden hair. New LP Colour Blind's 12 songs contain all the big choruses and memorable hooks the genre demands, begging to be unleashed to their full potential at a live show. Songs like "Best Mistake" and "Airhead," especially, sound ready for legions of screaming fans to blend their energy with the music.
Colour Blind will easily fit into any shelf lined with the greatest hits of early to mid-00s Warped Tours. Lyrics about finding oneself, hanging onto relationships after they've fallen apart and hurtful exes, paired with the album's silky-smooth, harmony-heavy performance put it in the same vein as pop-punk staples like New Found Glory, All Time Low and the Ataris, and although it might feel a bit too familiar at times, that familiarity is actually one of Colour Blind's strengths. It proves the members of Seaway are experts of their craft, and offer fans of pop punk a record they can immediately vibe with.
Seaway fulfil sophomore expectations with Colour Blind, but now one question remains: Having achieved the quintessential pop-punk sound, will they turn up the volume and continue to enjoy the show, or will they change the channel? Either way, we'll be watching. (New Damage)