Seaway
Big Vibe


3.5
great

Review

by Jesper L. CONTRIBUTOR (40 Reviews)
October 16th, 2020 | 31 replies


Release Date: 10/16/2020 | Tracklist

Review Summary: All our friends are getting old and jaded

Seaway are such an oddly refreshing band. Not merely because of the incredibly catchy, carefree music they put out, but also because of the strange little corner of the contemporary pop punk scene they occupy. While almost all of their peers seemingly decided to collectively take nosedives quality-wise and drown themselves in uber-serious songwriting while attempting to craft the next big pop hit, Seaway were busy writing breezy, irresistibly fun numbers about, well, cute dogs (‘Lula on the Beach’) or being absolute losers of the nine-to-five kind (‘Goon’). Yet, ironically, whenever the Canadians decided to be a tad more serious, they managed to craft some absolute top-tier emo tracks with ‘40 Over’ and ‘Still Weird’. This new album, wonderfully titled Big Vibe is no exception: one co-lead vocalist down, the band are still as quirky and goddamn fun as ever.

The title track and lead single is a banger of ridiculous proportions. Boasting a ridiculously catchy chorus, it manages to maintain all of Seaway’s unique elements. Cheesy in an irresistible manner, undeniably stupid in the most fun way possible; it’s everything a pleasure should be, guilty or not. Lyrically, ‘Big Vibe’ explores the transmission of, eh, big vibes when someone’s in the room, and how one can impress an unnamed girl by offering her Japanese noodles. More interesting and surprising, however, are the songs where the band manage to wrap more serious thoughts in their trademark sense of humour. ‘Mrs. David’ revolves around anxieties regarding the end of a relationship by means of a hilarious, failed attempt at self-awareness: “So what’s the story? Was it something I said / To make your eyes roll in front of our so-called friends?”. It’s not exactly next level poetry, but it hardly needs to be; this slight step up in lyrical quality while retaining all the memorable qualities from previous records makes for a perfectly balanced song and album.

Yet, Big Vibe’s biggest draw is its accomplishment of practically every song sounding like it belongs in a 90s high school film. ‘Sweet Sugar’ would play during the opening shot of the building as Julia Stiles walks towards it; ‘Wild Things’ would creep its way in and out of the diegesis as the main characters finally kiss; ‘If You Let Me’ would close the film on a happy note as the couple vows to be together forever. These songs achieve a sense of nostalgia through reminding one of the carefree nature of (watching) these films, as opposed to one’s actual high school experience. It’s rather pleasant, providing the album with a sense of escapism. Simultaneously, the back half proves a tad homogenous as opposed to the previous, more distinguished tracks, exhausting its aesthetics somewhat and making for a relatively front-loaded album. If you’re up for a trip down memory lane by means of an album you’ve never heard before, Big Vibe is all you need. If you’re not up for that… yeah, stay far, far away from this.

Honestly, it’s kind of ridiculous that an album called Big Vibe is one of the best pop punk releases of 2020. But here we are, and I’m definitely not complaining. ‘Still Blue’s chorus seems to sum it up perfectly: "So wouldn’t it be nice to stay sedated / While all our friends are getting old and jaded". As irresistibly fun and catchy as every other song, Seaway are managing to stay afloat by combining their inherently ridiculous nature with some cheesy, quality songwriting. Indulge yourself in the breezy guitar tones, highly effective choruses, the band members’ moustaches, and, most importantly, feel the big vibe.



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JesperL
Contributing Reviewer
October 16th 2020


1599 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

yes this is pop punk yes it's called big vibe and yes it's good okay

check the song big vibe: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H1OQFkDvxzI

Digging: Seaway - Big Vibe

dedex
Contributing Reviewer
October 16th 2020


5328 Comments


Pop punk + summer vibes + moustache? I'm in!

great rev bro, will jam the t/t

dedex
Contributing Reviewer
October 16th 2020


5328 Comments


I liked the track but it's REALLY 90s-sounding, I'd prefer to jam the era's bangers rather than this tbh

JesperL
Contributing Reviewer
October 16th 2020


1599 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

thank u!!

and totally fair, i'm currently jamming third eye blind as a direct result of this lol

Get Low
October 16th 2020


8364 Comments


When you know an album sucks just by the title.

I'll listen eventually. The only album by these guys I love is Colour Blind.

SymbolicInTime
October 16th 2020


6657 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

I've disliked everything they've put out and the single i heard of this was awful. Yet I see these guys absolutely lauded in the general pop punk community. Even have decent ratings here. Just don't get it lol

GotDoritos
October 16th 2020


22 Comments


this is a lot of fun

JesperL
Contributing Reviewer
October 16th 2020


1599 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

colour blind rules! this is almost on that level thankfully

that's a shame symbolic, i think you need a certain appreciation for their sheer stupidity haha. feel the enormous vibrations!!

Get Low
October 16th 2020


8364 Comments


Yeah no this isn't good. Easily their worst.
I think they're going to do the thing soon that most pop-punk bands end up doing where they're too old to play pop-punk, so they become a shitty alt-rock band. #Yellowcard #ReliantK

SymbolicInTime
October 16th 2020


6657 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Yellowcard S/T (only weak YC is Lift a Sail) and Relient K Forget and Not Slow Down (never checked anything after that) absolutely rule though

JesperL
Contributing Reviewer
October 16th 2020


1599 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

yea i'm a sucker for yellowcard's alt rock phase (or yellowcard in general for that matter)

Get Low
October 17th 2020


8364 Comments


It's bad, it's all bad.

joshieboy
October 17th 2020


7806 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Review has convinced me to check this out. Sounds like something i'd dig

Digging: Movements - No Good Left To Give

JesperL
Contributing Reviewer
October 17th 2020


1599 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

enjoy joshie! considering our overlap in taste i reckon you'll be able to get something out of it

joshieboy
October 17th 2020


7806 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Yeah this is fun

Minushuman24
October 17th 2020


4342 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

this is very very pop punk

Digging: Black Randy and the Metrosquad - Pass The Dust, I Think I'm Bowie

SymbolicInTime
October 17th 2020


6657 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Yeah, kinda doing the things I don't like about the genre

Or at least not doing anything to make the tropes engaging. The "basics" are fine, in theory, but God do something interesting or have hooks of gold

Ecnalzen
October 17th 2020


9353 Comments


I wonder if I would be into this band

Oooo, Such Gold is in the similar artists and I like them a lot. I might be interested in this

joshieboy
October 18th 2020


7806 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Still Blue got stuck in my head immediately. Best song on here l think

Ecnalzen
October 18th 2020


9353 Comments


Trying it out, joshie

fingers crossed



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