Interview: Seaway


Oakville, Ontario’s Seaway are making a name for themselves as one of the fastest-growing bands in the Canadian punk scene. Last year saw the outfit release their debut LP and put in miles (and kilometres) on the road as they became acquainted with a full-fledged touring lifestyle. With three music videos, a record deal, and multiple tours now secured under their belts, Seaway are poised to make a splash in the global pop-punk arena in a big way in 2014. Vocalist Ryan Locke took some time to bring up to speed on the band’s progress; here’s what he had to say. 

You guys recently released your debut full-length, Hoser. As a young band that’s relatively new to the scene, how do you feel about the record’s reception and the feedback you’ve received thus far?

I think the reception has been great. Sure a musician that is new to the scene would love to see their record blow up immediately or get picked up by a huge label, but that’s not how this shit works. We’ve been more then happy to put in the groundwork so that Seaway is not just seen as a Canadian pop-punk party band but a staple in the scene in 5 years.

Hoser was released through Mutant League Records. What can you tell us about the band’s relationship with this new label, and its affiliation with Victory Records?

Nate from Mutant League was the first guy to really believe in what we were doing, or at least what we were trying to do at the time. He hit us up shortly after we released our debut EP in 2011 and said he wanted to work with us. After talking with him more and finding out we have a lot of the same values on work ethic and the punk-rock scene as a whole, we jumped on board. Since then he has released our split with Safe to Say and put out Hoser worldwide. That’s definitely not something we thought we’d be saying 2 years after talking with him.

In November, you guys released a short documentary entitled Going Down on America, which chronicles your first-ever US tour. It’s a great watch; I was actually really impressed by the production value and overall quality. How did this project come to be?

The tour doc idea was thrown around just after the tour was booked. Our best friend Miguel Barbosa of Yeah! Films Company – who has shot all of our music videos to date – came forth and said he wanted to shoot the tour. Miguel has an extensive resume of shooting adventure series as well as music videos so we were on board right away. That, and he said he’d sell merch (didn’t sell a single shirt), but we definitely got something awesome out of it. We have two more music videos coming out directed by Mig of Yeah! Films but that’s all I’m saying!

Throughout February and March, you’ll be going on an extensive US run alongside Major League and Have Mercy. What are some of the dates you’re most looking forward to?

Since I’m home now and the tour is over, I’ll go over the best dates.
Though Cali was friggen spectacular, I think my favourite dates were Portland, Seattle, Denver, and New Jersey. Apart from Jersey, these are all places we had previously never been, so we had literally no expectations. When kids popped off for us we were all kind of taken aback and thanked the power of the Internet ‘cause that’s really the only reason kids would have known those songs. The real best date of the tour was Toronto though. We hadn’t played a hometown show in a minute and WE PUT ON FOR OUR CITY.

I get the impression that you gentlemen are pretty shrewd when it comes to the business aspect of being in a band. You’ve been able to make a big impression in an over-saturated scene, and make significant strides in the industry in a short amount of time. How much do you attribute this to the work you’ve put in, and how much do you think is just good fortune?

Though we do take the business side of being in a band very seriously (Adam handling this aspect), I think we’re just coming up at a really good time for pop-punk. Bands like Man Overboard and The Wonder Years are becoming so big that I think there’s a lot more eyes on the smaller bands trying to prove themselves. Though it may be oversaturated, I think in the coming years there’s going to be a lot more room for bands to come up with the heavy hitters getting even bigger.

Can you tell us a bit about each band member’s musical background, and how you all came together to form Seaway?

Well Andrew, Ken and I (Ryan) have been jamming since we got our first instruments. It was grade 4 or 5 we first played our elementary school talent shows. We met Adam in grade 8 and Patrick in grade 9 and kind of just rolled from there. We’ve played everything from metalcore to pop-rock to a brief rap side project; Seaway was just the one that really clicked.

Kyle Mooney or Beck Bennett?

KAL. KAL dude.

Sum 41 or Blink 182?

WAY TOO HARD. If I say the Sums I’ll regret it and if I say Blink I’ll regret it. Please don’t make me pick mom!

Xibalba or Zoboomafoo?

Xibalba when I’m grillin’, Zoboomafoo when I’m chillin’.

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