by Slone Fox
VANCOUVER – Ontario-based pop-punk band Seaway can be broken down into six vital components: vocalist Ryan Locke, guitarists Patrick Carleton and Andrew Eichinger, bassist Adam Shoji, drummer Ken Taylor, and a wiener dog in a striped shirt.
With their latest album, Vacation, released in 2017, Seaway has replicated the exact feeling of being on the beach, minus the sunburns and the sand in your crack. Most importantly, the album spawned “Lula On the Beach.”
“The vibe of it, and the way we wrote it, is all very fun and easy,” says Locke. “I think it’s a favourite of everyone’s to play because it starts off very chill and picks up very heavy towards the end. From start to finish, it’s definitely one of my favourites.”
The music video for “Lula On the Beach” features the band frolicking along a beach (duh), clad in matching striped shirts and toting around a tiny, spotted wiener dog, who is tragically not named Lula.
“His name is Bowie. It’s actually my parents’ wiener dog,” Locke confesses. “We thought that to tie the music video in to the new acoustic versions we’re putting out, we would use a wiener dog to tie it all together.”
As carefree as they may seem, the sunny beach scenes in “Lula On the Beach” are a stark contrast to the band’s roots in Oakville, Ontario. Seaway showcases their Canadian pride time and time again by subtly scattering it throughout their discography. Other times, it is less subtle, like their album Hoser, released in 2013 and patriotically named after everyone’s favourite hockey insult.
“Growing up in Canada, it’s kind of a different vibe,” says Locke. “I didn’t grow up wanting to be the next Wonder Years or anything, because being from the Toronto area, I didn’t really identify with that. I think we grew up on different music it has shaped our band differently than it would if we’d been growing up in the States or the UK. There are certain Long Island sounds or certain Philly sounds that people growing up there might go for, but we’re just kind of doing our own thing.”
With a Canadian tour on the very near horizon, Seaway is busy preparing both physically and emotionally for a summer spent on the road. Besides the obvious bummer of being away from friends and family, Locke also highlights some of the other downfalls of the pop-punk dream.
“When I was a kid, I used to think that going to hotels on family vacations was the coolest,” he says. “Now I absolutely despise staying in hotels because we do it, like, every night for a month straight. You’re always like ‘Ugh, another stinky, cigarette-smelling hotel room.’”
Excluding an apparent distaste for crack-of-dawn checkout times, continental breakfasts, and suspiciously stained mattresses, tour life is something that has otherwise been wholeheartedly embraced by the guys of Seaway.
“The travel part isn’t that bad. We all read a lot, and Adam and Ken have their GameBoys,” says Locke. “It’s the in-between, when you’re stuck waking up early at motels and missing everyone back home. That’s when it’s hard, but it’s always worth it.”
Seaway is playing the Biltmore Cabaret (Vancouver) on July 18th, the Starlight Room (Edmonton) on July 20 and Amigos (Saskatoon) on July 21st alongside Living with Lions, Bearings and Calling All Captains.