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Review: Seaway’s debut full length, Hoser.

As is the case with many a fan of Seaway, my love for these guys started the second I heard “Sabrina The Teenage Bitch.” I found myself loving the exchange of both gritty and polished vocals. Not only that, but there is something about the music these guys put out that is completely infectious. Due to this, I find myself loving these guys more and more with each release. Their debut full length, Hoser, really showcases everything that fans have come to know and love about the band, and does it so much better than anything they’ve released to date.

Hoser opens up with “Expectation”, a full 1:23 that does a fantastic job setting the tone for the rest of the album. The signature exchange of vocals and that same infectious, classic pop punk sound the band brings to the table flourish and make for the perfect transition into “What’s Really Good.” Only four minutes into this record and you know you have something special. Hoser also has two of the three songs from the band’s most recent release, Clean Yourself Up. The first of which being “Puddles.” This time around “Puddles” is done in full band fashion, and finds itself 30 seconds shorter as a result, ringing in at about 1:00 even.

The second of two is “Hourglass”, but we’ll get to that track in due time. The next track on this record is “Slowing Down”, and it starts out acoustic and then becomes a full band track about thirty seconds in. The second the full band starts, this song sounds like a very classic pop punk song. With playful lyrics like “I took a chance and I think I made it/I always wanted to see you naked” make it so this song could have easily fit on any of the American Pie soundtracks. Much the same could be said about lead single, “Shy Guy”, with its  feel good vibe, and lyrics like “This one goes out to the shy guys who always wanted to dance” and “I know I’m just the shy guy/and you’re on top of your game.”

Next is “No Direction”, which sounds exactly like something Sum 41 would have put out in their prime. It’s a fun, catchy song that packs a punch and when you get to the chorus, you get this urge to go listen to “In Too Deep” and “Fat Lip”. The follow up track, “The Weight” is the signature slow song on this record, and it’s not one that disappoints. While the lyrical content may seem a bit cliche, the track’s delivery goes leaps and bounds to make up for that. Making the track feel right at home with the rest of this record.

The record closes with “Hour Glass” and “Deferral.” “Hour Glass” sounds just as gritty as it did on Clean Yourself Up while managing to sound polished due to the fact that this track was also transformed into a full band song. “Deferral” doesn’t initially sound like a closing track. There’s nothing grandiose about the instrumentation, but the lyrics give the listener that sense of closure you look for in a closer.

All in all, Hoser shows Seaway doing just what they do best. The album takes all of the best qualities the band has and puts them all in one place for the world to see. This album sounds like a modern pop punk record, but definitely has some of the qualities that made early-2000’s pop punk so great. The album is packed with fun, catchy songs  guaranteed to have the listener singing along before they even realise it.

****/*****

This was posted 4 years ago by Joel Funk.
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