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Seaway Making Waves

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Ian Reese

Canadian pop punk band, Seaway, is coming to downtown Salt Lake City’s Kilby Court on Sept. 23 as part of their tour with Four Year Strong. Doors to the venue open at 7 p.m. and the concert starts at 7:30 p.m. Their sold-out concert will feature three songs from their new album, “Vacation,” which came out Sept. 15.

Ryan Locke, one of the two singers in Seaway, describes their sound as “fun, lighthearted, [and] throwback-ish. Many people say we’ve got a ’90s pop rock sound.”

This ’90s summer sound is most present in “Lula on the Beach,”  one of the four songs that were pre-released from “Vacation.” With a quick-tempo and upbeat lyrics — as well as a fun shout out to Brian Hyland’s older summer classic, “Itsy Bitsy Teenie Weenie’s” polka dot bikini and the quote “that she wore for the first time today” — this track definitely brings the beach to their album and audience. Their upbeat tempos, a hallmark of the genre itself, continue throughout the album as a contrast and a complement to their harmonies, messages and lyrics.

Seaway is taking pop punk in a new direction reminiscent of the genre’s beginning with influences from many of pop punk’s heavy-hitters.

“I think Blink 182 and Sum 41, and we’re from Canada so Simple Plan was a big one. Though we’ve had some bleed through from the record label, of course, so a little bit of Weezer — but we wanted to make something cool, something that’s our own and having something like [those influences] helps a lot,” Locke said. “Other bands are definitely influence by other bands and having older influences shapes our music, so it doesn’t sound like everybody else.”

Tickets are sold out for Seaway’s concert with Four Year Strong at Kilby Court in Utah, but the tour continues across the United States. Following shows with available tickets will be held in Seattle, Washington, San Diego, California and Anaheim, California scheduled from a couple of days after their performance here into early October. Tickets for these events will be $18 to $20.

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