Photo Credit: Ian Rees
Ontario Rockers, Seaway, have perpetually evolved musically and are stepping out of the shadows with a very colorful backdrop behind their new release, ‘Vacation’. The band is currently on tour reviving the youthful nostalgia of emo across America with Four Year Strong and also will be playing Riot Fest 2017 in Chicago. I caught up with Seaway vocalist, Ryan Locke, to get some inside scoop on ‘Vacation’, the unique way that the music video for “Apartment” was brought to life, tattoos and more.
Congrats on the upcoming release of ‘Vacation’. Tell us about the concept of the album and the creative process along the way.
‘Vacation’ is the album we've been working toward for our entire careers. It's definitely the most cohesive, fun, and mature album we've done to date. It's very dynamic in that none of the songs really sound alike, we pulled from a lot of different influences.
Tell us about a day in the life at your most recent music video shoot for your latest single, “Apartment”.
The “Apartment” shoot was quite a bit different than any other shoot. A lot of the guys were away over the summer when we shot it so we had to come up with a concept that only had Patrick and I in it. We started the day at one location with just myself and the camera crew and ended it with Patrick at another location. It was a lot more disjointed than a usual full band shoot but I think it turned out really well.
What is your perception of the benefit of artistic expression through tattooing within society?
Well since life is a simulation and we are all the same, tattoos are an awesome way to express the little originality we have left in us.
Any upcoming tour or festival appearance plans that you can fill us in about?
We are currently on tour with Four Year Strong playing across America. We'll be playing Riot Fest in Chicago on September 15th!
Tell us about being a part of the Pure Noise Records family. What fellow label mates did you grow up listening to?
It's great being a part of Pure Noise. A lot of really good friends are on the label so that's really fun. One band that I grew up listening to is Senses Fail so it was really cool getting to play with them.
Tell us about some of your most meaningful tattoos and the tattoo artists that you worked with to bring the pieces to life.
I get a lot of my tattoos while touring so there are a lot of different artists I worked with. I like to get tattoos commemorating the traveling we've done so it's tough to just pick one, lots of memorable times on tour.
If you could sit under the table and listen to any two human beings have a conversation to draw inspiration, who would you choose and why?
I'd like to hear a conversation between Jimi Hendrix and Rivers Cuomo because they are two of the most talented musicians and songwriters of the last generation and our current generation, respectively.
What are some of your must-have equipment pieces while on tour?
For me, a must have is my own microphone. As a bit of a germaphobe, I can't stand the idea of how many other people have pressed their lips up to the house microphone before me so I always bring my own.
Last but certainly not least, any closing messages for your fans?
Come out to a show this fall and pick up Vacation on September 15!