Is there any better antidote to a dreary January night in Glasgow than a pop-punk show? Especially when it’s headlined by Seaway in support of their new album Vacation and lead singer Ryan Locke jumps on stage wearing a Hawaiian shirt and sunglasses.
Before that though, Edinburgh-based Woes played to a very welcoming, almost-home-town crowd. They are a band who have appeared seemingly from nowhere, but landing support slots with pop-punk giants such as Neck Deep has quickly built them a loyal fan base. The crowd are already on their side from the moment they take to the stage so they don’t have to do much to get everyone moving but their energy is out in full force anyway.
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A quick cover of Papa Roach’s Last Resort was fun but ultimately unnecessary, though throwback covers seem to be a trademark of a Woes set. Real World was met with almost as much excitement despite only being released a few days prior, while Losing Time and Worst Friend proved they’re on the right track to becoming one of the UK’s favourite new pop-punk bands.
There wasn’t quite enough time to get another drink in before Seaway’s understated arrival, so their set started off a little lacklustre. Once everyone filed back in and pushed forwards, though, the band were invigorated and clearly enjoyed themselves much more. Locke has a lot of charm as a frontman and pulled the show back very quickly.
Older tracks like Slam and Your Best Friend provided massive singalong choruses and the perfect feel-good factor for a Saturday night. The crowd were suitably rowdy in the sweaty basement venue and the place is made for crowd surfers with its lack of a barrier and a low-down stage, which was taken advantage of plenty of times.
The newer songs were more hit-or-miss, with several – like Curse Me Out – failing to pack the same punch, but this could just be due to the crowd not yet knowing the new songs as well. Then again, Vacation as a record does lack substance at points. Recent singles like London and the infectious Lula on the Beach faired best, especially when Locke and Patrick Carleton were able to show off their impressive harmonies.
Though pop-punk isn’t always the most complex of genres, there’s no denying that it’s damn good fun and isn’t that what we want from a live show? We want to drink some pints and dance with our friends and that’s what almost every single person at the Seaway gig did. Everyone seemed to leave in high spirits and that alone makes the show a total success.