Here Are Six Albums That Helped Inspire Seaway’s Boundary-Breaking LP ‘Big Vibe’


After breaking out with pop-punk leaning albums Colour Blind and Vacation, Canadian four-piece Seaway are taking a leap of faith with their latest LP Big Vibe.

Letting their classic rock and alternative music roots sprinkle into their new 11-track release, the “Lula On The Beach” penmen are ready to branch out from what’s normally expected from them.

“We can’t wait to introduce the new era of Seaway,” says the band about their upcoming highly anticipated release. “Big Vibe is the record we have been working towards our entire careers. For this record we threw away usual conventions of the scene and genre and just made the record we always wanted to make. As usual for Seaway, it is a dynamic collection of sound and inspiration that bleeds through from track to track. Big Vibe is a feeling that doesn’t let up throughout the entire record and we hope you feel it in your entire body.”

Giving fans a little more into what the new LP might entail (as if singles “Big Vibe” and “Wild Things” weren’t enough), vocalist Ryan Locke and guitarist Andrew Eichinger have teamed up with The Noise to list out some of their favorite records that helped inspire Big Vibe.

To check out the wide array of releases both Locke and Eichinger picked, be sure to look below. Afterward, make sure to pre-order Big Vibe before it hits stores October 16th via Pure Noise Records. 




David Bowie - Aladdin Sane

Bowie has always been a huge influence on me personally. The way he has changed up his style, persona, and artistic universe is unparalleled. For this record I personally wanted to kick the artistry up a notch and I think you’ll see what I’m referring to in the forthcoming singles.

The Killers - Hot Fuss

Hit after hit after hit after hit after….. Obviously nobody plans a record to have two hits and the rest are forgettable but we really approached this record with a “they’re all hits” mindset. Hot Fuss was the inspiration for that. “Mr. Brightside,” “Smile Like You Mean It,” “Somebody Told Me,” “All These Things That I’ve Done” back to back to back? Are you kidding me?? God tier record.

Tom Petty - Full Moon Fever

Tom Petty is a timeless songwriter. You can throw on any given song from Full Moon River and feel something different. We wanted that for Big Vibe. To be able to go from one song to another and feel something completely different.



The Cars - The Cars

The Cars have always been a pretty big influence on Seaway over the last couple years and enough so that we covered “Just What I Needed” on our last release. I’ve always admired Ric Ocasek’s ability to write fairly simple and catchy pop songs that really rock at the same time. That has kind of always been the goal with Seaway, but I think it’s a lot more evident on our new record and especially on the first singe “Big Vibe.” The Cars self-titled, debut record consists of hit after hit and the songs are often based on palm muted guitars, catchy synth lines and huge choruses. We tried to take that same approach with “Big Vibe.”

Fountains Of Wayne - Welcome Interstate Managers

It’s tough to pick just one Fountains Of Wayne album because in my opinion, their releases are filled with some of the smartest, top notch songwriting in pop music. A lot of people only know this album, and this band for that matter, for “Stacy’s Mom,” and while it’s such a great song, the album has so much more with the likes of “Mexican Wine,” “Hackensack” and “Hey Julie.” The storytelling, literalism and detail in their lyrics is just so hard to pull off in pop music and they do it so well. It’s something that Seaway has always been inspired by and we’re striving to do it half as well as them.

Cheap Trick - Authorized Greatest Hits

This album kicks off with the live at Budokan version of “I Want You to Want Me” which is a high energy, faster, distorted version of the more polished original recording. I love when a band sounds different live and I feel like it’s always been that way with us. Our live show is a little heavier and grittier than our polished records and I think that’s just because of the pure energy that comes with performing. The rest of the album just continues on with all of the power pop bangers that Cheap Trick is known for with pop melodies and harmonies over distorted guitars and synths. You can definitely find the influence sprinkled throughout our new album.