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Seaway – “I Don’t Have Any Right To Be Here More Than A Band Who Just Got Signed Or Played Their First Show” | Interview

We got the chance to speak to Seaway before their London gig, and drummer Ken Taylor’s positivity is overwhelming. Check out the full interview here.

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Seaway, or sometimes known as Seaboiz, were recently in the UK supporting longtime friends and tour buddies Knuckle Puck. Before the London show, we caught up with drummer Ken Taylor, who shared what it is he loves about pop-punk, why breaking out in the States was essential for the band’s career, working with Pure Noise Records, and more. Read the full interview below.

MOSH: There are a lot of familiar faces on this tour, you’ve toured with Knuckle Puck a bunch of times before and Boston Manor are your label mates. How are you enjoying tour so far?

KT: It’s always fun. We did our first tour ever with Knuckle Puck and we’ve somehow ended up touring together repeatedly. I feel like every tour we do now we somehow end up together, so those guys are really good friends of ours. Whenever the opportunity comes up to go out with them, we always take it. Boston Manor, we toured with them last May in the UK; we did a tour with As It Is and This Wild Life. We spent a few weeks with them and they’re awesome guys. We’re actually doing a US tour after this with them.

MOSH: It must have been really easy to get into the tour, there was no need to get to know anybody first.

KT: There was no first day of meeting, no awkwardness; just “Oh hey, we’re here with our friends, this is going to be good.”

MOSH: Which cities are you particularly excited to play on this run?

KT: Definitely tonight [London] is at the top of our list, I always love playing London and it’s out. Glasgow has always been really good to us. Manchester too. I don’t know, the UK has such a strong scene. In the States, there’s definitely shows where you’re like “Well, this show will be better than that one” just because of population, and the scenes and whatnot. In the UK, and because we’re not as familiar with the different regions or whatever, every show has been really strong. The scene is just so strong that there are no shows where I’m like “That might be a little rough”, all are so great.

MOSH: Initially, Seaway was a side project, what made you decide to stick to it as your full-time band?

KT: Basically we started as a side project to our old band Rage Brigade and honestly Seaway is just a lot more fun. It’s a lot more fun to play, the shows are crazier, and the kids coming out to the shows are just nicer people – they’re in it for the right reasons are they’re here to have a good time. We definitely do love the hardcore scene but it’s different. There’s definitely a lot of elitism, and I will be bummed out if that leaks into pop-punk because right now everything is just positive, and it’s fun. we get to play parties, we get to play fun events. We still like to play basements and small venues and stuff, but it’s just a lot more fun with Seaway. I know personally Ryan has only ever played drums in bands until now, and I’ve only even been a vocalist in a band so it’s something different, keeps it fresh.

MOSH: You can definitely tell that you guys don’t like to take anything, or yourselves too seriously, you know with the whole Seaboiz thing.

KT: Yeah, we like to keep things light and fun. There’s enough serious bands in this scene that are promoting political or serious themes through their music and we like to just keep things light. We like to be the band that kids could come out to to have a good time, and hopefully leave the show feeling better than they did walking in, to gain positivity from it rather than negativity.

MOSH: So you mentioned how many bands are in the scene, do you feel a lot of pressure from how saturated the genre is becoming?

KT: I don’t know if we feel that there’s pressure. We have definitely tried to do our own thing from the start. I think that as long as we keep doing that there is not really any pressure to top a band or whatever, it’s more like a community. There’s tonnes of new bands popping up all the time, to try to shut them out or feel threatened by them would bring that sense of elitism into it. I don’t have any right to be here any more than a band that’s just got signed or a band that’s just played their first show; as long as they’re here for the right reasons.

MOSH: That’s a very good attitude to have. There aren’t as many pop-punk bands, or bands in general coming out of Canada. Obviously, there are vets like Sum 41, but did you feel like you had to break out in the US to get the ball rolling?

KT: That is one thing that we definitely wanted to do. Canada is just such a vast country, with populated cities that are far apart. So we knew from the start that there’s no way we could just start touring Canada. We could get to Florida and back in the amount of time that we could get to the next province and back. So why not play 20 shows to and from Florida as opposed to one show in Canada? Bands like Counterparts, luckily we grew up in the scene with them, as acquaintances and now we’re friends, but they gave us a lot of advice in the beginning. They told us “Listen, just get your visas and go to the States, it’s so worth it.”

It is definitely a lot more difficult to get into the States for us than for US bands to get into Canada, it’s more so just the bureaucracy, the different papers that you have to get. The amount of fees and paperwork, it is in a sense pretty corrupt. We live an hour from the border but if we just show up with our guitars, we have to pay thousands of dollars, but it’s worth it because the US is a great place to tour. It really is essential to the success of a band. There are a lot of bands that never did that and they’re stuck in Canada, they have no fans in the States. We just knew that we did not want to be a band that’s just touring Canada three times a year, we wanted to go international.

We still have a lot of countries we want to cross off the list that we haven’t been to yet. I really want to go to Japan. We’ve heard some great stories from friends who have gone and toured there. It’s so vastly different from Canada, the States and even the UK. I just would be very interested to go experience the culture over there. Australia would be another one. We still haven’t done a full mainland Europe tour, so this is the first time and we’re still only like barely getting the full experience. There are so many countries there that we want to go to, and we will got to, we just haven’t had the chance yet.

MOSH: Speaking of Canada, are there any bands back home that we should check out?

KT: Definitely. Safe To Say, we always try to plug them whenever we can. We started out playing shows together and we’ve kind of gotten the opportunity to watch each other grow. They just recently got signed to Side One Dummy and they’ve just announced Warped Tour. I’m really happy that they’re starting to get the exposure they deserve. Coldfront is a band that people will be familiar with very soon. They are going to be doing some big things. Like Pacific is another band, they’re starting to break out. The Toronto scene in particular is really kind of exploding right now. First Ghost is another great band, Danger Cat from Winnipeg, Youth Decay from British Columbia and The Dirty Nil from Hamilton. Their new record just came out and it’s a great record. I feel like a lot of people in this scene wouldn’t necessarily find them on their own but I know on Warped Tour, they were the bands’ band. Everyday, regardless of how many kids were watching them, all of Silverstein were watching them, all of Beartooth were watching them. All of these huge bands were like “I don’t know why all you people are walking past the stage right now because this is amazing.” All those bands I mentioned, I’m sure will do great things.

MOSH: You guys signed with Pure Noise, and they have a great roster. How has it been working with them?

KT: Pure Noise, from the start, has been the best choice for us. Talking to other labels even before we talked to Pure Noise, there was always like “We’ll do this, but…” Jake [Round] (Pure Noise) hit us up and told us “I’ll do whatever you guys want to do.” He was super passionate from the start. He puts 100% for all his bands, regardless of if it’s The Story So Far or if it’s their new signee Can’t Swim. I don’t think they had played a show until a few weeks ago, but they still put all of their effort into promoting and getting the records out. Honestly, it’s a small-run label; there are two or three people that handle almost everything so if I need something I can just text or call Jake and he gets back to us right away. It really is the perfect fit and I think he’s one of the greatest guy in the scene right now for bands because he just wants everyone to do well, he doesn’t want to make money off of people and that’s really not the case for a lot of other labels.

MOSH: What things have you got lined up for the rest of this year?

KT: The rest of this year, we’ll be on the road a lot. I can’t really say too much but after this tour we will be doing the Pure Noise tour in the US with Hit The Lights and Boston Manor and Can’t Swim. In a few weeks we will be announcing a tour that we will be doing this summer and then a few months down the line we’ll be announcing some other tours and festivals. We have a new video dropping next week (‘Stubborn Love’) and we’ll be just working on pushing the record more and touring as much as we can, hopefully going to Japan and places like that.

MOSH: Is there anything you’d like to say to your UK/EU fans?

KT: Honestly, we’d just like to thank them. From the start, when we put out our first EP on Facebook or whatever, the UK has always been our second biggest market after the States. We have more fans here than we do in Canada, and I think that’s the coolest thing in the world. We’re really excited to meet all the fans in Europe, I know they’ve been asking for us to come for ages and we’ve just been putting it off. I know we’re not going everywhere but we just really appreciate the support we get from the UK and mainland Europe. We would not have been able to do these tours if it wasn’t for them.

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