In late November, I sat down with Seaway’s Ryan Locke (vocals) and Andrew Eichinger (guitar/vocals) at their show in Oshawa, Ontario in support of their friends in Silverstein for a game of 20 Questions.
The pair spilled the beans on their favorite records of 2017, told us whether they prefer Harry Potter or Star Wars, and even took a trip down memory lane involving Katy Perry and the Vans Warped Tour. Check it out.
1. Describe your new record ‘Vacation’ using only 3 words.
Ryan Locke: Bangin’ Ass Tunes.
Andrew Eichinger: [Laughs] That works for me.
2. What is the hardest Seaway song to perform live?
RL: I guess it would probably be different for each of us. For me, the hardest song to sing live would probably be “Stubborn Love,” since it’s in a higher key for me than usual. It’s always fun to play, but I have to work the hardest on that one. Over time, it has gotten a lot easier, but when we first started playing it live it was definitely a struggle at times.
AE: I’d say “Lula on the Beach.” It’s not necessarily a difficult song for me to play, but there’s a lot of little pedal switching going on that makes it a bit of a challenge. That aside, it’s a really fun song to play live.
3. The Walking Dead or Game of Thrones?
AE: Game of Thrones. Easy.
RL: Game of Thrones. I never got into The Walking Dead, so that’s super easy for me too. I watched the first couple of seasons, but then I kind of just fell off.
4. What is your dream vacation?
RL: I’ve never been to Asia. We’re going to Japan next week to play some shows, and that’s one of the places I’ve always wanted to go. There’s a lot of Asia that I would love to see.
AE: I was going to say the same thing, but then I realized we’re going there next week, so I don’t know. [Laughs]
5. Which member of the band is messiest on tour?
AE: I would say probably Adam or Ken.
RL: At the end of the tour, there are always a bunch of clothes lying around the van, and when we put them all together they always belong to those two.
[Ken chimes in] I thought you guys were talking about messy as in alcohol. [Everybody laughs]
6. Harry Potter or Star Wars?
RL: Oh, man. That’s hard. I think as a kid I was way more into Harry Potter, but as I’ve grown up I think I lean more towards Star Wars, especially when it comes to going back and watching all of those older movies.
AE: What about all the Harry Potter books, though?
RL: I know, that’s why it’s so hard to choose. I guess you could call that a draw for me.
7. What is your favorite post-show meal?
AE: Halal Guys in New York City, right in Manhattan.
RL: I was going to say shawarma, but you’re right. It’s like chicken and rice with some hot sauce and garlic sauce. It’s incredible. We try to get it every time we can.
8. Which track off Vacation is the biggest departure for your band?
AE: I think there are a few, no doubt. “Lula on the Beach” is definitely a bit of an oddball for us, but I also think it still completely fits our vibe. Other than that, I’d also probably say “London” and “40 Over.” They’re all kind of weird in their own ways, but still within our wheelhouse.
RL: I’d agree with those. I think those songs are a good representation of us beginning to experiment a little more with our sound.
9. Festival or club show?
AE: I feel like we don’t play enough festivals for it to be a fair comparison. Whenever we play a festival, it’s always the best time, but we don’t play near as many of them as we do smaller club shows.
RL: I would say festival just because there are always a ton of friends there we get to hang out, whereas when you’re on tour there are maybe two or three other bands you get to hang around. We play so many more club shows than we do festivals though, so those kind of feel like the norm for us.
AE: Plus, at festivals, we always get to play in front of way more people than we ever would at a club show. [Laughs]
10. What was your favorite record of 2017?
RL: I don’t even really know if I have a favorite. Paul-Marc Rousseau from Silverstein introduced us to a record called Forced Witness by Alex Cameron, and we’ve been jamming that one a lot lately. It’s sort of sounds like Bruce Springsteen almost, but with more of a synth-pop kind of vibe. It’s really cool.
AE: One of the records I listened to the most this year was the new one from The Front Bottoms. That album was really cool. I don’t know if I have a favorite, but that one is up there for me.
RL: The new Movielife record is really good too. There was a lot of good music that came out this year.
11. What was your favorite movie of 2017?
RL: We’ve been on tour so much this year that we haven’t really got a chance to see too many movies. I really liked that one called The Meyerowitz Stories. It was this Netflix special starring Adam Sandler, Dustin Hoffman, Ben Stiller, and others. I usually just scroll right past Adam Sandler movies on Netflix, but that one was very cool. It was really dark, unlike most of his stuff.
AE: Did Get Out come out this year? I can’t remember when that one came out, but if that was this year, then probably that. That was crazy.
12. What was on your Christmas lists?
RL: Socks and underwear. Maybe a new sweater. I don’t really ask for a whole lot anymore, but those things are always essential for tour.
AE: Yeah, a new sweater is always nice. [Laughs]
13. Friends or Seinfeld?
RL: Seinfeld for me.
AE: I would probably say Friends.
14. Who is going to win the Stanley Cup this year?
RL: Maple Leafs. I think it’s their year.
AE: That was easy enough. I don’t know if I actually believe it, but we’ll see.
15. Which song off Vacation are you the proudest of?
AE: I’d have to go with “Lula” again. It’s kind of cool because that was the first song we wrote all together as a group. It all came together in one night more or less. We were at a studio in Massachusetts with Alan Day (Four Year Strong), and his studio is way out in the middle of nowhere and we were staying overnight, so we could just jam all night long. It came together pretty quickly.
RL: I think “Lula” is a good pick. Don’t get me wrong, I’m proud of the entire record front to back, but that one stands out as being sort of different for us, so I’m proud that we were able to pull it off the way we did.
16. UFC or WWE?
RL: Neither. Not into it.
AE: Neither for me also. I don’t watch any of it.
17. What is your favorite Silverstein song?
RL: “Your Sword vs. My Dagger.” I love that song.
AE: That one, or “Bleeds No More.”
RL: Yeah, that’s a great song too. Those are both old songs, but if we’re talking after that early stuff, I’d probably have to go with “Ghost.” It’s off their new record, and they’ve been playing it every night on this tour. That’s a great song.
18. Best Vans Warped Tour memory?
RL: Hmm. When it comes to playing the tour, I’d probably just say getting to play in Toronto. We played one year where we were just on a locals stage, and that was fun and all, but getting the chance to play the whole tour and then come back to Toronto was really special for us.
AE: What about the year Katy Perry played? Weren’t you next to her in line or something like that?
RL: Yeah, I was standing in line waiting for water or a hot dog or something, and out of nowhere this dude comes and just pushes me out of the way, and then Katy Perry just walks right in front of me. That was weird. [Laughs]
19. Any chance we see Seaway on the final run?
AE: I hope so. We’d love to play, but we don’t know what’s going to happen yet. I think everyone kind of wants to be on it, but we’ll see. Even if we just got to play a few shows or a small run, it would be a lot of fun.
RL: They usually start booking it this time of year, but they’re probably going down the list starting with the bigger bands since it’s the last year, and then they’ll go from there. We’ll see what happens. We’d love to do it again.
20. What does 2018 have in store for Seaway?
RL: Well, we’re starting off going over to the UK and doing a headliner over there, and then we go straight into a North American tour supporting Neck Deep which should be a lot of fun. We’re not sure what the rest of the year holds for us just yet, but hopefully, we’ll hop on at least a small part of Warped Tour, and then maybe some more Canadian stuff and more headlining shows in the fall. It should be a busy year for us. I’m looking forward to it all.