I really like Seams and Stitches. The older stuff, whilst not great, is enjoyable and great for sing-a-longs. They really worked hard on the lyrical side of things which you can see in Cags or Postcards.
The whole "easycore" thing is pretty much based around FYS so it's a given they will sound similar for a bit. It takes a while to get settled from what I've seen.
Yeah, the lyrics on the new record are great. I know it generally takes bands a while to really find their sound, which is why all of the easycore bands get way more interesting when they stop playing easycore.