By Morgan Walker
The Texan band Waterparks is one of the most underrated bands. Their music is so unique, but so are the members of the band. The band was created in 2011 by Awsten Knight and previous member Owen Marvin. Then later Gage Matthieu joined the band as well. Both Marvin and Matthieu ended up leaving a year later, and guitarist Geoff Wigington and drummer Otto Wood joined.
According to a Rock Sound interview with Wood he said he met Knight when he was trying out for his old band. He remembers that his first perception of him was that he was really weird. He described Knight wearing a bathing suit and having one leg completely shaved and other having a natural hair length.
The members, Knight, Wigington, and Wood are all really busy with their own lives outside of the band. Knight does a podcast with his best friend and author Travis Riddle. Wigington is a boyfriend and a father. Wood is more private with his life than the other members and even stays away from social media.
Lead singer Knight namedrops himself in multiple tracks, such as “Turbulent.” Waterparks released their third album on Oct. 11 titled Fandom after their previous albums Double Dare and Entertainment.
The self proclaimed “God’s Favorite Boy Band” released several tracks before the album came out, including, “Turbulent,” “Dream Boy,” and more.
Music videos also came out with the tracks “Dream Boy,” “Watch What Happens Next,” and “ High Definition,” and later after the albums release a video came out for the track “Easy to Hate.”
The “Easy the Hate” music video is similar to their previous music video “Gloom Boys” from their previous album Double Dare. They both follow a fan of Waterparks. “Gloom Boys” is about a fan that wants to be in the band and “Easy to Hate” is about the fan getting terrorized by the band and he hallucinates that the band is appearing and playing the song. It is nice to see something older fans can get a fresh take on a song they already love. This concept goes really well with the lyrics, “It’s too easy to hate you, and hard to love. It’s too easy to hate you, when was it not?” Because the life of a fan is hard and sometimes, the fan can not help but hate their favorite band because they are so amazing.
Fans fell in love with the new sound and they could not wait to hear the full album. The sound of this album has heavy instrumentals, but it is used in a distinctive way that is not heard often. It is similar to Billie Eilish’s music in some ways with the unusual sounds and talking in the music, and that is something Eilish does often. The track “Group Chat” is the members introducing themselves by just talking. This is similar to Eilish’s track “!!!!!!!” of her album “When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?” where she introduces the album just by talking.
Like Eilish, the lyrics are also really eccentric and fun. Many of them humorous in nature. A line in “Dream Boy” really encapsulates this: “Do you believe in love? Oh, and is it because of me? Yeah’ if it’s up to me.” The clean version of the track “Turbulent” replaces many cuss words with lyrics that make the song hilarious. They change one lyric to “I’d unhug you if I could.” This humor is something more musicians should want to achieve with their music.
Fandom was meant to played over and over again. The last track “I Felt Younger When We Met” perfectly transitions to the first track “Cherry Red.” This transition also really encapsulates who the band really is. Waterparks is so in touch with what fans want and what they do. They knew fans would listen to this album on repeat so they made it so the tracks transition between each other.
Waterparks needs more love from everyone. Their music is great and has amazing lyrics. The band is really confident with their music, because of the authenticity of it. They always tell people to stream Fandom and that is something everyone should do because these three talented people deserve more credit for their incredible music.
- Cherry Red
- Watch What Happens Next
- Dream Boy
- Easy To Hate
- High Definition
- Group Chat
- Never Bloom Again
- War Crimes
- Zone Out