Music / Waterparks

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Left to Right: Geoff Wigington, Awsten Knight, & Otto Wood
Waterparks is a Pop Punk/Pop Rock band from Housten, Texas formed in 2011 by lead singer and guitarist, Awsten Knight, and ex-bassist Gage Matthieu, with Owen Marvin on drums, both of whom were eventually replaced with the two other members of their line up, Geoff Wigington on secondary guitar and Otto Wood on drums. They' released two independent E Ps in 2012 and 2014 before signing with Equal Vision Records in late 2015 and releasing another EP and their first album. Their second album came out in early 2018. They're still relatively unknown, but do show great promise to grow in popularity as they record and release more music.

Discography:

  • Airplane Conversations (EP) (2012)
  • Black Light (EP) (2014)
  • Cluster (EP) (2016)
  • Double Dare (2016)
  • Entertainment (2018)

Tropes featured in Waterparks:

  • Album Title Drop: 'Take Her to the Moon' drops Double Dare's.
    • Not an official one, but 'Little Violence' has a Call-Back to 'Black Light.'
  • "Awesome McCool" Name: "Awsten Knight"? "Geoff Wigington"? "Otto Wood"? These guys were walking around with cool names, at least with how they're spelled, before they even started the band!
  • Break Up Song: Rare might be one.
    "I just hope it's nicer where you are."
  • Careful with That Axe: The last few verses of TANTRUM have Awsten shrieking his head off as he rants about about injustices, double standards, and unoriginality in the music industry and how these have affected him alongside personal struggles.
    "AND IF I SEE YOU IN PERSON
    I'M TAKING TEETH
    TRUST, YOU'VE EARNED THIS!"
  • Continuity Nod: They have a song called, 'I'm a Natural Blue' (referring to the color Awsten used to dye his hair). The first actual line of 'Stupid For You,' Awsten sings, "You're yellow, I'm natural blue,' referencing the past song.
    • Also, on 'Little Violence,' name dropping Black Light in the first verse.
  • Cover Version: They covered Green Day's 'Hitchin' a Ride' for Kerrang's Green Day's American Superhits compilation cover album.
  • Early Installment Weirdness: Their first EP has a bassist and isn't as well done as their later stuff. Even their second has a bassist, as evidenced by 'I'm a Natural Blue's' video, but you can't really hear it and they added the electronics present in their music ever since.
    • Referenced in their video for 'Gloom Boys,' where a guy wants to become their bassist, but they said they don't have a bassist anymore and don't want another one.
  • Jump Physics: Geoff is known for his impressive jumps while rocking out on stage. Awsten doesn't disappoint either.
  • Keet: Awsten practically defines this trope, with his loud, cheery way of talking, hyperactive stage presence and tweets in full capslock
  • Kaleidoscope Hair: Awsten's dyed his hair blonde, pink, blue, silver, and is currently a vibrant purple.
  • Lampshade Hanging: In their cover of Green Day's 'Hitchin' A Ride', at the end, Awsten says, "Wow, not as good as the original," jabbing the people who'd say just that. You can look in the comments section of this upload of the cover for proof on that. Could also double as a Take That!, since their cover is still really good.
    • A lot of their songs also contain these, so much that it's a regular thing to expect in their works.
  • Mohs Scale of Rock and Metal Hardness: They generally hover around 4-5, but have dropped lower on some songs.
  • Pop Punk: Naturally, with influences ranging from Green Day to Fall Out Boy, to blink-182, to Sum 41 to My Chemical Romance. However, they spice things up by mixing high-energy, pop-leaning, fast-paced punk jams with a healthy dose and understanding, of electronics mixed into the songs. It's surprisingly well done.
  • Power Trio: Oh yes. All three of them pull off every song with such power and precision. They don't even have a bassist, just two guys on guitars and a drummer with prerecorded electronics blaring through their speakers.
  • Precision F-Strike: They don't swear much, but when they do, it's nuclear and oh so impactful.
  • Shout-Out: 'Gloom Boys' has lines saying, word-for-word, "The Boys Are Back." Unintentional, probably, though.
    • 'It Follows' is the name of another song.
    • Even their first album's name, Double Dare, could count.
    • In the beginning of 'New Wave's' music video, there might be one to How I Met Your Mother, as the three of them talk to each other in their minds, which the main characters of the show did on occasion.
    • 'Plum Island.'
    • 'Dizzy' name drops 24.
    • The music video for 'Gloom Boys' is a shout out to Scott Pilgrim vs. The World.
  • The Stoic: Otto is the calmest of the lot and often ends up being the Only Sane Man
  • Take That!: Several.
    • In the music video for 'Stupid For You,' half the video has them dressed and acting like they're in a Boy Band called "Parxboyz," while it's contrasted with them playing the song in real life as themselves. This can be seen as not only a slight against Boy Bands, but fellow 2010s Pop Punk bands appearing to be ones themselves due to their sounds, namely 5 Seconds of Summer, who often get mistaken for one even though they're not, though it's understandable through their sound and marketing set up. Half the video even looks like one from the initial Boy Band craze from the late-90s to the early-2000s.
    • 'Little Violence' is chalk full of these. Examples include:
      • People who just now want to be friends after they got signed to a major label who wouldn't give them the time of day beforehand.
      • Towards "copycats" (possibly other bands who copy others to get recognition)
      • Critics.
      • People who pass them by just because they're, "not their thing."
      • Possibly 5 Seconds of Summer (the line about selling their album well and maybe getting a movie is spot on to exactly what they did after making it big with their first full album. Cathartic, no?).
      • Absolute Punk.
      • The more lax nature of 2010s Pop Punk, & other musical posers. Read the lyrics yourself if you think I'm joking. Realistically, it can be seen as one huge take that to the current state of 2010s Pop Punk made by younger bands for all of these reasons.
    • Possibly the entire point of 'Made in America.'
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