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Left to Right: Geoff Wigington (IS A NICE BOY), Awsten Knight (IS A POSER), & Otto Wood (OTTO)
A Waterparks promotional poster from Warped Tour, letting you know exactly what you're getting into.

Waterparks is a Pop Punk/Pop Rock band from Houston, 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 EPs, Airplane Conversations and Cluster in 2012 and 2014. They signed Equal Vision Records in late 2015, releasing the Cluster EP and their first album Double Dare in 2016. Their second album, Entertainment was released in 2018 with a third album on its way. Waterparks are represented by MDDN, the management company owned by Joel and Benji Madden of Good Charlotte.

Musically, Waterparks sets itself apart from similar bands through electronic elements, heavy pop influence, honest to a fault lyrics, and being surprisingly heavy on certain songs. Waterparks also has an uncommonly sharp sense of humor, combining playful sarcasm, Comical Overreacting, the occasional pop culture reference, the constant really weird shit, and heavy doses of self-aware meta humor at the expense of themselves, their fans, and others.



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

Slow down and list tropes that apply to Waterparks here, jellybean.

  • A Day in the Limelight: Otto occasionally gets to be lead singer during live shows, promo videos for outlets like Alternative Press, or for songs like the cover of "All By Myself" by Green Day. Alt Press has dubbed this "Ottoparks", which has been fully embraced by the fandom to the point where it got mentioned on a Waterparks tour t-shirt.
  • Album Title Drop: 'Take Her to the Moon' drops Double Dare's.
    • 'Stupid For You' on the same album drops it too
    • 'Little Violence' has a Call-Back to 'Black Light.'
  • Alphabetical Theme Naming: The first letter in the title of each release by Waterparks so far corresponds to alphabetical order.
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  • American Accents: The Waterparks members don't have super noticeable accents that would stereotypically be associated with Texas. Awsten says "y'all" and "all y'all" a lot (even in written conversation), wheras Geoff and Otto don't use the terms at all.
  • Awesome Mc Coolname: "Awsten Knight"? "Geoff Wigington"? "Otto Wood"? These guys were walking around with cool names before they even started the band!
    • It gets cooler: Awsten's full name is Awsten Constantine Knight. His first name's spelling wasn't because of his parents either. His birthname was actually Austin, but he started writing his name as Awsten in his tweens. Eventually it stuck so hard with everyone else around him that he got the spelling of his name legally changed.
  • Boy Band: Parodied in their music video for 'Stupid For You,' where Waterparks serve as the off-screen backing band and true vocals for a cheesy and conceited 90s style boy band, PARXBOIZ, complete with coordinated white outfits, a gloriously tacky logo, and the conceited frontman getting all the attention. Eventually Waterparks is revealed, with the boy band audience loving them and Parxboiz utterly embarrassed. Also a nod towards them being dismissed as a "boy band" since the band started, similar to other groups like Busted, McFly, and 5 Seconds of Summer.
  • Break-Up Song: "Crave" is specifically one, but it's written by Awsten about one of Geoff's breakups and even features Geoff singing on a verse.
  • Butt-Monkey: In the "Stupid For You"" video, the music industry exec that was judging Waterparks in the corner the whole time, eventually tries to confront Awsten. Who then laughs in the guy's face without even looking him directly.note  Big mistake. The whole band starts goofing off, which gradually grinds the lipsyncing PARXBOIZ' show to a halt. Eventually Awsten shoves the exec, who accidentally drags down the PARXBOIZ background, revealing Waterparks. The guy falls in full view of the concertgoers and gets stepped on by one of the backing dancers coming back on stage for Waterparks. Awsten is the most physically aggressive and directly antagonistic towards the exec, being responsible for most of his humiliation.
  • Caps Lock: Yes, Awsten keeps this on all the time on social media for both his personal and his band accountnote . This happens so much that it's even leaked into the band's marketing.
  • 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. The first half of the song covers material similarly to the Double Dare track "Little Violence" but transitions into relationship drama with an uncommon twist: unlike other bands talking about their girlfriend's exes, Awsten names names.
  • Cloudcuckoolander: Awsten can come off as this. If you read his tweets, he tweets IN ALL CAPS and tweets really out there and random ass things. He also really likes to swear in interviews, which can be funny when he wonders if he can swear in some of them and asks for permission, sometimes after he's already sworn several times.
  • Color-Coded for Your Convenience: In several songs, Awsten associates himself with the color blue. Yellow is also used to refer to Awsten's ex, Ciara Hanna, whose best known role is the Yellow Megaforce Power Ranger.
    "I'm color-coding my moods, you're yellow, I'm natural blue, let's get together and be green like my insides"
    • Double Dare is associated with yellow, Entertainment is associated with purple, and there's heavy speculation that their third album is going to be associated with red (and that Awsten will dye his hair accordingly, as he did with Entertainment)
  • Concept Video: Three videos for songs on Entertainment, "Lucky People", "We Need To Talk", and "Not Warriors/Crybaby" are connected to each other, with the videos for "We Need To Talk" and "Not Warriors/Crybaby" having the most direct connections.note . This has lead to a lot of fan speculation about the videos being a meta-commentary on Awsten's relationship with his ex, with Awsten saying that he wrote "We Need To Talk" "very carefully and specifically". In particular, the existence of a video tape labeled "Friendly Reminder" in "We Need To Talk" led some to believe that the third Waterparks album would be named Friendly Reminder, which Awsten teased as the title several times after that.
  • Continuity Nod: They have a song called 'I'm a Natural Blue' (referring to the color Awsten used to dye his hair). In one of the first few lines 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 chorus.
  • Covert Pervert: In the "Stupid For You" video. the music industry exec's assistant is seen eagerly taking notes while watching something in front of her. Cut to Awsten performing faux oral on his microphone.
  • Cover Version: They covered Green Day's 'Hitchin' a Ride' for Kerrang's Green Day's American Superhits compilation cover album. The Hidden Track for the EP is "All By Myself", another hidden track in Green Day's discography done by drummer Tré Cool. The cover credited to Waterparks, but is actually Otto going solo!
    • They've also contributed a cover of Head Automatica's "Beating Heart Baby" to a Rock Sound compilation
    • They've done live covers of Michelle Branch's "Everywhere" for Alternative Press, Fall Out Boy's "Sugar, We're Goin' Down" back when they were first starting out...and of Big Time Rush.
  • Cryptic Background Reference: In the video for We Need To Talk, the desperate girlfriend immediately checks under a bed to find a box labelled "Awsten's stuff", with various tools needed for necromancy. She uses these tools to perform a ritual, largely hinting at background for the music video's version of Awsten that doesn't (and probably shouldn't) get elaborated on.
  • Drowning My Sorrows: From "Dizzy":
    Daylight savings gives me time to think
    Which is the last thing that I want since I don't drink
    So I can't numb my feelings to avoid my thoughts
    That climb to the back of my head tying my veins in knots
  • Early Installment Weirdness: The two self-produced EPs are more rudimentary in their production. The Cluster EP is where Waterparks settles into the electronic pop rock they're most recognized for. 'Airplane Conversations and Black Light also feature something that the other two don't: a bassist that's officially in the band's lineup. Eventually they decided to go without, with the role being handled by fill-in bassists on studio albums and pre-recording backing tracks (and the occasional special guest bassist) during live shows.
    • 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.
  • Hotblooded: Awsten is very passionate about having the band continue to be successful. Especially since much of Waterparks' early days involved him having to believe in the band even as his lack of progress compared to his other Houston area friends was becoming more evident.
    "I've never doubted we were going to be successful. I had to believe we were going to be a success. Whatever I do in life, I want to be great at; I don’t see how you can’t want success, especially when you’re working as hard as I was in the early days. I always thought we’d get there, and if anyone questioned me, I'd say, 'Trust me – we're going to make it happen'."
  • Iconic Item: Awsten's "toe token" necklaces. Many fans make bootleg versions of the ones that Awsten wears, to the point where the band started officially selling them. Selling them officially presented a problem; normally "toe tokens" are actually intended to be an incentive for kids in running clubs and are sold by a company called Fitness Finders. They initially didn't take too kindly to Awsten's unintentional appropriation of their product, but eventually they worked things out.
    • Geoff wears a choker with a Triforce on it, though occasionally it's switched out with a Poke Ball.
  • I Need a Freaking Drink: From "Blonde": "I'm seconds from bottles when these seconds feel awful now / But I don't for you "
  • 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, as of Entertainment era currently a vibrant purple. Since he dyes his hair to coordinate with album cycles, which hair he'll go with next is a common speculation topic. He even has his own brand of Manic Panic hair dye, Knight Bright 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. Doubles as a Take That!.
  • Long Title: "I Was Hiding Under Your Porch Because I Love You"
    • Awsten's TEI workshop on Warped Tour was called "AWSTEN DOING WHATEVER HE DECIDES THAT DAY PLEASE COME". And so he did and people came.
  • Mohs Scale of Rock and Metal Hardness: They generally hover around 4-5, but have dropped lower on some songs.
  • Mohs Scale of Lyrical Hardness: Ranges from a 4-6 with an occasional veer into 7.
  • My Nayme Is: Awsten, not Austin.
  • Nice Guy: Geoff has this (well deserved) reputation to the point where when Waterparks sold shirts representing each band member on tour, Geoff's was a blue shirt simply saying "Geoff is a nice boy".
  • Mr. Fanservice: Otto solidifed his status as this when he started wearing croptops on Warped Tour. He also doesn't wear a shirt in boy band member form in the "Stupid For You" video, which leads to a moment where the camera intentionally and awkwardly focuses on him a bit too longer than it should.
    • In one of Jawn Rocha (the band's official photographer)'s YouTube videos, Awsten and Jawn took advantage of people wanting to see Awsten as Mr. Fanservice by covering up Awsten's torso when removing his hoodie with heavy mosaics.
  • Nobody Loves the Bassist: After bad experiences with bassists, Waterparks decided to not have one as Awsten, Geoff, and Otto get along well and didn't want to disrupt that balance by having another member involved. Instead, the band uses fill-in bassists in studio (and occasionally live) and pre-recorded backing tracks during shows. While they might not want a bassist, questions about why they don't have one and if they'd consider having one abound, much to their chagrin. This has opened up some great collaborations, like Mikey Way performing bass on the Cluster EP and live for Waterparks on Warped Tour. In that case, everyone loves the bassist!
    • Both Otto and Geoff had previously expressed interest in playing bass for the band, with Otto being the most insistent on it. Obviously this hasn't worked out. This is referenced in the video for "Gloom Boys" by Otto mentioning that he was once the band's bassist...for a day. The video also features a guy trying to become their bassist; in real life, attempts by fans to get Waterparks to let them play bass on stage with them are met by Awsten immediately shutting them down, often by reminding them that Otto and Geoff already called dibs. He's also rejected people by joking that the band "hates friends".
  • No Pronunciation Guide: Geoff is pronounced like "Jeff" (in the same way that Geoffrey is pronounced like Jeff-frey), but often gets confused for other pronunciations like "GEO-ff" based on how it's spelled.
  • Obsession Song: ''Peach (Lobotomy)", of the passive variety, "Territory" of the aggressive variety.
  • O.O.C. Is Serious Business: If Awsten drops caps lock on Twitter, that usually means you should listen.note 
  • Pop Punk: Naturally, with influences including Green Day, Fall Out Boy, blink-182, Sum 41 and My Chemical Romance. However, they spice things up by mixing high-energy, pop-leaning, fast-paced punk jams with a healthy dose of electronics mixed into the songs, similar to oldschool Hellogoodbye.
    • Even though it's reasonable to assume about Waterparks, classifying the band as pop punk is actually a Berserk Button for Awsten, as he considers modern pop punk to be largely derivative and takes pride in the quality of Waterparks' production compared to other bands. As a result, he doesn't want to be pigeonholed, especially as Waterparks takes a lot more influence from pop music than people give them credit for.
      Awsten: I'd really like it if people on the internet would calling us pop punk, because we're not that fucking basic and if you listen past, like, anything and you heard any of the fucking chord trees or any of the fucking programming I'm doing, YOU'D NOTICE THAT!
      Geoff: He's not lying! He's not lying at at all.
  • Power Trio:
    • Chromatic Arrangement: Based on shirts sold by Waterparks corresponding to each member and jackets they've worn on tour, Awsten is red, Geoff is blue, and Otto is yellow.
  • Precision F-Strike: On their albums, kept minimal for maximum impact, in real life, constantly coming out of Awsten's mouth alongside less precision.
  • Pretty Boy: Awsten is frequently acknowledged as this due to his fairer facial features, dyed hair, and sense of fashion.
    • He's well aware of this reputation, to the point where he'll randomly bring up how cute he is as a joke, even if it doesn't make sense in the context of what he's discussing. The opening line of TANTRUM is a pointed rhetorical question based off that reputation and how it impacts his chances of success in the music industry:
      "If I wasn't thin and white with blue hair, would I be here?"
  • Real Life Writes the Plot: Several songs on Entertainment were written after Awsten's nasty break-up with then-girlfriend, Ciara Hanna.
  • Running Joke: Geoff loving Minions. He's never actually seen the movie; Awsten started it by tricking Geoff into taking a picture with a Minions calendar and escalated it so far that fans started actually giving him Minions merch. Tons of it. The fun never ends! (To be fair, when there's an opportunity to let Geoff defend himself, he usually lets Geoff have it.)
    • Through a mildly creepy song, a weird amount of affection, and persistence, Awsten has somehow convinced people to make him or help him make his Weapon of Choice: the toothbat. It's a bat with teeth embedded into it. That's he's convinced people to consequentially send baby teeth to him because of. The fun never ends...?
  • Sell-Out: In "Little Violence", a song that largely criticizes the alt rock scene, one lyric outright says "I want to be a sellout just to piss ya'll off." Awsten has frequently talked about wanting the band to be highly successful even at the expense of some less tolerant people in the alt rock scene and in their own fanbase.
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  • Shout-Out Theme Naming: Each Waterparks release has one song title that references a Pixar movie.
  • The Stoic: Otto is the calmest of the lot and often ends up being the Only Sane Man.
    • His humor is more akin to a Deadpan Snarker, though in brief moments, it's obvious that his humor has more in common with the rest of the band than you'd think. Sometimes Otto even joins in on some of Awsten's stranger jokey bits.
  • Take That!: Constantly.
    • In the music video for 'Stupid For You,' Waterparks portrays themselves as both their regular selves and as a Boy Band called "Parxboyz". Waterparks is actually performing Parxboyz' music for them behind-the-scenes while the actual boy band themselves lip sync. This is meant as a slight towards people who consider them to be a boy band, accuse them of being "industry plants", and claim that the Madden Brothers are ghostwriting their songs just because they make poppy music. Some have misinterpreted it as a diss towards acts like One Direction (which they actually love, in this interview Awsten reels off a list of favorite One Direction songs which includes some lesser-known bonus tracks) Some have also misinterpreted it as a diss towards 5 Seconds of Summer even though Awsten has performed with the band live in Houston during 5SOS' 2018 touring on top of watching their performance. Then going to see them perform again later in the year. Not even in special VIP seating either both times either, actually being in the audience.
    • "TANTRUM", "Little Violence", "Blacklight", and "I'm A Natural Blue" are take thats to the alternative music scene they're in. While "I'm A Natural Blue" simply covers disillusionment and unoriginality in the scene, the songs gradually get angrier and more direct while adding on more grievances, correlating with the band's increase in popularity. TANTRUM also adds additional Take Thats to other non-music sources: exes of his-then girlfriend. This tendency also creeps into otherwise unrelated songs like "Plum Island", where we get "Can't wait for complaints about the vocals and pop / 'cause ya'll are stuck in the past and I got a crystal ball".
    • Awsten dissing people on his personal Twitter and on the band's Twitter falls in one of two categories: jokes or intense complaints around the competency of others, up to and including people directly involved with the band's business dealings, like the company that sells their merch.
  • Take That, Audience!: Waterparks loves teasing their fans for their eccentricities as much as their fans love teasing them for theirs.
    • A shirt Waterparks made for Warped Tour emulating fangirl speak has a brief moment where they joked about fans that doubted their ability to deliver on Entertainment but ended up liking it in the end.
    • Then that shirt got a sequel (yes, really) that was more directly a Take That, specifically at fan speculation about their third album, reception towards Geoff and Otto compared to Awsten, and setlist decisions.
  • Theme Naming: Every EP and LP they've released so far has had a name that's gone in alphabetical order. Airplane Conversations, Blacklight, Cluster, Double Dare, and Entertainment. The next album is most likely gonna have a name starting with "F".
  • Trademark Favorite Food: Awsten loves orange juice, more specifically the kind from H-E-B, a regional supermarket chain based mainly in Texas, with some locations in northeast Mexico.
  • Unexpectedly Dark Episode: Most Waterparks music videos are either goofy, surreal, some mix of both, or a straightforward live performance video. We Need To Talk, opens with Awsten having an argument with his fictional girlfriend that ends in him jumping out the window committing suicide. The distraught girlfriend then resurrects him as a zombie. The ending involves him leaving the girlfriend's house, narrowly avoiding a visit by the priest that the girlfriend brought there. While the second half of the video is more bittersweet and sad than anything, the first part of the video gives you a Gory Discretion Shot by not showing Awsten actually falling and hitting the ground...then you get to see his actual limp body on the pavement with blood coming out of his nostrils. There's no content warning given and there wasn't much expectation that the video would be this dark, even though some parts of another connected Waterparks video, Not Warriors/Crybaby got a little spooky.
  • Visual Innuendo: In the "Stupid For You" video, in order to spite a music industry exec interrupting Waterparks' performance, Awsten starts cupping his mouth around his mic. Afterwards, he starts jerking his guitar up and down like, y'know.


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