Waterparks are a three piece rock band from Houston, Texas. The band currently consists of vocalist and rhythm guitarist Awsten Knight, backing vocalist and lead guitarist, Geoff Wigington, and drummer Otto Wood. Entertainment, due for release on January 26th via Equal Vision Records, is the bands 2nd full length album.
11-11 is the opening track on the album and it starts with a synth keyboard with drums, vocals and guitar kicking in not long after. The vocal harmonies are impressive between Knight and Wigington with Wood bringing the whole thing together with a sloid drum beat. Lyrically the track is about being in love and the person you’re in love with being worth the chase. It’s a great track energy wise as an opener and sets the scene for the rest of the album.
Next up is Blonde, which was the first single to be released when Entertainment was announced, and was the first track to have a music video, which you can check out below. Blonde is everything you’d hope for from a punk rock band with it’s loud, in your face vibe and the high energy fans have come to expect from Waterparks. In this track, vocalist Awsten gets to show off his fast-paced lyrical style, as well as showing off his impressive rock voice during the breakdown half way through the track.
Peach (Lobotomy) is next and after the fast-paced vibe of the first two tracks, the guy slow it right down with this one. Acoustic guitar and whistling open this song with Knight providing the calm and dulcet vocals for the verses with some faster, almost rap-like sequences coming prior to the choruses. The following track We Need To Talk continues on the slower side and gives Knight more of an opportunity to show off his impressive vocal range, and for the band to show that it doesn’t just have talents in rock, but can pull off a ballad, and a rather impressive one at that. We Need To Talk could also be read as a break-up song, or a song to an ex-lover that you miss.
The final single to be released from Entertainment, Not Warriors is next. The track has a slow build and tricks the listener into thinking it’s another ballad, but soon builds into a ‘classic’ pop punk track. The chorus welcomes in the heavier style guitar and drums, with the bassline being the quintessential backbone to the track. Not Warriors also incorporates keyboards to further cement the solid musicality of the track.
Next we have Lucky People, another acoustic and ballad-type track. It’s time to get your lighters out, and your arms around the people standing next to you. Live this song would definitely beg audience participation and the lyrics are easy enough to learn so you could sing along! Waterparks cites bands like Green Day, Fall Out Boy, and Blink-182 as their influences and these definitely show in this track. Musically it follows the sound of tracks such as I Miss You by Blink-182, whilst lyrically showing influence from Green Day, and Fall Out Boy. These influences are possibly given more of a chance to shine in this track due to the album being produced by none other than Good Charlotte’s, Benji Madden.
Rare is next and the energy and sound is back to high and loud, electric guitar starts this track off and is supported by solid drums and bass. If Lucky People is the track to be mellow and sombre, Rare is a great track to follow to get the energy back up. There’s an impressive guitar solo at about the 2.15 mark and you better get your air guitar out ready to jam along. The air drums and bass might also be needed for this one, that is if you’re not busy jumping up and down and singing along.
As it’s title suggests, the next track TANTRUM is exactly that and while previous tracks have a more pop-punk vibe, this one definitely has a rock sound. Angry, fast and aggressive, and as the recording played at the start of the track, is a dig at ‘all the fuck-boy bands that can’t think for themselves’, and possibly at the pop music industry where every artist is the same and does what they’re told. Another great and aggressive track that encourages you to jump around, mosh and head-bang until you can’t see straight.
Second to last is Crybaby. Where TANTRUM is an aggressive rock track, Crybaby is almost a synth-pop dance track. Waterparks have again shown that they can switch seamlessly between different genres. Even though this track is vastly different, it definitely holds its own against the other tracks on Entertainment.
Lastly we have Sleep Alone, the intro continues on the synth-pop vibes of the previous track but by the time the chorus kicks in, the synth is replaced with chugging, fast guitars and drums, with Wood getting the chance to show off his faster playing style. Sleep Alone works as both a great closing track for an album, and would also work well as a track to play out a live show. If you have any energy left by the end, you’ll definitely get to use Sleep Alone to get it out of your system.