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WATER­PARKS IT’S NOT JUST AQUATIC SWMRS’ AND THEM. NAMES THAT UNITE TWO THEY’RE ALSO THE MOST VI­BRANT, EX­CIT­ING 2017 BANDS THAT POP-PUNK SINCE HAS TO OF­FER. AND, THEY’RE BOTH CUR­RENTLY TIME LOW OPEN­ING FOR ALL BET­TER IN THE STATES, WHAT AW­STEN TIME TO PAIR UP COLE BECKER KNIGHT AND FOR A LIT­TLE CEL­E­BRA­TION BROUGHT OF THAT FACT. WE THEY THE PARTY POP­PERS. BROUGHT THE WEIRD…

If there’s a it’s crackle in not just the air this Aw­sten be­cause af­ter­noon, Knight and Water­parks SWMRS Cole front­man are set­ting Becker from streamer off party Of Blues in guns back­stage pop­pers on Ana­heim, at the and heads, the Cal­i­for­nia.with House fact en­ergy that these in the room nov­elty hats two them­selves friends comes from a lit­tle have the the var­i­ous cel­e­bra­tion de­cided to have sur­round­ing plat­ters of kin­ship. of fruit and Or, given to ta­bles, per­haps veg­eta­bles bon­homie. that on the The should most be a ban­quet aside from sur­pris­ing the thing about de­spite be­ing ex­citable this a bab­bling bro­mance, hadn’t even tee­to­taller, Aw­sten met is that its musters piv­otal at the mo­ment be­gin­ning con­stituent of this bros sup­ported came in All Time March, when year.that and Ire­land Low on a the two – the U.S. 17-date bands sev­eral dates leg of tour into. which of the UK De­spite they’re the cur­rently names, liq­uid we’ve syn­ergy pre­am­ble heard on be­tween to the their bands’ sw their grapevine im ming first that the ly as their en­counter Ea­ger to didn’t go find out friend­ship as, ahem, head­gear, more, would now rus­tle we up don our sug­gest. sticks, and some cheese most gar­ish try turn our and to party bull­shit pineap­ple with this de­tec­tors on pair of up to full as we mo­tor­mouths…

WE’VE HEARD THE BUILD THERE’S A UP TO YOUR STORY ABOUT FIRST MEET­ING…

Cole BECKER: play “So, Aw­sten I was in came the be­cause to see a same high he had a school cousin school cousin that and as me. He went to that me do Legally came to point we see his didn’t Blonde The were mu­si­cians, re­ally know Mu­si­cal.at Aw­sten but we that one KNIGHT: just hit it an­other mu­si­cian “And when off.” too, all I I found we can could out he was open for think was, a the same ‘Hope­fully band one day to­gether…’ ”

PRETTY SURE YOU’RE PULLING OUR LEG…

Cole: “We are pulling we’re hav­ing your leg, you’ve trou­ble try­ing but only heard…” to fig­ure be­cause out what story

WE HEAR THAT ON WAS SICK, THE UK TOUR ABOUT AND YOU CATCH­ING GUYS WERE AW­STEN DIDN’T MEET FOR WHAT­EVER WOR­RIED HE HAD, A WHILE… SO

“Ha! The funny thing about it is that we were in

such close quar­ters and be­cause we were Aw­sten was in sharin Aw­sten: his bunk asleep “Yeah, I the whol tried to keep my and crank it out U.S. sleep that way by sleep­ing day, try­ing to not for 14 be sick. So when I was like,‘i’m sorry!’” I fi­nally di Cole: “We did a phone in­ter­view early on, but I think to­gether p the first point that off our gas masks we t to avoid catch­ing prob­a­bly about three his germ or four shows in to th

WHEN DID YOU AN­OTHER’S FIRST HEAR ABOUT BANDS?

Cole: “Prob­a­bly when Aw­sten: we first an­nounced “I know that I th that, heard your though.” name bef Cole: “Ac­tu­ally, I heard [Mad­den], about you guys from but I hadn’t lis­tened re­alised how to fuck­ing you.when cool the pair­ing was, be

we’re from two dif­fer­ent zones within the al­ter­na­tive mu­sic world.”

WHAT WERE YOUR FIRST IM­PRES­SIONS OF ONE AN­OTHER?

Cole: “I thought Aw­sten was buff…” Aw­sten: “Buff?! Fuck yeah! I was pretty zoned out, so I was just wor­ried about get­ting you guys sick. My first im­pres­sion was… noth­ing bad! So that’s good, right?” Cole: “Of course! I thought Water­parks were younger than us, but it turns out they’re ac­tu­ally older.” Aw­sten: “That’s be­cause we drink baby blood like Jared Leto from 30 Sec­onds To Mars.” Cole: “Is that a real thing?” Aw­sten: “It is! Google ‘Baby blood makes you young’.” Cole: “Does Jared Leto ac­tu­ally drink it, though?” Aw­sten: “I’m pretty sure he does.”

GIVEN YOUR BANDS’ WA­TERY NAMES, YOU TWO HAD TO GET ALONG, RIGHT?

Aw­sten: “If any­one is re­motely moist re­gard­ing their band name then we’re im­me­di­ately tight.” Cole: “It’s the law!”

WHAT ONE THING MIGHT SUR­PRISE PEO­PLE ABOUT THE PAIR OF YOU?

Cole: “Aw­sten can beat any­one on this tour at arm wrestling. True fact!” Aw­sten: “Any­one ex­cept Zack [Merrick, bass] from All Time Low. I won’t arm wres­tle him, be­cause if I do then we’d be down one gui­tarist. He’s very big.at one point I was talk­ing to him about work­out stuff, and he said,‘wait. Do you work out?’ I said,‘yes…’ and he just laughed.”

WHAT ONE QUAL­ITY DO YOU SEE IN EACH OTHER THAT YOU’D LIKE TO HAVE YOUR­SELF?

Aw­sten: “Well, Cole’s got this horse neck­lace that’s mak­ing me pretty en­vi­ous right now. I also reg­u­larly miss my pink hair, which is what he’s got go­ing on right now.” Cole: “I miss hav­ing blue-green hair, which Aw­sten has.”

PER­HAPS YOU COULD TRADE OVER WITHIN THE COURSE OF THE TOUR?

Aw­sten: “Hmm… for the sake of my brand­ing, I’d have to say no.”

WHAT HAVE YOU NEVER TOLD ONE AN­OTHER THAT YOU’D LIKE TO SHARE RIGHT NOW?

Aw­sten: “The first horse that I ever rode was called ‘Smokey’.” Cole: “I’m go­ing to Dis­ney­land to­mor­row.” Aw­sten: “Oooh, nice – I’m not, so I’m pretty en­vi­ous.”

CAN’T YOU GO TO­GETHER?

Aw­sten: “Maybe.the pos­si­bil­i­ties are end­less when you’re in rich bands like us.” Cole: “(Sar­cas­ti­cally) We’re so fa­mous in Amer­ica that we just get free ev­ery­thing.”

As you can prob­a­bly al­ready tell,aw­sten and Cole don’t take them­selves, or the in­ter­view process, par­tic­u­larly se­ri­ously. Even the most cur­sory glance at ei­ther of their Twit­ter feeds shows their pen­chants for ir­rev­er­ent hu­mour.these are, after all, men who tweet stuff like ‘OH RIGHT ITS “RO­MAN­TIC” WHEN VAN GOGH CUT HIS EAR OFF BUT THE SEC­OND I MAIL MY GIRL­FRIEND MY “EYE­LIDS” SHE WANTS “A LOT OF SPACE”’ (Aw­sten), and ‘If u a rock band then there should be no more than 0 com­put­ers on stage’ (Cole).

So what about the as­pi­ra­tion stuff? What are their hopes for the fu­ture? How would they like to build on the suc­cess of their lat­est al­bums, 2016’s Dou­ble Dare (Water­parks), and Drive North (SWMRS)? What would they even de­fine ‘suc­cess’ as?

It’s time for these guys to get se­ri­ous.they, how­ever, have other ideas…

YOU’RE ON TOUR WITH ALL TIME LOW. WHAT HAS THE EX­PE­RI­ENCE TAUGHT YOU ABOUT YOUR OWN AS­PI­RA­TIONS FOR YOUR RE­SPEC­TIVE BANDS?

Aw­sten: “It’s taught me that I want way more lasers in our show.” Cole: “Zack taught me that I re­ally want to be hun­gover all the time.”

AW­STEN, AS SOME­ONE WHO DOESN’T DRINK, WHAT’S IT LIKE HAV­ING TO DEAL WITH DRUNK PEO­PLE ON TOUR?

Aw­sten: “I’m used to it: I’m in a tour­ing band.we’re sur­rounded by beer right now.” Cole: “Aw­sten gets a lot of free beer. If you’re read­ing this and you’re down on your beer sup­ply, then hit up Aw­sten; he gets given a huge amount of beer, even though he doesn’t drink.” Aw­sten: “It’s how I make friends. I’ll be talk­ing to some­one and sud­denly say,‘yo, you want 10 drink tick­ets?’ To which they say,‘fuck yes I do, new friend.’”

WHAT HAVE BEEN YOUR MOST MEM­O­RABLE MO­MENTS ON TOUR TO­GETHER?

Aw­sten: “It’s re­ally, re­ally weird go­ing on a ferry… I don’t think I’ve ever done that be­fore.” Cole: “It was pretty tight when our tour bus driver

walked in and said such wildly in­ap­pro­pri­ate things to some­one hang­ing out with us. If he’d been younger, it would have been gross, but he was old – like a rough-as-fuck old pi­rate.when we go back to the UK I hope he drives us, be­cause I love that guy. He gave me a West Bromwich [Al­bion] jersey.”

COLE, YOU’VE BEEN TWEET­ING AND EN­COUR­AG­ING FANS TO EN­JOY CIR­CLE-PITS AS A SAFE SPACE. HOW IM­POR­TANT IS THE EX­PE­RI­ENCE YOUR FANS HAVE AT YOUR SHOWS TO YOU?

Cole: “It’s ev­ery­thing, right? Rock’n’roll mu­sic is such a live, show-based form of en­ter­tain­ment, so to be able to make sure that every­one there is able to have a good time is im­por­tant.we love a good pit at our shows, but we al­ways en­cour­age cir­cle-pits be­cause they’re the most or­derly ver­sion of chaos pos­si­ble.” Aw­sten: “I think it’s tight when fans feel safe – I just like to be able to yell at them as much as I can be­tween songs. If they want to talk to me, that’s good, be­cause it’s weird when it’s quiet and I have to awk­wardly say,‘so… next song, I guess…’”

WHAT DOES SUC­CESS LOOK LIKE FOR YOU?

Aw­sten: “Be­ing able to feed my fu­ture poo­dle ev­ery­thing it likes, and ev­ery­thing I like.and a salt­wa­ter pool, so I can ac­tu­ally swim in it with­out chlo­rine be­cause it would turn my hair a weird greeny-or­ange-brown colour.” Cole: “Be­ing able to get up on­stage and play mu­sic for as long as pos­si­ble means so much to me. At the same time, I’d want to try to give as many peo­ple as pos­si­ble the kind of pos­i­tive and cathar­tic ex­pe­ri­ences I’ve had at shows.”

WHICH SHOWS DID THAT FOR YOU?

Aw­sten: “My first show was Green Day…” Cole: “Tight [Cole’s SWMRS band­mate, Joey Arm­strong, is Bil­lie Joe Arm­strong’s son]!” Aw­sten: “It was the tight­est fuck­ing thing. I also saw My Chem­i­cal Ro­mance on The Black Pa­rade tour. I’d never painted my face be­fore, but I made my­self into a skele­ton-look­ing dude for that.” Cole: “I saw No­rah Jones re­cently.that was tight be­cause I got a wine and was just sit­ting there in the Greek The­atre in LA, en­joy­ing the most beau­ti­ful chardon­nay mu­sic I’ve ever heard.”

TELL US ABOUT THE MO­MENT YOU THOUGHT YOUR RE­SPEC­TIVE BAND WAS A VI­ABLE THING…

Aw­sten: “When we started do­ing head­lin­ers this year.with our U.S. head­lin­ers, the ma­jor­ity sold out. One of the shows was a 600-ca­pac­ity one, and it sold 586 – son of a bitch! Any­way, see­ing that we can ac­tu­ally go out our­selves, since then we’ve taken that as a sign of be­ing a suc­cess.” Cole: “We had this eight-track tape recorder when we were about 12. When Max [Becker, SWMRS band­mate and Cole’s brother] and I first made a record­ing on that, it sounded like shit, but we had so much fun that we thought,‘this is what we’re go­ing to do, whether peo­ple want us to or not.’”

YOUR BANDS ARE ASKED TO COL­LEC­TIVELY CU­RATE A ONE-DAY FES­TI­VAL BILL. WHAT ARTISTS ARE ON IT?

Cole: “Cul­ture Abuse.” Aw­sten: “I’m go­ing to bring out all the sassy peo­ple, so I’ll have Bey­oncé. Ac­tu­ally, no-no-no… Bruno Mars!” Cole: “Fuck yeah! I’d put Sonic Youth from 1991 on there.” Aw­sten: “I like Ja­son Derulo, so he’s go­ing in.”

AND WHAT WOULD YOU CALL IT?

Cole: “Wa­ter Fes­ti­val.” Aw­sten: “#Wet.”

WHAT ARE THE CHANCES OF YOU TWO COL­LAB­O­RAT­ING IN FU­TURE? WHAT DO YOU THINK YOU’D BOTH BRING TO THE TA­BLE?

Aw­sten: “Who’s to say we haven’t?” Cole: “Like him spit­ting a verse on one of our songs?” Aw­sten: “Let’s do it!”

WHAT ARE YOUR OTHER AS­PI­RA­TIONS FOR THE FU­TURE? WHAT’S ON YOUR BUCKET LISTS?

Aw­sten: “To be on an Acura [car] com­mer­cial, and to sell more CDS than Michael-fuck­ing-jack­son.” Cole: “I’d like to get a dog that I can train well enough to bring on tour.we’re go­ing to put out an­other al­bum, and hope­fully peo­ple lis­ten to it and think,‘damn! SWMRS re­ally tried hard to make some­thing cool.’” Aw­sten: “No, SWMRS made some­thing cool – not tried to.” Cole: “You’re right.‘swmrs made some­thing cool, and I’m go­ing to latch onto this piece of cul­ture.’” Aw­sten: “I hope my he­roes see us.” Cole: “I want to have my co­caine and hook­ers phase, too, where you’re go­ing to night­clubs ev­ery night. Every­one’s got to have a piece-of-shit phase.” Aw­sten: “I don’t like drugs, so I’m go­ing to have to fake it.”

And with that, the party comes to an end, with the duo blow­ing kisses at K! (Aw­sten) and show­cas­ing their im­pres­sive dance moves (Cole) as they claim to head off to one of the planned “Down­ward Spi­ral” he­do­nis­tic pe­ri­ods they sug­gest awaits them. While we’d strongly ques­tion whether ei­ther of them will be do­ing that in the fu­ture, one thing is def­i­nitely on the agenda: a sold-out show in front of 2,000 peo­ple with ATL, and the po­ten­tial to win some new fans for their bands. So what hap­pens after that? That’s a fu­ture in the hands of two men last seen us­ing theirs to sim­u­late fir­ing guns after Aw­sten, a Texan, sug­gested he was good at shoot­ing. We wouldn’t worry about these two; their weird­ness ob­vi­ously hasn’t held them back at all – it’s al­ready got them this far.

WE DRINK BABY BLOOD LIKE JARED LETO!” AW­STEN KNIGHT

Cole’s bounc­ing tech­nique: sim­ply the chest K! snap­per Lind­sey was ab­so­lutely de­lighted Aw­sten had gar­lic for lunch

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