HOUSTON POP-PUNKS LIVE UP TO THEIR HYPE ON COLOURFUL DEBUT. CHECK IT OUT, WE DARE YOU…
1 HAWAII (STAY AWAKE)
This opener sees Waterparks frontman Awsten Knight unable to sleep; fittingly, it’s as energetic and refreshing as a go down a 50-ft-high vertical water slide. Plus, no danger of losing your trunks.
2 GLOOM BOYS
A song full of personality, you can almost see the lyricist’s pained expression as he sings ‘The boys are back / The boys are sad’. Like Good Charlotte with keyboards.
3 STUPID FOR YOU
Waterparks welcome you to their bright, technicolour world with the line,‘ you’re yellow / I’m natural blue / Let’s get together and be green like my insides’, in their cute, yet boy-ish love song.we dig.
‘I wish I was royal / But
I’m not’, laments Awsten on this arresting single, before nailing some impressive high notes.you and us both, mate…
5 TAKE HER TO THE MOON
Too much autotune. Next!
6 MADE IN AMERICA
Fact: this song was actually made in America.and, one of the heaviest on the record, it’s likely to make them big all over the world.
Awsten’s got ‘bad thoughts’ and a vocal melody – ‘The worst part of it is… that I don’t hear from my friends anymore /Yeah everything slows down by 24’ – that’ll make your spine tingle.
A 5Sos-style ballad. Nice.
9 LITTLE VIOLENCE
Awsten sounds great
when he’s angry.‘ i wanna be a sell-out just to piss y’all off… Maybe if we’re lucky we’ll get a review…’ er, you got it, bud.
10 21 QUESTIONS
Acoustic time! And also achingly-accurate-introspective-look-at-life time.
11 IT FOLLOWS
The details are what make this trio’s music. Like the amazing what-it-sounds-like-when-you’re-sat-upstairs-in-your-bedroom-at-a-party intro on this stand-out track.
12 PLUMB ISLAND
This moody number is all about the drum rolls.
13 I’LL ALWAYS BE AROUND
And we don’t doubt it. Double Dare is a refreshing splash of rainbow colour – just what the world needs right now.