Hailing from Texas, pop punk outfit Waterparks have spent the last five years honing their craft with a series of EPs, the latest of which sees its UK release on May 27th via Easy Life/Red Essential. The timing couldn’t be more convenient as Cluster will be released just a day ahead of Waterparks‘ first UK show at Slam Dunk, a festival which is shaping up to deliver another stellar outing from both new and established bands alike.
With Benji Madden (Good Charlotte) and Courtney Ballard (All Time Low) on producing duties and even Mikey Way (My Chemical Romance) filling in on bass, Waterparks’ early promise and growing potential has earned the attention of seasoned musicians to help guide the band going forward. As the band are firmly rooted in the realms of pop punk, Cluster is opened up with Crave, a track full of bounce and energy which contains such catchy vocals from Awsten Knight that it is practically infectious. On such a compact release, it is always vital a band can demonstrate a variety of style and ability – something which is largely achieved by Waterparks the moment Mad All The Time kicks in. With staggered and looped vocals strewn all over, all backed by a soaring melodies, the presence of Benji Madden is clear. Possessing echoes of Good Charlotte’s later work, it is clear from Mad All The Time that Waterparks could easily take their songwriting in a number of different directions on the back of this EP.
As if encompassing all variations on the pop punk genre, Pink yet again serves up another snapshot of the flexible songwriting capabilities of Waterparks. Brimming with bright melodic verses and a synth laden breakdown thrown in for good measure, it further establishes the achievements and progress made by the band with the release of Cluster. Drawing the EP to a close, the anthemic No Capes is incredibly uplifting throughout its entirety. As the instrumentation remains impeccable throughout, every track demonstrates the energies which really draw the band together – something which really shows on the finished product.
Booked for both Slam Dunk and the Warped Tour back in the US this year, Waterparks will surely be a band racking up a number of miles while leaving a lasting impression on more than a few people’s summers with the joyful material found on Cluster. If the band can attract even more attention on the back of some high profile festival appearances, the follow up to Cluster will surely be both an inevitability and another pop punk gem.
An inventive and catchy EP which is all-encompassing of the pop punk genre from Texas-based Waterparks. Ahead of a summer packed full of shows, it's an exciting year for the band on the back of Cluster, an EP which delivers on so many levels.