US pop-punk rising stars Waterparks have been at the forefront of every pop-punkers mind over the last year or so after being backed and managed by Joel and Benji Madden of Good Charlotte fame. The trio are set to release hugely anticipated debut album Double Dare on November 4 via Easy Life Records. Luckily for you (and us!) Elizabeth Birt got her hands on the album prior to it’s release and below gives her views on the Pop Punk new boy’s debut…
Opening track Hawaii (Stay Awake) is quite different to their previous releases and sort of sees them tread slightly new water with a bit less of an electronic feel, however, it is a great opening track. Gloom Boys goes back to more familiar Waterparks territory (ignore the pun). The guitar work is light and upbeat throughout the track and the change in pace of the vocal melody keeps it fresh. It would have made more sense to have had Stupid For You as the opening track as it is the one closest to their previous records with it’s electronic base and catchy lyrics, it is certainly a song that will get stuck in your head for days on end and a true pop-punk anthem.
Take Her To The Moon is a very dancey track and a lot of fun to listen to. Powerless brings things down to a ballad-like, slow dance feel with really smooth vocals. It’s unusual to have a very serious and mellow song from Waterparks but it does suit them! That’s not to say they should give up their upbeat, catchy, fun tracks and go all Moose Blood on us, but the odd one works well and breaks up the album a bit. The trio are lucky as one of the lyrics in Little Violence says ‘maybe if we’re lucky, we’ll get a review’, well here’s your review lads! We’re back to acoustics with 21 Questions again showing off some very strong vocals. It’s in this track you can hear the vocal maturity in comparison to the Silver acoustic from Airplane Conversations.
Unlike most pop-punk bands, the trio have a very fresh sound with the dual vocals working well together and both sounding really strong. There’s a strong drum beat throughout the record and some great guitar work. At parts, the guitars are simple but it fits really well and allows the vocals to shine through more. You can hear influences from a range of genres throughout the album. This is a very strong debut full length and for those who have been living under a rock and not aware of the Texas based band, will see just exactly what the hype is all about!