There’s a moment every now and then when a new band comes straight out of the blocks and produces something that is not only decent, but hugely addictive. Such is the feeling you get when you listen to Waterparks‘ debut EP, ‘Cluster’.
The Texan pop-punkers’ first foray after being signed by Equal Vision Records, ‘Cluster’ demonstrates their ability to combine hook-laden sensibilities with an overarching sense of sheer fun. Their humorous social media interactivity (check out some of their Twitter posts) relays perfectly to the style of music that they create, identifying with a very real punk vibe that courses its way through this EP.
The band have managed to grasp credible links with revered members of the pop-punk community on this EP (Mikey Way of My Chemical Romance played bass, and Good Charlotte‘s Benji Madden handled co-production duties), and you can undeniably hear the influences of these bands in their music. Likewise, snippets of Blink-182, The Used, and Fall Out Boy are identified at various points, and the core feeling that this is pure pop-punk at its finest is always at the forefront.
Lead single ‘Crave’ gets things started, showcasing a stadium-sized chorus that is riddled with bits of funky electronica and masses of melody, while ‘Territory’ has an abundance of odd vocal interplay which seamlessly plays into the mixture of groove, melody and sincerity during its 3-minute runtime. The seriousness levels increase greatly for ‘Mad All The Time’, which holds a darker, more angsty undertone running throughout the song. A song that seems to be written for much larger venues than the band are currently playing, the chorus will be stuck in your head for days after listening to this – wholeheartedly guaranteed.
‘Pink’ hangs heavily on the coattails of Good Charlotte and Bowling For Soup by combining simple power chords with an addictive pop-punk vocal attack. Again, this tracks break down in its mid-section with an odd mix of electronica before it reels the listener back into a broken down chorus that is full of groove and energy.
Highlight ‘No Capes’ demonstrates what happens when everything that makes pop-punk so enjoyable to listen to comes together in a fusion of sound. A driving guitar riff populates the verses and chorus, and is backed up with some truly emotive vocal harmonies distilling into what is a wonderfully anthemic vibe. This will surely be a massive hit with their live audience.
If you’re looking for music that is straight up fun, with an anthemic, pop-filled edge which makes you want to air guitar around a nightclub dancefloor, then ‘Cluster’ is what you need. Pop-punk hasn’t sounded this fresh and exciting for quite some time, so wind down your car windows and play this loud.
Written by Neil Criddle
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