Waterparks makes waves on first headlining tour

Charlotte Bachelor, Staff Writer

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  Houston based, three-piece pop-punk band Waterparks are making a huge statement with their first headlining tour. The tour, which features supporting acts Too Close To Touch, Creeper, and Chapel (on select dates), managed to sell out a whopping fourteen venues. This includes the date I attended, at DIME Underground on February 25. For those unfamiliar, DIME Underground is the basement venue for the Detroit Institute of Music Education which is located in downtown Detroit on Griswold. The 150-person venue was filled to the brim that night, as seen by the line stretching around the block hours before doors even opened. Some especially eager fans arrived at nine in the morning just to get a spot up front.

  Unlike many small shows I have attended, this one did not feature any local opening acts. Which was refreshing because it allowed the show to have a better flow. Creeper was the first band of the night. They are a horror-punk band from Southampton, England. They played a brief, seven-song set which included “VCR”, “Valentine”, “The Honeymoon Suite”, “Black Mass”, “Suzanne”, “Hiding with Boys”, and “Misery”. I was immensely impressed with their performance because they are a part of an elite group of musicians that can effortlessly encapsulate the sound of an older genre. Vocalist, Will Gould has a voice that is very reminiscent of David Bowie. Creeper is one of the bands that are silently bringing back punk in a way that’s never been seen before. They have an amazing stage presence, and this is a band that’s going to be doing great things.

  Next up was co-headliner Too Close To Touch from Lexington, Kentucky. The crowd response to TCTT was incredible, which made their set much more enjoyable. Their extended setlist included “Sympathy”, “Miss your face”, “What I Wish I Could Forget”, “Until I Collapse”, “Hell To Pay”, “The Art of Eye Contact”, “What a Shame”, “Someday/Perfect World”, “Nerve Endings”, “Crooked Smile”, and the very touching and emotionally charged, “Eiley”. The use of lights to emphasize the various moods of each song was a nice touch during the set. Vocalist, Keaton Pierce is a treat to hear live with his dynamic vocal range, which includes gut-wrenching screams, and soaring high notes.

 To end the night off on a high note, Waterparks performed. For a band playing smaller clubs, on a headlining tour, they looked like old pros on stage. They kept the energy high for their hour-long set; and frontman Awsten Knight took the time to interact with the crowd using the band’s brand of offbeat humor. The band had a setlist that combined classics with new favorites. The setlist included: “Made in America”, “Hawaii (Stay Awake)”, “Crave”, “Stupid For You”, “Gloom Boys”, “Mad All the Time”, “21 Questions”, “I’m a Natural Blue” (aka the crowdsurfing song), “Dizzy”, and “Royal”. By creating a setlist that included songs from their new album and most recent two EP’s, they kept the show interesting for both old and new fans.  Like the bands that preceded them, Waterparks made great use of the lighting to enhance the mood of the song that they played. Probably the best example of this were the various shades of blue that painted the walls during “I’m a Natural Blue”.

  As this tour wraps up in the next couple weeks, I would recommend to anyone interested in these bands to check them out on future tour and festival dates. Waterparks will be touring the UK and US as support for All Time Low in the spring and summer. Creeper will be releasing their debut album on March 24 via Roadrunner records. With Warped Tour dates being announced in the next few weeks, we might be seeing Creeper and Too Close To Touch announced as bands playing the festival. All in all, this was a great tour and definitely showed that Waterparks has the potential to break into the mainstream.

 

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