"It's the next step towards turning us into Coldplay. Now we cry more and our songs sound like bigger rock songs..." - hmv.com talks to Waterparks
We spoke to pop-punkers Waterparks and their frontman Awsten Knight about new album Entertainment...
When did you start putting together the songs for Entertainment?
"'Rare' and 'Crybaby' had older versions that were written but not completely ready yet and were rewritten for Entertainment, but the bulk of it started in January 2017 starting with 'We Need To Talk' and 'Sleep Alone'. "
How did you want this album to move on from Double Dare?
"I wanted to take the next step towards turning us into Coldplay. Now we cry more and our songs sound like bigger rock songs and it’s tight."
What kind of album is this lyrically? Do you think there’s a theme running through it?
"The concept or theme is really just my life in 2017 from January to like May; a lot went on for me during that time, especially mentally and so it’s primarily about obsession and being bitter/hurt. I swear I’m fun at parties..."
Which song on the album took the longest to get right?
"I guess technically 'Rare' since I had the first version of it done in like 2014 but I wasn’t actively working on it that whole time."
And which came together most quickly?
"'Lucky People' was done in like 20 minutes. I just made that song for a girl and didn’t plan on it being Waterparks but Joel (Madden, manager and Good Charlotte frontman) heard it and was like “This is the biggest chorus you've written!” and I was like “S**t ok” and we used it."
When did you settle on Entertainment for the title? Were any other titles in contention?
"There were other potential titles, I actually filled a lot of pages in one of my notebooks with potential titles. I planned on calling it Envy for a long time but Entertainment was way more iconic and fitting so I loved it."
How’s your live set coming together? You must be excited to play all the new songs...
"I'm beyond ready! I just made a mock setlist in my phone and I’m geeking out over it. As a fan, like holy s**t, I wish I could watch us play this set from the crowd!"