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Album of the Week: Waterparks - Fandom

Houston’s finest next-gen pop-punk exports Waterparks, release their latest vibrant single, Easy To Hate. The single drops alongside their hotly anticipated third studio album, Fandom, an eclectic and enigmatic collection of songs, released via Hopeless Records (Oct 11th). Their dedicated fans have been eagerly awaiting the album, with the hashtag #FANDOM reaching the #1 trending topic spot on Twitter.

In celebration of the launch, Waterparks hit Europe for a headline tour throughout January and February, including two consecutive nights in London at the Electric Ballroom on the 1st & 2nd February.

This pitstop marks the third UK headline tour for Waterparks in three years, following a completely sold out run the first time they hit our shores. Having made their UK debut back in 2016 at the Camden Barfly, the band swiftly graduated to larger venues over the following years including Underworld (2017), KOKO (2018) and up next, their largest shows yet with two nights at Electric Ballroom. As well as their own tours, Waterparks have built up an immense fanbase from sharing the stage with the likes of All Time Low, Good Charlotte, Sleeping With Sirens & State Champs. The trio are no strangers to the festival circuit either, having played Reading and Leeds in both 2017 and 2018 (main stage), plus Slam Dunk Festival 2017 and 2019. 

Since their emergence in 2015, the trio (Awsten, Otto Wood and Geoff Wigington) have been showcasing their signature style that seamlessly slips-n-slides between rock, pop, and alternative. Influenced by bands like Blink 182, Fall Out Boy and Saves the Day, the group self-released a pair of EPs, 2012's Airplane Conversations and 2014's Black Light, followed by Cluster, which was issued in early 2016 and recorded with the help of producers Benji Madden (Good Charlotte, 5 Seconds of Summer) and Courtney Ballard (5 Seconds of Summer, All Time Low).

After spending the summer as part of the Warped Tour 2016, Waterparks unveiled their debut full-length, Double Dare, in November of 2016 which spawned the hit Stupid For You, generating over 16 million Spotify streams (and counting). They returned last year with Entertainment (#7 on Billboard's Top Alternative Albums chart), again produced by Benji Madden. Earlier this year, Waterparks released their track Turbulent which, within days, hit just shy of 2 million streams on Spotify!


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