A next-gen pop-punk trio based out of Houston, Texas, Waterparks formed in 2011 around the talents of Awsten Knight, Geoff Wigington, and Otto Wood. 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, before inking a deal with Albany, New York-based indie Equal Vision. Their debut EP for the label, Cluster, 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, Waterparks unveiled their debut full-length, Double Dare, in November of 2016. They returned in 2018 with another Benji Madden-produced full-length, Entertainment, which featured the singles "Blonde," "Lucky People," and "Not Warriors." The album debuted at number seven on Billboard's Top Alternative Albums chart. ~ James Christopher Monger
- Houston, TX