Up until now I had been working on my project presentation and gradually adding to this post as I could. I presented yesterday and received a 95%! I am so happy with how everything turned out and I can’t wait to continue my blog for years to come. Now that my project is finished, I will be back to posting regularly!

If I have not shown it enough through my blog, I am a huge fan of Waterparks. When they released their new album I was expecting nothing but good things, and after listening to the album in all, I understand that good is a complete understatement.

 

“11:11”: This is one of my favorite songs on this album. I like how the first part of the verse is sort of choppy and then goes into a smooth progression of vocals. I enjoy the into/bridges between the chorus and the verses, the techno parts. I also really enjoy the chorus, it is something I find myself screaming at the top of my lungs each time I listen to this while driving to work. I also really like how the song ends on a softer note.

“Blonde”: Oh my guitars. I absolutely love the way that the guitars are featured in this song. I also really love the sound of the you’s in the choruses. I find this song getting stuck in my head quite frequently. I also want to take a second to highlight the part in this song where Awsten uses a harsher vocal, I think that it really adds to the punk vibe the song gives off.

“Peach (Lobotomy)”: The whistles at the beginning are really cute, and I think that the gradual addition of a harsher sound leading to the chorus is a really nice growth. I also like sound of the “let me go down” lines. I really enjoy this song.

“We Need to Talk”: I really think that this song is one of the most vulnerable ones that I have heard in a while. I think that the message behind it is strong and well thought out. I also like the softer sound and how it flows with the sound of the previous songs.

“Not Warriors”: This song really adds a story line to the album. I also find this song getting stuck in my head a lot. I like the chorus and how it has the backing vocals following the main vocals. I also like how the first verse was a softer feel and the second verse grows in intensity. I would definitely put this song on the same level as 11:11 for me. I also really enjoy the music video for this song as well!

“Lucky People”: When you mix this song with the video and the Awsten Knight puppy dog eyes, you’re lying if you say you don’t want to cry. I love the feel of this song and I also love the higher notes. I think that their soft feel does wonders for the song. I also love the progression of the acoustic guitar. I really like the “cupid sent me on a mission” line.

 

“Rare”: This song is 100% my favorite song on this album. I love the high notes in the chorus and the soft sound of the vocals mixed with the harsher sound of the guitars. I also really love the ending of the chorus. I really think it was a unique route to make the chorus sound softer and then end it with a harsher vocal. I think it definitely worked in the bands favor.

 

“TANTRUM”: This is one of the most unique Waterparks tunes I have ever heard, hell maybe one of the most unique songs I have ever heard, and I truly love it. I absolutely love the “We don’t know you, you don’t know we” line. I think that this song was incredibly pertinent to the band and I respect that immensely. I think that the idea with this song is incredible and the band put it together wonderfully. It is intense, it is raw, and it is fantastic.

“Crybaby”: This song is also incredibly unique and while it may not be my favorite song ever, this song proves just how good of a band Waterparks truly is. These guys know how to show diversity in their sound and that is something I think takes a band from just a band, to an artist.

“Sleep Alone”: I think I might get this one stuck in my head the most. I really enjoy the “You’re the blue print to my stupid sounds” line. I also really enjoy the flow from that to the chorus. Overall, I think that this song was a great way to end an album. It is a mix between the happy sound brought by tunes like Blonde and Peach, and the harsh sounds brought by songs like 11:11 and TANTRUM.

 

Album Rate: 9/10

  • I think that this album was incredibly well produced and thought out. I truly enjoy at least one part of each song, if not every song. I am absolutely thrilled with the quality of this album and I cannot wait to see some of these tunes performed live. If any of you have the chance to go to Warped tour this summer, take some time to catch these guys, and trust me you won’t regret it!

 

So throughout this project, I have had the opportunity to see many new and different venues. I am going to dedicate this post to giving a little insight into my favorite ones. So, in no particular order,

The Truman (Kansas City, MO) – I first went to this venue in October for the Motionless in White show. The venue was super cool, it looked like they had renovated an old auto-mechanic shop. The staff was super nice, it was really hot the day of that show and the staff brought out bottles of water for those waiting in line. I also saw a pick on the floor that night and at almost any other venue I have been to the guards would have ignored me if I had asked for it. Here I simply pointed to the pick hoping the guard would know what I meant and he used his flashlight to get it for me. This was one of my favorite venues yet.

The Granada (Lawrence, KS) – This is the venue I visit the most when it comes to shows. This place feels like home to me. I have seen a total of nine shows at this venue and I can’t wait to see more. The staff here are nice as well, even though sometimes the way they are with the VIP experiences is a little unorganized. The venue gives off a family vibe which I appreciate greatly. It also gives off a grungy feel which I think adds to the scene vibe all together. Overall, this is also one of my favorite venues due to how comfortable I am with it.

The Cotillion  (Wichita, KS) – This venue reminds me of the Granada, only slightly larger and a bigger stage. The venue is also rounded out, so the back of the stage is sort of a circle. I really can’t describe it any other way. The show I saw here was In This Moment and Motionless in White. I enjoyed all the tables they had at the back to go sit on and rest. I also enjoyed how simple it was, therefore there was little confusion.

The Bottleneck (Lawrence, KS) – I absolutely love the layout of this venue/bar. There are bleachers off to the side and booths at the top, there are a couple steps that lead down to the floor and a small stage. I enjoyed the openness of the venue with having the pool tables and such in the front. I saw The Wrecks here and enjoyed taking photographs here due to the fact that I could get great shots from anywhere!

 

I highly recommend these venues to any Kansas concert goers. I enjoy the staff, layouts, and sound quality of all of these venues. If any readers have any concert stories they would like to share, tweet me! @Natlindz !

 

Thank you for reading!