Remembering 2022 – Waterparks // Bad Suns // Phem // Live Review // The O2 Institute // Birmingham
After a long, busy day, I was finally able to do something I enjoy. That being heading to the o2 Academy in Birmingham for another night of live music and photography. The night’s show was the rescheduled Waterparks headline show with support from Phem and Bad Suns.
Opening the night was Phem, one of the many new wave Indie artists taking the music world by storm. While the crowd took a moment to liven up, it wasn’t long till everyone was dancing along to the incredibly catchy songs filling the air. Playing a set filled with catchy chorus’ and bop-filled verses, Phem played a great set that set a high bar for the rest of the bands to come.
Up next were Bad Suns, the American Indie/rock 4 piece. With ease, Bad Suns offered a great, tight set that showed exactly how strong their songwriting is. Frontman Christo Bowman easily stole the show though with his great stage presence and truly was the highlight of the set. Despite the band’s sound really not being for me, I found myself just enjoying the performance regardless of my personal taste which shows just how good the set was.
The final band for the night were Waterparks. Within seconds of the lights dimming, the crowd let out one of the biggest cheers I’ve ever heard before a band even plays a note. It wasn’t long until the band performed one of the tightest, visually impressive shows I’ve seen in years. Awsten Knight especially deserves special mention, it’s rare I’m in awe of just how great a frontman someone is but the energy, love and charisma were radiating from him the entire set. An incredibly tight and catchy set.
After the set ended, I headed for the bus and just took in another night of great live music. There’s truly nothing like it.
Waterparks enter their highly-anticipated new era with its lead single, ‘FUNERAL GREY’,their debut release on Fueled By Ramen. The vibrant track is out now alongside the official video, directed by Awsten Knight himself and Erik Rojas (24kGoldn, Rich Brian, Chase Atlantic), featuring Awsten’s signature new hair colour that saturates the song’s visuals.
Its infectious guitar riff and Awsten’s bright, energetic vocals, culminate in a summer anthem. The track’s playful and clever lyricism chronicle the pursuit of a girl at a party he deems his “next mistake”, complete with cleverly-crafted imagery and an iconic Kim Possible reference. ‘FUNERAL GREY’ has been heavily teased on socials over the last month and reached the #1 Trending Topic on Twitter in the US.
WATERPARKS – ‘FUNERAL GREY’ (Official Music Video)
The band tours the UK next month on their rescheduled ‘See You In The Future’ tour, full dates below:
Waterparks, composed of Awsten Knight [vocals, guitar], Otto Wood [drums], and Geoff Wigington [guitar]—manically move forward, shucking and jiving between fits of rock, alternative, electronic with pop ambition and hip-hop’s bold and blatant disregard for the rules.
The Houston trio has landed the covers of Kerrang!, Rock Sound, Upset, Alternative Press, V Magazineand more and have garnered support from Spotify, Apple Music, and Amazon Music, finding themselves on numerous New Music Fridays and countless rock/alt playlists. The band has also topped the Billboard 200 chart. Waterparks’ unique and genre-blending sound puts them in a lane all their own, melding rock, pop, hip-hop, alternative, indie, electronic, and even R&B.