American rockers Waterparks are making waves in the music industry with their catchy pop-punk tunes and energetic live performances. Having supported their idols Good Charlotte, the trio are now headlining at international music festivals and performing on their own world tours. Waterparks tour dates usually sell out quickly, so book tickets now to see this band live.
Gage Matthieu and Awsten Knight founded Waterparks with friends Otto Wood, Geoff Wigington and Owen Marvin in Houston, Texas, in 2011. The band self-released their first two singles, "I Was Hiding Under Your Porch Because I Love You" and "Silver," later that same year.
In April 2012, Waterparks self-released their first EP, Airplane Conversations. Four months later, they played their first show at Warehouse Live with Knight on lead vocals and guitar, Wigington on backing vocals and guitar, Matthieu on bass guitar, and Marvin and Wood on drums. Since then, the group's line up has undergone several changes, with Matthieu and Marvin leaving the band for new pastures.
After supporting pop singer Aaron Carter on the Houston date of his After Party Tour, Waterparks self-released their third single, "New Wave," in July 2013. A month later, they played the Houston dates of the Vans Warped Tour. After a short break in releases, they dropped their eagerly anticipated second EP, Black Light, in June 2014.
In November 2015, the band signed to record label Equal Vision Records after sending the video for their song "I'm a Natural Blue" to several record labels. They also signed to a management deal with Good Charlotte's Benji and Joel Madden. Later that same month, the band released the single, "Crave," and opened for Good Charlotte at their reunion show at the Troubadour in West Hollywood, California.
In January 2016, Waterparks released their third EP, Cluster, and supported rock band Never Shout Never on their Black Cat Tour. The band also released three singles, "Stupid For You," "Hawaii (Stay Awake)" and "Royal," ahead of their debut studio album, Double Dare, in November 2016. Prior to releasing the album, the band performed across the U.S. on the Vans Warped Tour and supported post-hardcore rockers Sleeping With Sirens on their End the Madness Tour.
Waterparks embarked on their debut headline tour with rock band Too Close to Touch in February 2017. Immediately following the tour, the group hit the road to support pop-punk artists All Time Low and headline a series of shows in the U.K. and Germany. In November 2017, they embarked on their headline tour of the U.S., the Made in America Tour, with support from Chapel, As It Is and Sleep On It.
Waterparks' noteworthy awards
Waterparks won the Best Breakthrough Artist award at the 2017 Alternative Press Music Awards.