This week is a rocking Follow Friday, and starting us off is the Texan pop-rock trio, Waterparks. Just like citrus, Waterparks’ sour, biting lyrics contrast with their syrupy-sweet melodies. The band is a fan of color — something that is apparent if you give their music videos a watch, or just take a look at Awsten Knight’s iconic neon hair.
I really don’t want to sound dramatic or manic but I feel things in extremes almost exclusively. I’m all about shiny stuff. I get the appeal of saying gritty stuff or sounding grungy but I just like color… I’ve given up on telling people who we are or what we’re like. I want to be more than a pop punk band.
Awsten Knight, NME
After a false start — an unreleased album called friendly reminder —Waterparks have recently released their third album, FANDOM. To hear their latest tracks live, be sure to head over to their official website for ticket information.
Waterparks bring it with Ernie Ball Skinny Top Heavy Bottom Slinkys.
Give Waterparks‘ latest, FANDOM, a listen down below.
Based out of Nashville, we have our next trio, Future Thieves. Their indie-rock — seasoned with more than a splash of ’80s new wave influence — is nostalgic while remaining perfectly modern. Their latest release, Emotional Cost, comes from a brand new perspective.
This summer, I remember vividly, we were sitting outside, and we were like, ‘You know what? Something we haven’t done in a while is go back to basics, strip everything back, and do something really organic.’ I mean, obviously there are some new songs on the record that sound pretty big and produced, but their origin, and their melodies, come from a very stripped back place.
Elliot Collett, American Songwriter
Emotional Cost is a compact thrill ride. While it only lasts 18 minutes, you will be wishing that it never ended. If you find yourself craving more Future Thieves, head to their official website to pick up tickets to a show near you.
Listen to Emotional Cost by Future Thieves below.
We are three for three on trios this week, with our next being the Boston-based Potty Mouth! This all-girl group is full of passion, bringing exciting pop-punk tunes without fail. Their distorted guitar riffs are harmonically complemented by their angsty, yet precise vocals.
I feel like this album represents looking towards the future, for me it’s like a new beginning for us. Maybe that sounds kind of corny, but the last few years of not releasing music have felt hard for us, as creatives, as people who love doing this; we love doing this. We love playing music. We love being on tour, so it was hard to feel slowed down, to me what this album represents it looking toward the future rather than dwelling on the past and I’m just so proud that we’ve been a band for as long as we have.
Ally Einbinder, The Young Folks
In the above quote, Einbinder is talking about their latest album, SNAFU. Since then, Potty Mouth has released another new single, “Favorite Food.” You can listen to both down below, or hear them live by hunting down tickets from their official website.
The Jacks are classic dudes. Hearkening back to old-school rock ‘n’ roll with their modern twist, their sound is all-too-familiar while being new. Bursting with confidence, this group is fully prepared to revive guitar-driven music in the music world.
When it comes to playing rock & roll with a heavy influence from the British Invasion of the ‘60s and ‘70s mixed with Southern Rock, The Jacks simply don’t have a choice. ‘It’s what we listen to, it’s what we play,’ bassist Scott Stone says, ‘and when you stick four guys like us in a garage with instruments, it’s just the kind of music we are going to make.’
Though a full-length album is still on the horizon for The Jacks, there is plenty to listen to. Their latest single, “Olivia,” released this month, accompanying their other singles and EPs. If you want to hear what they have got, check out their official website.
Check out the best of The Jacks down below.
Lowlives is here to save us from modern monotony. With their blazing fast riffs, this Los Angeles-based rock and roll band borders on heavy rock with their tunes. Lowlives are prepared to make music “noisy, obnoxious, and exciting again.”
A scabrous but uplifting snapshot of a new band hitting their stride at full pelt, it’s an invigorating alternative to the modern era’s endless tsunami of cookie cutter, cut ‘n’ paste rock and metal. Most of all, it’s loud, gnarly, in-your-face and beautifully, brutally imperfect. As their EP’s furious title track insists, LOWLIVES fully intend to burn forever.
Their in-your-face approach to music is one that is refreshing. You can hear it on their two EPs, Burn Forever, which is alluded to above, and their latest, Hey You. You can hear both below. Or, you can hear them live if you head to their official website.
Lowlives tear through Ernie Ball Burly Slinkys.
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