Turbulent – Waterparks (2019)

As most (if not all) of the Waterparks fandom knows, the pop-punk trio has returned with a new single. On Thursday, May 23rd, the boy’s debuted their first new music release in over a year. While there have been diss-tracks in the past, none of them stacks up to the feelings and emotions of ‘Turbulent’.

As Waterparks evolved over the last seven years, so has their music. While the core of the album has changed they all seem to consist the inclusion of a track filled with anger, rage, and centres around the theme of calling out the haters, those who’ve wronged them, as well as the way people have treated them over the band’s timeline. Black Light brought us ‘Easter Egg’, Double Dare gave us ‘Little Violence’, and Entertainment threw a ‘Tantrum’.

Turbulent’ is a plain as day fuck you song. It picks out one person from ‘Tantrum’ and rips them a new one. It’s telling someone about all the pain they caused, what they did to you mentally, as well as the result of the pain because of how little they cared about your feelings. Of all of the songs ‘Parx has released, this song has the most fuming tone to it.

The fast-paced and upbeat tempo pairs perfectly with Knight’s pain and anger-filled lyrics. While the song isn’t as aggressive sound-wise, this is the band’s most soul-bearing single to date. Don’t get me wrong, it is aggressive, but compared to their previous hits such as ‘Tantrum’ and ‘Little Violence’ its aggressive in a different way. It’s abundantly clear that anger is the driving force behind the creation, just instead of short and rough riffs. ‘Turbulent’ has a more melodic tone around the verses, as well as a more frenzied and fast-paced chorus.

Either way, Waterparks has once again hit it out of the ballpark with a new song. I highly recommend giving it a listen. The only thing I say is to be open with the new era. If the rest of the greener pastures era is similar to the first hit, then it will definitely be different. While the return of the sassiest little boy-band in Houston is exciting, to begin with, they brought along even more news to celebrate.

For the last year and a half, there have been some creative differences between the band members and their former record label Equal Vision. Waterparks have spoken out about their issues with the label and come to the conclusion they would like to be released from their contract. Waterparks have now signed on with Hopeless Records, where they feel they’ll be able to grow, prosper and continue to evolve both artistically as well as individually.


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