The prodigies of Good Charlotte‘s Madden twins Waterparks are due to release their debut full-length next month and after the year they’ve had, Double Dare looks to be the next step to major success for them. Frontman Awsten Knight said of the record “It’s just more. Everything about it is expanded and bigger.” and “There are songs that have elements of jazz, hip-hip, pop, indie, electronic, punk.” He couldn’t be more correct: the record is the best the band have produced to date and is easily the most diverse collection in their catalogue.
Interestingly, Take Her To The Moon would fit into any club’s playlist seamlessly with its bouncy beat and layered harmony vocals. The verses do everything but beg for a dancing reaction and there is no doubt that’s what it will get when aired out on stage by the band in the coming months. The title “Double Dare” is actually taken from the lyrics of this track too, so it seems they put a particular emphasis on it.
On the other hand, Little Violence is a classy punk rock track the whole way through. The track has huge layers in the vocals at various points through the melodic lines and has a tapping electronic melody playing behind all the overdriven rhythm section. The multiple elements all constituting the music of the piece fit together to make a rough and ready overall feel to back-up the lyrics.
The standout track from Double Dare however is 21 Questions, which starts as an acoustic track with cleverly-written lyrics. The track shows off the purity and clarity of Awsten’s tone as well as the writing ability on display. The verses and choruses progress to a sudden development into a huge band ending that gives the track a giant substance to lead into the other standout tracks It Follows and Plum Island.
Other notable mentions go to Stupid For You and Royal for being so incredibly catchy and for summing up what Waterparks and Double Dare are in a short period of time, and Little Violence for showing how they can pack such a serious punch though. It is normally cliched when it is said an album has many “best tracks”, but there are literally only one or two that definitely would not make the cut: Waterparks have done a superb job on the songs.
Overall, this is a release that is likely to grab a load of new fans but by no means is it a change in direction for Waterparks. Double Dare augments everything fans of the band have loved for so long now and has become thirteen of the best tracks the band have put out to date. There is an even more outlandish attitude to their writing and instrumentation than even on the Cluster EP on this record, and it suits the three-piece to a T.