Far from struggling for new stories to tell, in fact, album four is – brace yourselves – Waterparks’ longest release so far.
“I was going through other albums the other day, just other people’s stuff, and writing down the lengths next to it,” the frontman smiles. “It’s got the longest tracklist and longest run time that we’ve ever done, although it’s still pretty average in the grand scheme of things. Some of the songs are two minutes!”
Very soon, Awsten will be able to finally hear this laboriously pieced-together recording – transitions and all – in full. Until then, though, he acknowledges that he’s “too close” to the project for any kind of reflecting on it just yet. “I’m still too in it,” he says, “and I’m too tunnel-vision that I can’t really mentally see the bigger picture or look around too much.”
Hopping off the sofa and starting to pace around the studio, he ponders what fans will make of Waterparks’ upcoming full-length.
“I’m glad we’ve set the bar and the expectation of, ‘Hey, we’re going to make all kinds of weird shit, and shit that you’re not going to expect,’” he grins. “We’ve opened the door to be able to do anything, and my only hope is that people don’t go into it expecting too much of one thing, because they will never, ever, ever be right. Here’s the thing: I know it’s great, and I hope they’re willing to just take it in as music and not, ‘This is what I want from Waterparks.’
“As long as the approach is to appreciate it and hear it for what it is,” Awsten concludes, “then I think they’re gonna fucking love it.”
Waterparks’ fourth album is due for release… soon. Catch the band on tour in the UK and Europe this summer.
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