The Vans Warped Tour 2016 interviews with Waterparks
The Vans Warped Tour has spun to its glorious conclusion, and one band many are destined to remember is the pop punk trio who go by the name of Waterparks. Performing songs from their recently released EP Crave on Equal Visions Records, Waterparks not only play wildly infectious tunes, but they have – shall we say – a highly warped sense of humor that really makes you stand up and take notice. Highwire Daze chatted with Awsten, Geoff and Otto at the Pomona Fairplex just right after their blistering set on the Cyclops Stage. Get ready for a wild ride through the diabolical minds of Waterparks…
Introduce yourself and tell me what you do in Waterparks…
Awsten: Hello I’m Awsten. I sing and play guitar in Waterparks, Korn and The Beach Boys and all of your dad’s favorite bands.
Otto: My name is Otto. I play the drums and sing a little bit in Waterparks.
Geoff: My name is Geoff. I play guitar and I sing just the slightest bit in Waterparks. I also jump around a lot.
How’s Warped Tour been going so far and what have been some of the highlights?
Awsten: My favorite part was eating all of the exotic flowers around the U.S. I’m eyeing those bad boys over there. They all taste different. The Minnesotan blossom bites were my favorite. They’re like a light blue. They kind of look like bluebonnets back in Texas but it’s a felony to pick those. I go by felony Steve but I don’t do actual felonies. I’d say the cuisines. The fair cuisines.
Geoff: This year’s Warped Tour has a lot of memorable bands from when I was growing up. I’ve been getting to meet some of them and watching them every day has been awesome. And meeting all the people who like our music around the country.
Anything to add to that?
Otto: Not really.
Select two songs from the Cluster EP, what inspired the lyrics?
Awsten: Pink, I wrote about HGB Orange Juice, it’s a store I really love. No Capes is about a period where – summer time. I think I was 14, maybe. I would only wear socks so I couldn’t leave the house legally. I connected really well with my parents that summer.
If you guys could tour with any band, now or from the past who and why?
Any reason why?
Otto: I would say Missy Misdemeanor Elliott and I’d be a jabberwocky.
Geoff: I’d say Britney Spears because she’s been a big inspiration. I think we can all agree on that.
Awsten: I’ll never agree with you.
If Britney Spears invited you guys to leave Waterparks and join her band, what would you do?
Awsten and Geoff: Yes.
Otto: I mean, I kind of wouldn’t have an option at that point if Awsten or Geoff left.
Geoff: My stage name would be Geoff Leppard for Britney Spears.
Awsten: And you’d only wear socks.
Geoff: Only socks.
If your music was a donut, what kind would it be and why?
Awsten: OK it would be a shit donut. A shit demon donut. Like bacon on a weegie board and only little kids are allowed to eat it.
Otto: It’d be death by chocolate because it’d be really sweet but it would kill you.
Geoff: It would be a glazed donut with strawberries and whipped cream in the center of it.
Which member of Waterparks would look hottest in a dress?
Awsten: Otto. The thing is, he’s a little shit head and he eats chocolate and chicken all day but he still has the best abs. He can fuck himself, but he’d look best in whatever.
Geoff: I agree.
Awsten: I agree with Geoff’s agreeing.
Otto: I love seeing happy endings come to fruition. I love seeing resolution and also thank you.
Awsten: A nice piece of fruit.
There was one band on stage complaining about all the rock stars here at Warped Tour. How big of a rock star do you think you are?
Awsten: Here we go baby. #1 top of the world, air humping.
Otto: Egotistical answer, incoming. Brace yourself, this is not a drill.
Awsten: Incoming, best band, fuck everyone but us. We’re #1, best album in the universe. Zaggy B with the white jeans rollin through, having sex with your friends and parents and eating all the nice flowers in your hood. What up.
What’s up next for Waterparks after Warped Tour?
Awsten: Releasing the best fucking album and going to play festivals and shit in Europe because God damn we’re so cool and we’re all 14, youngest band at the festival.
Do you have any messages for Waterparks fans who are reading this now?
Awsten: Bring me go-gurt. Bring Otto chocolate grahams from Starbucks. Bring Geoff diapers and socks and candles. Bring me candles.
Otto: That pretty much covers the gamut of it. Nailed it, Awsten.
Geoff: Bring me all your Pokemon.
Awsten: Get a really nice picture of me and photoshop it gold and put it in a frame, then bring it to me. I’m gonna tape it in Otto’s bunk so he can just look at all these gold framed of pictures of me all the time. You’ve gotta keep them there too, because people made them and I’ll tell them if you take it down.
Otto: Quick follow up, bring me a night mask.
(Interview and Band Photo by Ken Morton – Live Photos by Jack Lue)