Waterparks Isn't A Real Band. A Conspiracy Theory:
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Waterparks isn’t a real band. They are a manufactured plug-in to fill the void in the scene that catered predominately to the preteen/young teen girl audience. 5 seconds of summer had filled that void up until the end of 2015 when they fell off the face of the earth to take time for themselves and start on their third album, this is also when parts of their fanbase began weening themselves off to look for other bands to put their time into until they came back.
Waterparks was fully exposed when they were apart of the vans warped tour lineup last year. There is next to nothing about them before their warped tour performances. It is difficult to get your band on the warped lineup (if you’re in a band, you know that it isn’t the easiest thing to become apart of). Why was it almost *too* easy for them to get themselves on the lineup and to cultivate decent sized crowds during the tour? Some could argue talent, but is there more to it? Why was that tour, more or less, their debut as a band? And why are all three of them, from a marketing standpoint, so carefully crafted and sold in a way to cater to these young girls?
I’m going to focus solely on Geoff and Awsten here when speaking of images. Geoff’s personality is based in the foundation of being goofy and sensitive. He is the typical young guy that plays video games, loves pokémon, is obsessed with all things fantasy, and he wears a zelda necklace to drive that point home. He is arguably the sweetest member of the band when it comes to band/fan relationships and encounters. He supports and encourages fan art and talent. He makes sure that fans feel special and loved, and he is very sweet on his girlfriend on public social media platforms. He speaks both in person and on social media like a down to earth script for young girls.
Awsten, on the other hand, is the embodiment of that kawaii and quirky guy all these young girls fantasize about being with or being best friends with because he’s different! and funny! and his social media is very VERY young-driven to the point where he acts incredibly younger than just being an immature boy with a social media handle which goes with his constant yelling and caps lock. His dyed hair is just another addition to his image because it sets him apart and connects him to the fanbase because so many teen girls have colors in their hair (which isn’t negative in any way none of what i’m saying is derogatory towards young girls. i’m the biggest advocate for young girls. i’m just explaining a theory). and he wears colors, patterns, designs, and just overall outfits that are on trend for teens. Awsten Knight is the biggest selling point for the group- not just because he is the frontman. He is the manic pixie dream boy that sits very well with his name being spelled as “AWSTEN.” He is a con job manufactured to manipulate and capitalize off of young girls for the scene to make more money and gain popularity with that very valuable spot. Awsten Knight is a creation of many people. He was created in a board room.
Their music is the perfect blend of that pop-rock sound that has been missing from the scene for a long while now. They sound very similar to the neon pop-punk era that peaked between 2007-2011. The lyrics are very surface level, and they cater predominantly to a teen audience that they can relate to (this isn’t much of an indication of anything because many bands lyrics *can* be that way but it still stands here).
but everything from their marketing to their image to their brand to their album cover to their aesthetic to their stage presence and banter is driven to fill this void in the scene. I’ve also heard from a trustworthy friend that they don’t really allow new crew members (especially if they’re women) because the girlfriends aren’t comfortable with it. But, is this a coverup? Is it really because they don’t want anyone from the outside to get into the inner circle and figure out they aren’t a genuinely real band so they use the girlfriend excuse so it isn’t a bit off or strange? because if they didn’t they’d have the scares of being #exposed for what their true purpose is.
so yeah conspiracy theory thread: Waterparks is a manufactured band.