I recently saw a meme about genres of pop-punk and emo music. It suggested the idea of “neon emo”. Who else could showcase this better than Waterparks?
And, no, I don’t just say that because of Awsten Knight’s luminant hair. Neon emo also includes sounds like new All Time Low and probably even 5 Seconds of Summer if you really wanted to argue the semantics. Neon emo is that bright vocal-led and deeply energetic music that still makes you want to cry in a moshpit sometimes.
Waterparks has called themselves “God’s favorite boyband”, so maybe that’s another way of thinking about it.