REVIEW + PHOTOS: WATERPARKS & SLEEP ON IT @ THE HAWTHORNE THEATER, NOVEMBER 13 2017
Written by Tariq Abdellatif on November 15, 2017
Waterparks (top photo) & Sleep On It (bottom photo)
FFO: Neck Deep, Too Close To Touch, All Time Low, Set It Off, Sleeping With Sirens
Waterparks stopped by Portland’s Hawthorne Theater on their Made In America Tour earlier this week. This was an all ages event brought to you by Mike Thrasher Presents. Sleep On It, Chapel and As It Is were the opening bands for this event.
Sleep On It was the first band to come out onto the stage which surprised me a little I thought they would be directly before the headliners. Everyone was still stuck outside in line trying to get inside so they performed for a somewhat small crowd since it was as early as 6:30 when they started performing. I was able to catch a very important moment however, during the last three songs the lead singer suggested everyone put their phones away to enjoy the moment they were all having. I personally am indifferent with this since I’m taking photos with my DSLR but I can completely understand and respect living in the moment, especially at a concert.
Chapel and As It Is performed next respectively and were able to get the crowd riled up for the pop punk fun that was about to come.
Waterparks is a band where I’m reminded of everything that I loved about pop-punk when I was “that” age. Their album Double Dare is not a “cool” record because in a world where rock music isn’t hip, pop-punk gets even less respect, but it’s an effortlessly good record full of songs that are catchy and hit some real solid emotional beats if you go along with it. Waterparks delivers those songs very well live, be it the acoustic buildup and tension release of “21 Questions” or the big-league-sounding chorus in “Royal.”
Overall it was a fun crowd surfing, pop punk filled night that every age group that attended is for sure to remember.