Knight took to Twitter with his guitar in hand to make Parx lovers and Beliebers everywhere swoon.
While the clip is less than 30 seconds long, it was a pretty beautiful cover. Check it out below.
— DANNY FANDOM (@awsten) September 2, 2019
Many fans in the comments loved his rendition but thought the post was initially to tease a new song from the band. See what they were posting on Twitter below.
I NEVER KNEW I NEEDED THIS UNTIL NOW WTF THANKU
— ⋆ rachel ⋆ (@racheIaIi) September 2, 2019
Make a cover of the whole song right now and I will replay it 20 times a day
— CiaraXGonzalez (@CiaraXGonzalez) September 2, 2019
POST THE “SWAG ON YOU” PART OF THE SONG I DARE YOU
— Dean 🦕🥪 | 11 | 26 | 46 | 81 | (@ryanbrobecks) September 2, 2019
tell me why i thought this was gonna be big time rush
— dream boy deja 55 | STREAM BRITTLE BONES NICKY (@dizzydizzydeja) September 2, 2019
WHAT THE FUCK WHY DIDNT I GET THSI NOTFICATON IM CEYEIGN
— cam ♡ 107! (@camrynrb) September 2, 2019
add this to the set list
— delfi (@notswarrior) September 2, 2019
i thought this would be a leak of a new song… real clown girl shit 🤡
— hannah (@2IQUESTIONS) September 2, 2019
Prior to the drop, Awsten Knight explained the backstory of the song on Twitter and how it’s about fan expectations of him.
“DREAM BOY IS ABOUT FAN EXPECTATIONS AND FEELING LIKE I’M CONSTANTLY BEING BUILT UP INTO SOMEONE/SOMETHING I CAN NEVER LIVE UP TO, WHICH WILL EVENTUALLY LEAD TO EVERYONE BEING DISAPPOINTED,” he wrote.
“AND THERE’S ABSOLUTELY PRESSURE BEHIND THAT; WHEN A LARGE GROUP OF PEOPLE KNOW ABOUT 5-10% OF YOU AND STILL PUSH THEIR UNSOLICITED IDEAS OF WHO YOU ARE ONTO YOUR CHARACTER, CHERRY PICKING WHAT THEY WANT TO SEE OR HOW THEY FEEL IRL AND (PROBABLY SUBCONSCIOUSLY) APPLY IT TO ME,” he continued. “AND IT ALMOST CREATES A KIND OF GUILT BEHIND BEHIND YOURSELF BECAUSE IN A WAY YOU’RE LETTING PEOPLE DOWN, EVEN THOUGH YOU KNOW IT’S NOT YOUR FAULT THEY BUILT YOU THIS WAY IN THEIR HEADS.”
DREAM BOY EXPLANATION. SAW SOME BACK AND FORTH ABOUT IT AND DECIDED TO GIVE YALL THIS ONE.
— DANNY FANDOM (@awsten) August 19, 2019
Now, the band have dropped the full video for the track that’s complete with a talking hand, a flamethrower and a body bag. It was directed by Knight.
Knight is seen singing on the roof of a red car as it drives (thanks to a low-budget green screen) down the street with Geoff Wigington and Otto Wood driving. The whole thing just looks like some kind of distorted fever dream. You just will have to watch it yourself to try to understand what’s going on, and you can do that below.
Waterparks recently announced tour dates for Fandom. Grab your tickets here and check out the dates below.
11/15 – Atlanta, GA @ Buckhead Theatre
11/16 – Charleston, SC @ The Music Farm
11/17 – Tampa, FL @ The Orpheum
11/19 – Charlotte, NC @ The Fillmore Charlotte
11/20 – Philadelphia, PA @ Theatre of the Living Arts
11/22 – Reading, PA @ Reverb
11/23 – Baltimore, MD @ Baltimore Soundstage
11/25 – New York, NY @ Webster Hall
11/26 – Boston, MA @ Paradise Rock Club
11/29 – Chicago, IL @ Vic Theatre
11/30 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Rex Theater
12/01 – Cincinnati, OH @ Bogart’s
12/03 – Detroit, MI @ Saint Andrew’s Hall
12/04 – Cleveland, OH @ House of Blues Cleveland
12/06 – Minneapolis, MN @ Varsity Theater
12/07 – Kansas City, MO @ The Truman
12/08 – Denver, CO @ Summit Music Hall
12/10 – Salt Lake City, UT @ The Depot
12/13 – Seattle, WA @ El Corazon
12/15 – Portland, OR @ Wonder Ballroom
12/16 – San Francisco, CA @ The Regency Ballroom
12/17 – Anaheim, CA @ House of Blues Anaheim
12/18 – Phoenix, AZ @ Crescent Ballroom
12/20 – San Antonio, TX @ The Aztec Theatre
12/21 – Dallas, TX @ House of Blues Dallas
12/23 – Houston, TX @ Warehouse Live
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