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On FANDOM, their debut album for Hopeless Records, the young men of Waterparks have dedicated themselves to being real. Awsten Knight, Geoff Wigington and Otto Wood have waded through the ocean of social media comments and navigated new responsibilities in their own personal lives to get to this point. And it truly is one to behold.

“There’s countless, amazing specifics in words,” Knight says about the writing and the sentiment behind the songs on FANDOM. “Really good writing comes from if you’ve actually experienced it so it’s genuine, but you’re also not holding anything back with it, and you’re also trying to word it in ways that haven’t been described to people before.”

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So exactly what inspires Knight to be so real? “I’m gonna be a little corny for a second,” he prefaces. “But really, the best shit comes from when you’re being that honest.”

The intrepid trio go filter-free in the new issue of AP, discussing the fate of the permanently shelved album Friendly Reminder and its marked influence on FANDOM; Wigington’s new responsibilities with fatherhood and sobriety; the meaning of the term “creatively calculated”; and Knight’s love/fear relationship with his fans and how it’s manifested in the music. 

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However you see Waterparks—God’s favorite boy band or material dudes—you’ll get the unvarnished honesty you’re probably not expecting. But you know that deep in your heart, you might need the attitude adjustment. You can read the full story by clicking here.    

ALSO IN NEXT MONTH’S WATERPARKS ISSUE:

Chris Conley, founder of flagship emo outfit SAVES THE DAY, reflects on the 20th anniversary of his band’s landmark album, Through Being Cool, while members of FALL OUT BOY, PIERCE THE VEIL and CRAIG OWENS come correct on what the album means to them. 

You remember TYLER POSEY from his stints on Teen Wolf and with the pop-punk trio PVMNTS. Now he’s coming at us fast, flanked by his BFF Kyle Murphy and Makeout drummer Scott Eckel, driving top speed up FIVE NORTH.

Spencer Charnas of ICE NINE KILLS talks up horror movies and wages war on cilantro in next month’s 10 TOPICS.

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Intergalactic goddess POPPY has returned to Earth to save us from our folly. But now she’s taken the form of a heavy-metal priestess cutting a swathe through a field of loud guitars and louder EDM beats.

Virginia’s TURNOVER found a time machine, spilled some coffee on the dial marked “Britain, 1987” and it blew up. But that didn’t stop the sounds of that era from imprinting on frontman Austin Getz’ creative psyche.  

In this year’s SONGS THAT SAVED MY LIFE special, we get testimonials from FRANK IERO, Dallon Weekes of iDKHOW, Adam Lazzara of TAKING BACK SUNDAY and more on the pieces of music that resonated with them and gave them the positive ambition to make their worlds (and later on, ours) better places.

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We’ve been down with international bright young chanteuse BISHOP BRIGGS for a while now and were positively stoked to speak with her in next month’s ALBUM ANATOMY about her sophomore release, Champion.

BADFLOWER singer Josh Katz tells a story of how a seemingly charmed life wasn’t all it was cracked up to be. His message is uncharacteristic of the nature of this column, but we’re still keeping the title IT GOT BETTER

We trace the effect Marvel movie soundtrack songs have in next month’s 10 ESSENTIAL; suggest 12 BANDS to freshen up your playlists; ponder our pop-punk past in AP ARCHIVES; and trawl (not troll) the net for quality fan art and live photos to make you smile. Why? Because we know you like cool shirts, cold rings, a big house and, naturally, nice things. Grab your issue here or below.