• Artist: Waterparks
  • Release Type: Single
  • Release: 26/05/24
  • Rating: ★★★★☆

I absolutely loved “SOULSUCKER” by Waterparks. The band’s new track sums up the emotional turmoil and existential musings that have become their signature style. Also, Awsten Knight’s raw and candid lyricism strikes a deep chord, reflecting on themes of fear, failure, and self-worth.

The first verse, “We never made it out of the loft, let alone the property / ‘Cause Awsten’s scared of fucking failing / And you’re just scared to leave,” creates a somber tone. Also, it speaks to the paralysis that often accompanies fear of failure.

The chorus, “It’s been a pleasure, it’s nice to meet you,” stands out like a mantra, juxtaposing the mundane politeness of a greeting with the deeper, underlying pain of the verses. It feels like a coping mechanism and a way to mask the deeper issues with a veneer of normalcy.

Destructive Relationships

In the second verse, Knight sings, “One of us will end up hurt / But you can call me St*rfucker / You carry guilt, you carry shame / I know the weight.” These lines delve into the destructive aspects of relationships and self-perception. “St*rfucker” seems to suggest a persona that embraces chaos.

There is a striking visual which appears in the mind in “Asleep in the dark in the back of the deep end, I’ve been living on a 12 month weekend, I’m the little bit of hell that leaked in”. Moreover, there is a visual of struggle internally, living in a state of suspended reality. It is here where time is blurred and existence is a perpetual loop of suffering.

Finally, the outro, “That’s addition by subtraction,” leaves a lasting impact. It suggests that sometimes, the best way to move forward is by letting go, even if it feels like a loss. This line is a poignant conclusion to the song’s exploration of pain, healing, and the complicated process of self-acceptance.

So, wait no longer! You can take a listen to “SOULSUCKER” by Waterparks here.

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Becky Anderson