Sneaky Peaches and The Fuzz Drop New Single “Waterpark”
One day, while scrolling through my Discover Weekley on Spotify, I came across a group with a name that stopped me in my tracks and a sound that grasped my ears and wouldn’t let go. Their name? Sneaky Peaches and the Fuzz. Their sound? Impossible to describe in words, but reminiscent of old-school psychedelia mixed with modern rock and pop-punk.
Both in name and in sound: this group is an eclectic mix of all the greatest things about Rock&Roll. Based out of Austin, TX, their first EP “Bad Boys” was released in 2020 and featured everything from groovy slow tracks to hard-hitting emotional ballads.
After a little bit of wait, they are back, and back with a bang. Their latest single, “Waterpark”, released on May 11 of this year, is indie rock in its purest and best form. A hard-hitting and introspective anthem that is a true testament to the 21st-century relationship, this track has absolutely everything: let’s break it down.
“Waterpark” doesn’t even bother to start slow. It gets going hard and fast from the outset, with an aggressive and fast-paced rolling drum beat paired with simple yet powerful guitar chords. The strum pattern is quite simple, giving this track more of a pop vibe.
A teasing descending guitar lick takes us into the chill first verse. The drums cut out and we’re left with nothing but echoey guitar chords and crooning vocals that sound like they were pulled straight off an emo album. The reverb is turned up to 11, giving the whole verse an ethereal tone reminiscent of Hendrix and Jefferson Airplane. The lyrics are pure poetry right from the start, with lines such as“You and I, we’re swimming right in circles blinded by the thought of losing pace.”
The English nerd in me could go on and on about the use of water metaphor in relation to the title “Waterpark”, but you don’t need an English degree to acknowledge masterful wordplay at work. The drums come in in the second part of the verse, leading into the anthemic payoff of the chorus.
This chorus is an absolute masterpiece, it’s punchy, it’s dynamic and I never want it to end. I’ll start with the lyrics, which are simple yet gutwrenchingly beautiful. The chorus cries out:
“You say that you love me but you don’t. You love the things I do for you, like take you to the waterpark”
The artistry here comes from just how colloquial and conversational the words are. In contrast to the verses, which relied on metaphor, the chorus is blunt. This brutal honesty is impossible not to love. The punchy words are accompanied by an equally punchy backing track. The roll drumbeat from the intro returns, as do the spacy guitar chords, creating a perfect mix of atmospheric ambiance and fast-paced rock. The chorus outro features a reiteration of the melody but this time in the form of a guitar solo, reinforcing the main hook in a new yet familiar way.
The second verse is quite similar to the verse, featuring clever similes and allusions to water such as the use of the term “Surface Tension” to describe a relationship. Although the first two verses are similar, the second verse is more intense, lyrically and musically. The melody shifts to a frustrated outcry, featuring more direct assertions such as “I can’t stay long.”
The second chorus is the same as the first, but the real magic of “Waterpark” comes in the form of the bridge. It starts as another rendition of the chorus, but this time without the echoey guitars, so it’s just vocals and drums. This part feels stripped-down yet still anthemic. Then, after a brief moment of chilling silence, a faint countdown occurs in the background, which explodes into a mix of the bridge and the final chorus. The words from the chorus are the same, but the vocals are much higher in range, and begin to break, giving this section a truly heartbreaking feel. The vibey chords and punchy drums are turned up to 10,000. The rhythm of the melody also becomes broken and choppy, as if the singer is losing control over their own emotions.
The track ends with one more repetition of the mainline “You say you love me but you don’t”, followed by an old school 60s style fade to nothing that leaves the melody stuck in your head forever. If this track isn’t already on loop on your phone, it will be in your brain.
Whether you’re a rock fanatic looking to be reminded of a better time in music, or a pop fan looking for a good time, or a poet looking to study songcraft, “Waterpark” has it all. This track feels like the best mix of 70s psychedelia, modern pop, and 2000s punk and emo. It’s raw. It’s emotional. It’s punchy. It’s poetic. It’s an entire vibe. I guarantee that Sneaky Peaches and the Fuzz, both with their name and their music, will never disappoint, and I can’t wait to see where they go next.