Lowkey as Hell is an exciting release from Waterparks. Over a glitchy bounce, Awsten confesses, “I just cried into a shirt I could never afford last year” before detailing, “Drake problems.” It builds towards a chantable refrain—“I’m highkey and lowkey as hell”–backed by a rush of distortion.
Reminiscent of early 2000s emo rock, the track is a deftly-crafted pop rock anthem, with heavy-hitting drums and vibrant vocals, lyrically musing on the band’s exponential growth in popularity and its influence on their personal lives.
“You don’t have to stick to one thing,” exclaims Awsten. “Over the years, we’ve gotten better at switching it up. By making moves like getting with 300 (an almost exclusively hiphop oriented label) and not forfeiting our guitars once we signed the deal, I think we’re actually taking steps to help rock. Either way, fuck genres and expectations. There’s no reason to be limited.”
“The song is a recap of the last year or so,” Awsten states. “it really describes what’s been going on and who I am. When I’m on stage, I’m a forward-facing, extroverted presence. At the same time, I’m also the biggest hermit ever. I just like to stay in, ignore my phone a lot, and write. I’m naturally reserved in my day-to-day life. The juxtaposition of loud materialism versus private emotion in that opening line really encapsulates the feeling I wanted to get across in the rest of the song.”-