This week I’m taking a look at one of my all time favourite bands who first introduced me to the world of rock/indie and got me through my ‘strange’ days of emo-ness during school.
So with the release of Paramore’s new album, entitled ‘Paramore’ we have seen a new age of Paramore and whilst I like it, I can safely say that this is the case where I’m missing the old feel of Paramore. Whilst I’m all for bands, diversifying and progressing, I feel like they’ve changed the foundations of Paramore that was more of a rock/indie emo-esque band that introduced me into the rock industry and now they’re bordering the the more mainstream pop rock. Don’t get me wrong, there are still elements of the rock group remaining, but not as much as the old albums.
Its safe to say the departure of brothers Josh and Zac has had an impact on the band, the intensity of the drums and lead guitar that gave a heavy, more rock sound to the music has long gone. Honestly I was pretty gutted when these two decided to leave because I felt that the band couldn’t be the same without them and so far, it’s not been quite the same. That doesn’t mean to say Paramore are bad like many fans have slated, but they are different.
Meet the ‘new’ Paramore consisting of Hayley Williams, Jeremy Davis and Taylor York.
Paramore have taken on something more catchy and funky. They have a wide range of music in their new album from happy and fun to a little slower, and still a little bit of rock in there, but not enough to dominate the album or nearly enough to make it feel like ‘Paramore’.
It’s safe to say that Paramore even borders on a “country” element with ‘Interlude: Moving On’ which is short, but very different. However, I have to admit, Williams’ voice sounds really unique and funky. It adds a lot to the song with the focus on her voice and it was definitely a risk taker, but one that I think pays off.
Then ‘Ain’t it Fun’ reminded me of the old Paramore in places, but then it became a very strong lyrical driven song with collective chorus in the background that made it totally different to the old Paramore. The drums and guitar in the background I felt where more distinct and really good, but not as good as they used to be. Then ‘Part II’ was very much the strength of old Paramore in their new album, so I definitely don’t think they’ve lost what they were, they’ve just changed and tried some new styles out that shows the versatility of them as a band and the vocal skills of Williams can only be applauded.
I was curious to find out that Hayley Williams is the only signed member of the band to Atlantic Records and that this was in part the reasoning behind the departure of Josh and Zac, the former slating on his blog Hayley and the recording company for manipulating her and seeing Hayley as a solo project. All rather controversial and conspiracy theory filled if you ask me.
However despite all this, I’m definitely still a Paramore fan and curious to where they will be going in future, I think they still hold a lot of promise and touches of their old self was still present in places. And I am thankful the three remaining have decided to stay together and not disband as the music industry would be a lot different without them. I haven’t lost hopes that we’ll get a spunky, rocky songs yet again from them that’s filled full of angst and has me falling in love all over again if we get a new drummer and guitarist to add back to the ‘Paramore’ that once existed.
I’ll leave you with one of their newest songs, ‘Still Into You’ which is incredibly catchy, but not the rock you may remember which I think I’d like more if I knew the album consisted of more rock!