Paramore - Hard Times Review

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Paramore are back after 4 years, and months of teasing their fans. Twitter went into meltdown Tuesday night as American radio station, Kroq, announced they would be premiering a new song “Hard Times” at 8am or 1pm BST on Wednesday.

 

After weeks of clues and little information, fans were skeptical but they were not disappointed. The trio (Hayley Williams, Taylor York and the returning Zac Farro) released the video to their new single during the broadcast.

 

 

The single is the first from their upcoming album “After Laughter” (due to be released May 12th).

 

Their last album “Paramore” saw chart success and was undoubtedly the sound of summer, if “Hard Times” is anything to go by their fifth studio album will likely follow suit.

 

Williams delights as usual as she once again shows off her spectacular vocal range. York and Farro play along to the punchy electro-pop backing tracks. The synthetic sound compliments the vocals and brightens the somewhat emotional, personal tone of the lyrics.

 

The song slows towards the middle as Williams sings over a melody reminiscent of the 80s, think: “Stranger Things” theme.

 

It's a new style for the band who shocked fans with their more pop-centred 4th album. As the band grows so does their sound. Perhaps the mix-up in style is in part due to the mix-up of their members. Ex-bassist Jeremy Davis left the band in 2015 and was replaced by returning drummer Zac Farro. Whatever the reason behind the musical change they haven't disappointed and continue to make fans proud.


Paramore will be playing at the Usher Hall in Edinburgh on June 22nd. Visit their website for the full list of dates.

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