Paramore Begins New Era with Compelling “This Is Why”; New LP in February; Tour Soon

Adrian GarroCategories:Latest News

Rock Cellar Magazine

The career path of Paramore has been fascinating. Since emerging as a pop-punk band fronted by dynamic singer Hayley Williams, the group quickly shot to stardom in the mid-2000s with a unique brand of heart-on-sleeve anthems and one of the most compelling band leaders of the “scene.”

As the years went on, Paramore shifted its sound slightly, adopting more “indie” tones that hit a strong note with 2013’s self-titled album (and the Grammy-winning “Ain’t It Fun”). That progression continued 2017’s After Laughter, which struck thematic tones of mental health, depression and anxiety while also brought in synth-pop inspiration.

Six years later, Paramore (Williams, Taylor York and Zac Farro) is back, and will release a new album titled This Is Why on Feb. 10, 2023. The world knew a new Paramore record was coming soon, as the band burst back into action recently with news of some live dates (and a sold-out headlining tour), but until Wednesday we hadn’t yet been given a glimpse into this new era.

Here’s the title track, premiered Wednesday as a preview of the album. Simply put, Paramore sounds as great as it ever has on this one, a high-energy blast of indie with a funky rhythm and a chorus about “this is why I don’t leave the house”:

As the song and video’s themes indicate, it’s very much the result of the past few years of uncertainty in the world. Said Williams in a statement:

“This Is Why was the very last song we wrote for the album. To be honest, I was so tired of writing lyrics but Taylor convinced Zac and I both that we should work on this last idea. What came out of it was the title track for the whole album. It summarizes the plethora of ridiculous emotions, the rollercoaster of being alive in 2022, having survived even just the last 3 or 4 years. You’d think after a global pandemic of fucking biblical proportions and the impending doom of a dying planet, that humans would have found it deep within themselves to be kinder or more empathetic or something.”

Brendan Yates of the band Turnstile directed the video, which was filmed in Malibu:

“It was so rad working with Brendan,” added Williams. “I’ve known the Turnstile guys for a little while and was so psyched to have our worlds collide in this way. There’s a cool kinship between the way our bands do things… Hopefully we will get to play shows with them at some point.”

As for that sold-out tour, it begins this coming Sunday, oct. 2:

October 2, 2022 – Bakersfield, CA – Mechanics Bank Theater # SOLD OUT

October 4, 2022 – Magna, UT – The Great SaltAir # SOLD OUT

October 6, 2022 – Omaha, NE – Orpheum Theater Omaha # SOLD OUT

October 8, 2022 – Oklahoma City, OK – The Criterion # SOLD OUT

October 9, 2022 – Austin, TX – Austin City Limits

October 11, 2022 – Chesterfield, MO – The Factory # SOLD OUT

October 14, 2022 – Bonner Springs, KS – Azura Amphitheater* & SOLD OUT

October 16, 2022 – Austin, TX – Austin City Limits^

October 20, 2022 – Los Angeles, CA – The Wiltern ~ SOLD OUT

October 22, 2022 – Las Vegas, NV – When We Were Young Festival^

October 23, 2022 – Las Vegas, NV – When We Were Young Festival^

October 27, 2022 – Los Angeles, CA – The Belasco % SOLD OUT

October 29, 2022 – Las Vegas, NV – When We Were Young Festival^

November 7, 2022 – Toronto, ON – HISTORY = SOLD OUT

November 9, 2022 – Chicago, IL – The Chicago Theatre = SOLD OUT

November 11, 2022 – Cincinnati, OH – The Andrew J Brady Music Center = SOLD OUT

November 13, 2022 – New York City, NY – The Beacon Theatre SOLD OUT

November 15, 2022 – Atlanta, GA – Tabernacle = SOLD OUT

November 16, 2022 – St. Augustine, FL – The St. Augustine Amphitheatre =SOLD OUT

November 19, 2022 – Mexico City, MX – Corona Capital Festival^


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