Paramore today released their brand new album, 'After Laughter' - their first album since the return of drummer Zac Farro, and their first album that the band have recorded in their hometown of Nashville. To celebrate the arrival of Paramore’s new album, we’ve compiled a list of important recent happenings...
"Paramore is a band that formed in 2003 in a quiet town that is now known as Nashville, TN. Still in junior high, music made up 100% of their extracurricular time. Until eventually, they all left for tour in the middle of a school year and thank heaven music would eventually work out for them. No one understood how a band so un-country could be from this strange little town called Nashville, nor how a bunch of kids so small could play their angst-filled songs so proudly.
Much time has passed since those innocent days.
Life has worn its grooves into the record that is Paramore's collective life. If you look closely, you can see that the members of Paramore all have very sexy dark circles under their eyes now... and surprisingly, haven't all quit music after years of sexism in the media, soap opera-worthy drama, and nearly 15 years inside the brutal beast that is the music industry.
Paramore still reside in their beloved home of Nashville, TN, which these days looks a lot more like a construction site than a well-kept secret. They spend most their days and nights sitting on the porch together laughing or crying... reminiscing, daydreaming, or trying desperately to just stay present.
The band recently wrote and recorded their 5th album in their hometown of Nashville. It's called After Laughter and it comes out May 12th."
#1. According to Paramore, 'After Laughter' is their favourite album.
Watch Paramore’s track-by-track interview with Zane Lowe below...
#2. This is Paramore’s first album since the return of drummer Zac Farro.
In an interview with Zane Lowe, Farro said about his return:
"I had this moment, after leaving the band, walking to my mailbox, and I had no identity anymore. I was just a person. It was kind of a freeing thing—the thing that I thought I wanted. But it was this really uncomfortable feeling. Not that I care about fame or being in a cool band. I’ve never cared about that in my whole life. But it was something we did. This is our occupation. We live and breathe music, and I was like, ‘I don’t have that anymore.’ When he [Taylor] asked that [to join the band again], I was taken back because I was so thankful and didn’t expect that. It was also, on the flipside of that, it was a really heavy decision, in the first place, that I left. It was even just a rad thing that we were hanging out, and I was being able to play on the record, so I wanted to make a really smart and adult decision about it. I took a week. I already knew that I wanted to do it... I knew it then when we talked to you [Lowe] on the couch, I knew it when we first started, I know it now, I’ve obviously missed the six years I was out of it, but I’ve seen a lot of this—there was only one record that I didn’t play on and that was self-titled—I saw a lot of it, and the thing that drew me back the most, and the most immediate yes, was getting to spend time with Hayley and Taylor everyday."
Watch part one of Paramore’s interview with Zane Lowe below...
#3. 'After Laughter' was recorded in Nashville's RCA Studio B, marking the first time that the band have recorded an album in their hometown. Paramore further paid homage to their hometown this week, by choosing to play an intimate 'comeback' show at Nashville venue, Exit/In.
#4. At the above-mentioned show, Paramore covered The Strokes’ classic song, 'Someday', as well as HalfNoise’s 'Scooby’s In The Back'.
Watch videos of both covers below...
#5. Paramore’s excitement about their new album is contagious.
Paramore’s new album 'After Laughter' is out now - click here to purchase.
Watch the 'Hard Times' music video below...