A flash flood of primary colours, lightning bolts and cartoon lettering, the video for ‘Hard Times’ is a dreamy spectacle. The first release from Paramore since 2013 has seen them head in an entirely new, but not totally unexpected direction.
We’ve seen hints of an experimental pop aesthetic with the candy-coated ‘Still Into You’ and gospel-infused ‘Ain’t It Fun’. Now throwing caution to the wind, the previous pop punkers have morphed into a cool, ‘80s-inspired pop group and half of us want to be Hayley Williams all over again.
The positivity of the upbeat melody contrasts with the lyrics, “Hard times gonna make you wonder why you even try / Hard times gonna take you down and laugh when you cry”. That said, the song seems to wave goodbye to the backlash of the self-titled album and the surrounding dramas.
With a tour in some of the UK’s most majestic venues on the cards for this summer and the newly announced album ‘After Laughter’ on the way, Paramore are set to be one of the most exciting bands of 2017. That’s no mean feat after 13 years of existence and more line-up changes than the most and if this new track is anything to go by, we can’t wait to see what’s in store.
All together now: We. Are. PARAMORE.
I’ve been waiting for an official release of this track, taken from the band’s upcoming album ‘Makes Me Sick’, since they played it during their A Day To Remember support slots. As a long time fan, I’m not the most objective critic when it comes to the band I have named as one of my top ten since I was about 12, but ‘Happy Being Miserable’ is another example of a pop punk song done well.
Considering their extensive back catalogue, it’s surprising they haven’t released a song called ‘Happy Being Miserable’ already, given that two of those words on their own perfectly summarise the pop punk genre. An upbeat melody, easily remembered chorus, and relationship-themed lyrics; what’s not to like?
Another lesson in how to be masters of your craft, New Found Glory’s latest is never going to be everyone’s cup of tea (if you aren’t a fan by now, you probably never will be) but for those of us who are still singing along to the hits that are older than half your average pop punk audience, it’s a welcome sign they’re not giving up yet.
It’s not quite clear if the beginning of Creeper’s latest release ‘Black Rain’ is a skin-crawling cringe-fest, or the start of the opening track of what could be one of the defining albums of our generation, but – man alive – Creeper have confirmed they know how to write a song to thrill their audience.
Although the comparisons to My Chemical Romance are understandable given the dedication to their band’s aesthetic, they’re not on the same level just yet. But, with the ever-growing prominence of keyboardist Hannah Greenwood’s vocals and the unwavering flamboyance of Will Gould as a front man, it’s a direction they’re probably heading in.
“And in the rain, I scream your name,” is going to be sung along at festivals and, although they might be sticking to smaller venues for now, their (bound to happen) future arena shows.
Upcoming album ‘All These Countless Nights’ is brilliant – trust me.
While we’re all waiting to properly get stuck in to it, however, the acoustic version of ‘Trigger’ is a dreamy enough effort to tide us over for now. Far more understated in comparison to the original version – a video for which was released last year – it’s a calming, soothing track, miles from the soaring, inspiring full band version.
Following the blip of ‘Old Souls’, Deaf Havana had all the talent of their peers but never quite reached the stratospheric heights of other pop rock names. Leaving their past behind, with their feet firmly in the future, ‘Trigger’ is just a snippet of what’s to come – and that’s plenty of polished, pop rock bangers.
Look, I’m sorry – I am one of ‘those’ people. One of them folks that, no matter how objectively terrible a band gets, if I am nostalgically attached to them enough my love for them will never die.
You Me At Six are the perfect example of such a band. Last album ‘Cavalier Youth’ was as bland as a bread sandwich, but their new album ‘Night People’ has given us yet another excuse to croon along to them in the shower or stare longingly out a bus window pretending we’re all in music videos.
‘Take On The World’ is a sentimental reminder of watching the band play in pubs around the South, and the explosion of their popularity that followed. Hopefully it’ll get fans interested again and it won’t be long until we see them dominating arena stages once more.