By Myki Angeline
It's been 11 years since Fueled By Ramen/Atlantic recording group Paramore burst onto the music scene. Rooted in pop punk and emo in their early years, the band experienced growth and maturity over time with hits like "Misery Business" and "crushcrushcrush." As the band matured in age (Williams was 15 when the band formed), so did their style, with ballads like "The Only Exception" that demonstrated a deeper, less edgy sound, showcasing Williams' signature vocals.
The band consistently revamped their sound to rave reviews and a string of RIAA-certified albums and singles. Paramore received their first GRAMMY Award in 2015 for Best Rock Song with "Ain't It Fun," a single from their self-titled fourth album that displayed a new, more polished pop sound.
Continuing the cycle, Paramore has released the first single and video from their highly anticipated fifth album, After Laughter. The single, "Hard Times," has a catchy dance beat and strong '80s influence. The video is reminiscent of Peter Gabriel's "Big Time" and Information Society's "Whats On Your Mind." However, despite this next evolution in their sound, Paramore keep to their tried and true formula with lyrics about struggle and difficult situations with the original band members back and ready to hit the ground running. After Laughter is available on May 12 and with a European tour scheduled to kick off in June.
Pre-order the album and check out tour dates on their website: paramore.com
Watch the video for new song "Hard Times" below!