Paramore exploded back on the scene today, with their first new material in four years, Hard Times. The new single comes alongside the announcement of their fifth studio album, entitled After Laughter, which is set for release on May 12 (the same day as Harry Styles’ debut!) through Fueled By Ramen and also marks the return of Zac Farro who quit the band all the way back in 2010.
The (now) trio are back and sounding more upbeat than ever, in perfect time for the summer.
Hard Times comes as a breath of fresh air for the band, one that is rather reminiscent of 80s pop, with it’s tribal percussion and shimmering guitar work. The video follows the same path, with it’s hand drawn, cartoon graphics that bring to mind those early 2000s MTV animations. The track sees the ever so bubbly Hayley Williams grooving alongside the synth-pop track, exclaiming “Hard times, gonna wonder why you even try, hard times, gonna take you down and laugh while you cry” on perhaps the catchiest chorus Paramore have ever produced. The band never fail to release bangers, that’s for sure.
The track listing for After Laughter is as follows:
01. Hard Times 02. Rose Coloured Boy 03. Told You So 04. Forgiveness 05. Fake Happy 06. 26 07. Pool 08. Grudges 09. Caught In The Middle 10. Idle Worship 11. No Friend 12. Tell Me How
Luckily for us Brits, the band have a UK tour planned, that will grace several rather small venues throughout June. Tickets will be on sale from Friday the 28th of April.
JUNE 15 / Olympia, Dublin 16 / Waterfront, Belfast 18 / O2 Apollo, Manchester 19 / Royal Albert Hall, London 21 / Colston Hall, Bristol 22 / Usher Hall, Edinburgh
Words by Ben Davies