Paramore is back, funky and frustrated on new single ‘This Is Why’
Paramore spent the last few years being influential. Today, they decided to once again be musical. Good decision.
I base that knee-jerk reaction entirely on a new single the band released today: the title track from upcoming album This Is Why, out Feb. 10. It is funky. It is abrasive (lyrically). It is atmospheric and anthemic and quiet and loud. It has a video — directed by Turnstile lead singer Brendan Yates — that starts with Hayley Williams doing a passable Grace Slick, followed by some truly mesmerizingly weird dance moves.
So … a lot going on. But when you’re gone for five years, you’ve got a lot of pent-up stuff to get out.
Others have noted this moves Paramore further down the road of funk-infused pop that was present on 2017 album After Laughter. But for someone who drifted away from the band after 2009’s Brand New Eyes, this is pretty wild — in a good way. And, as Williams pointed out in a release, it almost didn’t happen.
“To be honest, I was so tired of writing lyrics, but Taylor
“You’d think after a global pandemic of f****** 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.”
You can (and should) share in the frustration below.