Paramore has strived for a new take on their alternative music as well as their style. After Laughter combines low lyrics with high beats signalling a fresh new start for the band.
Album Title: After Laughter
Genre: New Wave / Rock / Synth Pop
Label: Fueled By Ramen
Paramore’s new album After Laughter is a refreshing take on the pop punk band from the early 2000s. Released on May 12th 2017, following their self-titled record Paramore, it shows a mature Paramore and reflects on a lot of issues whilst using funky notes and addictive rhythms along with powerful melodies. If you want to dance your troubles away whilst listening to a deep and meaningful album this is the one for you.
The band has strived for a new take on their alternative music as well as their style. Hayley Williams’s famous orange locks are now bleached and bold, in her own words:
“The hair thing is so emotional for me. About a year ago, I called my colorist and was like, ‘I’m going through so much emotionally. I need a reset. I need you to bleach my hair,’”
This album comes from a ‘fresh new start’ and not ‘living in the past’. The music behind the lyrics seem inspired by 80s sound mixing through modern mainstream music. Even a hard core Paramore fan such as me struggled with their new image but until you give the album a listen and understand the meaning behind it, it quickly becomes one of the best albums released this year.
The lyrics are amazingly dark and powerful and seem to touch on many issues such as the comeback of Zac Farron on drums who left the band in 2010 to Hayley’s relationship issues as well as touching on mental health.
After the leave of bassist Jeremy Davis in 2015 there was even a question of whether Paramore was to continue or whether to throw in the towel. Taylor York, guitarist was quoted to say in an interview with Zane Lowe, “There have been so many times I just wanted to quit this band.”
The album seems to have come from a sombre place in the bands lives but the feeling is that it needed to happen, all their thoughts, feelings and personal matters of the heart spilled into this album and not for the world but for them. To me it feels like this album has a lot of closure with every song from ‘Grudges’ to ‘Rose-coloured boy’.
Paramore are growing with us and dealing with different circumstances, much like them the audience they inspire are growing up too as well as a new following from this album. It seems to be a mature, modern version of their first album All We Know Is Falling, from teenage angst to now adult problems in a troubled world.
It’s great to see a band push themselves in a different direction whilst firmly staying alternative and true to who they are and what the band as a whole represents.
“Support music every day because there isn’t a day music won’t be there for you!” – Hayley Williams