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Paramore hasn’t released new music in five years, but the Hayley Williams-fronted trio’s influence has been ubiquitous. The pop punk mainstays upended the emo scene in 2007 with their breakout single, Misery Business. At the time, Snail Mail was just seven years old, WILLOW was only six, and Olivia Rodrigo, who gave Paramore songwriting credits on her hit good 4 u, had just turned four, yet the band’s music has served as the blueprint for these artists’ angsty sounds. Even rapper Lil Uzi Vert has credited Williams as his biggest musical inspiration.
In the 2010s, the Grammy-winning emo superstars found greater commercial success by transitioning away from their pop punk roots towards New Wave sounds. Their 2013 self-titled album, which debuted at №1, spawned the hits Still Into You and Ain’t It Fun. A few years later, the band went in an even glossier direction with their disco-tinged Hard Times.
After a lengthy hiatus, the band has returned, and they’re changing up their sound yet again. On the surface, This Is Why, the lead single and title track for their forthcoming album, out February 10, sits comfortably between the band’s past guitar-driven punk and New Wave styles. But the song also includes Red Hot Chili Peppers-esque funk and FOALS-type alternative dance, both over a krautrock beat that would’ve fit perfectly on a CAN album from the late ‘70s.
Throughout the single, Paramore conveys the anxiety and turmoil of a post-COVID world. On the chorus, Williams belts, “This is why I don’t leave the house / You say the coast is clear, but you won’t catch me out.” Ironically, the band is very much out of the house as they’ve just kicked off a North American tour. The tour will include three nights at the punk…