American rock band Paramore have given updates on their upcoming fifth studio album. The record will the band’s first release since 2013’s ‘Paramore’ and is set to be the first album since the departure of bassist Jeremy Davis.
Paramore first made a name for themselves during the Emo rock scene of the mid 2000s. Led by singer Hayley Williams, the band became well known for their powerful melodic guitar riffs and emotive vocals.
In 2003, Hayley Williams signed a solo recording contract with Atlantic Records. Having been a budding pop songwriter in Nashville, the label had plans to mould Williams into what she would later describe as the ‘next Madonna’. Williams however, had different ideas and decided to form a pop punk band with fellow musicians Josh Farro, Zac Farro and Jeremy Davis.
The band released their first album ‘All We Know Is Falling’ in 2005. The record became an instant success and helped the band gain a dedicated fanbase, particularly in the UK. They have since released a further three studio album’s titled ‘Riot!’ (2007), ‘Brand New Eyes’ (2009) and ‘Paramore’ (2013). Their most recent single ‘Ain’t It Fun’ was their most successful record to date and peaked at number ten on the Billboard Hot 100. As a result of this, fans have been eagerly anticipating LP5 for almost three years.
In December 2015 bassist Jeremy Davis decided to leave the band. Shortly after, Paramore announced that they would be continuing as a two piece (consisting of Williams and guitarist Taylor Yorke) and had began working on new material.
Paramore have now shared some new information about the upcoming record in a recent FaceBook post. In the post, Paramore state: “about a year ago, we began writing & demoing songs for #5”. “Following up our self-titled album didn’t seem like it was going to be an easy task and, unsurprisingly, it was not. the problem about comparing yourself to… yourself… is that even though it’s better than looking elsewhere, you’re still looking in the wrong direction.”
“for me, it wasn’t until i trusted that the past is finished with me that i could go looking for what’s next. our pasts can be a great comforter, or a horror movie; a noose, or a shield… but it is “past” for a reason.” it read. “after a rest, we have to go looking for what’s supposed to come after that. -h.”