by HANNAH NELSON//Staff Writer

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Fans around the world are freaking out about Paramore’s newest release.

As this new era approaches, everyone is eager to see what the future holds for the band.

The last time that Paramore released a new album was in 2013 with their self-titled album, “Paramore.” However, Paramore is now back with their new single “Hard Times.” Information was also announced about their new album, “After Laughter.”

Paramore completely dropped the ball with the news of their new album and release of a single. The band really didn’t promote anything up until the day before the single release. All that fans ever received were very strange and vague Twitter posts.

A few days before the release, band members Hayley Williams, Taylor York, and Zac Farro teased bits and pieces of the album artwork. This turned out to be a really smart move. Instead of hyping up the release for weeks and weeks, they just shocked their fandom. This caused an immediate freak out between “ParaWhores.” Every music news outlet quickly had stories about Paramore, and fans were posting all over the internet about it. Paramore ended up even trending before noon.

The single, “Hard Times,” is a completely different direction from their previous music for most fans. The song has old-school styled vibes and a unique funky rhythm. When first listening to the song, old-school fans have to take a step back. This isn’t the normal style that is expected from Paramore. The song starts out with a very joyful intro that completely contrasts with the lyrics. Williams begins the song with, “All that I want is to wake up fine, tell me that I’m alright, that I ain’t gonna die.” The song really reflects a dark time for the band and getting through the “Hard Times.” They are not the same Paramore as they were for “Brand New Eyes” or one of their most popular releases, “Riot.”

Paramore has been a band for more than 11 years and have created five albums. Their first album was released in 2005, when the lead singer was only 16. It wouldn’t make sense for the band to be creating and writing the same music.

True music grows with the artists. As people change, the music is going to change like it should. The band is smart to change their music to fit who they are now as individuals. If the band kept releasing the same style of music, it would become boring.

As for the album set to release on May 12, it is hard to know exactly what fans can expect. Obviously, the album is going to be different than previous releases. After the album cycle of “Paramore,” the band lost their bassist Jeremy Davis, leaving Williams and York as the only remaining members.

For a while, the future for Paramore seemed bleak. No one knew if they were going to continue as a band or separate.

However, the band is back and ready to face the music world again with their new style. One of the biggest announcements was that drummer Zac Farro was returning to the band. This seems to be a big topic for this new album.

This new era is going to be a very exciting time for the band and fans. Even though not every person is a fan of the new music style and direction, Paramore is definitely going to be the band to watch out for this summer.

Posted by Plainsman Press Staff

The student newspaper of South Plains College.

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