Paramore Releases New Album “This Is Why”: Streaming
American rock band Paramore, consisting of Hayley Williams (vocals), Taylor York (guitar) and Zac Farro (drums), released their sixth studio album “This Is Why” on February 10, 2023 via Atlantic Records.
It is their first album in six years since the 2017 album “After Laughter”.
The album comprises 10-track, produced by Carlos de la Garza.
Hayley Williams said that the album was more guitar-driven and looked back an aggression. “We've found ourselves listening to a lot of older music that we grew up being inspired by. From day one, Bloc Party was the number one reference because there was such an urgency to their sound that was different to the fast punk or the pop punk or the like, loud wall of sound emo bands that were happening in the early 2000s.”
Taylor York told Apple Music, “I think figuring out a smarter way to make something aggressive isn't just turning up the distortion. That's where there was a lot of tension, us trying to collectively figure out what that looks like and can all three of us really get behind it and feel represented. It was really difficult sometimes, but when we listened back at the end, we were like, 'Sick.'”
Hayley Williams explained of some tracks for the album.
“This Is Why”
“'This Is Why' was the very last song we wrote for the album. To be honest, I was so tired of writing lyrics but Taylor convinced Zac and I both that we should work on this last idea. What came out of it was the title track for the whole album. It summarizes the plethora of ridiculous emotions, the roller-coaster of being alive in 2022, having survived even just the last three or four years. You'd think after a global pandemic of fucking 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.”
“'The News' is one of those songs that came together pretty quickly and felt exciting from the start. It feels like a happy medium between classic Paramore angst and bringing in some influences we've always had but never exploited. Watching Zac track drums for this one was one of my favorite memories from the studio. Lyrically, it probably explains itself. The 24-hr news cycle is just impossible to comprehend. And I feel a pang of guilt when I unplug to protect my headspace. The common reaction, or non-reaction, seems to be dissociation. Not one of us is innocent of that and who could blame us?”
“Running Out of Time” via Genius
“This was pretty early on in writing the album. And I got the music for the chorus first. I was like, I have to write the coolest shit ever to it because this is the best shit, so I have to make good. I was like, 'Oh, it'd be really funny to roast myself for how disorganized I am and how it impacts my everyday life. Every day, I run out of time.'”
“C'est Comme Ça”
“I'm trying to get un-addicted to a survival narrative. The idea of imminent doom is less catastrophic to me than not knowing anything about the future or my part in it. The guys and I are all in much more stable places in our lives than ever before. And somehow that is harder for me to adjust to.”
“You First” via The Line Of Best Fit
“You're somebody's hero, and they come up to you and tell you about all these things you've helped them with, but in the back of your mind, you're thinking, 'But I'm an asshole' about something you did or a mistake you made. Like, this person has no idea, right? But I think that's just the paradoxical nature of being human. I got mad at kids for a fighting at a Paramore show and then I got mad at myself backstage because I was like, 'As if I don't get angry about shit', you know? Who knows what they're struggling with, or if the world is a horrific place to live in for them? Maybe they don't have money for therapy? Maybe they're going through something I can't even fathom, and it's no wonder they got into a fight at the Paramore show.”
“When something has ease to it and when something feels healthy and again, like, respectful, it must be wrong. And I fought that feeling and said to myself that 'that's just a convenient thing, you're just trying to go to where maybe your ego likes it', I just made up anything that I could.”
“Crave” via NME
“When the guys showed me 'Crave' I was pumped because we haven't had anything that sonically felt like that in a really long time. We don't like to give too much credit to nostalgia, we like to move forward. But with the music, you couldn't escape that feeling. I was just thinking about why I always miss the moment that I'm in because I'm too worried about when it's going to be over.”
“Thick Skull” via The Line Of Best Fit
“The last song of the album is reflective of my biggest insecurities throughout our career. The shit people projected onto me all these years: saying the band is manufactured or that I'm using my friends for my own personal career advances… I decided to speak directly to those fears, even indulging the naysayers. This being the last album of this era of our career as part of the same contract I signed as a teen, I just want to leave all those fears and the bullshit here. I'm not taking it with me any further.”
- source : Apple Music