Emo-frontrunners Paramore finds a new sound, causing a divide in fans.

Have they been officially hit with Hard Times? The first single off the new album After Laughter, and it appears to be one of those ‘love it or hate it’ songs. The song also marks the return of drummer Zac Farro to the group.

Upon my first listen, I was quite unsure what to think. It seems to blur genres between indie and art pop, with remnants of the pop-punk tones that made Paramore famous. The song reminds me of Ain’t It Fun, which currently rests comfortably as Paramore’s most popular song with over 100 million listens on Spotify.

It’s clear that Paramore is no longer an ‘emo’ band, despite the fact that Hayley William’s sings about how sometimes it is easy to feel useless, falling on Hard Times. The beat and tone of the song itself is reminiscent of The 1975, with a long catchy chorus, and warped guitar during verses.

The song caused a major divide within fans. It’s clear that many Paramore fans are upset with the band’s detachment to their iconic ’emo’ sound. Hard Times and the subsequent singles to be released are sure to continue this indie-pastel aesthetic and sound, (just as The 1975 had done previously.)

I want to clarify that I’m in no way attempting to compare these two bands – they are distinctly different, and I respect that. Maybe I’m looking too deeply into this connection, and maybe it’s just a sign of the times – that ‘indie’ bands are slowly becoming more upbeat and ‘pinky.’ Either way, I love it, so I’m okay with it.

Overall, it’s a really enjoyable song, and that is probably the most important thing. I enjoy listening to it, and so for me, it’s a success. Hard Times is catchy, fun, and light-hearted – which is odd, considering its self-deprecating lyrics. I enjoy that.

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Will Wilkins.


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