There are always going to be moments when you’re at your most emotional, making you feel like you were when you were a teenager all over again (even when you’re a full-grown adult paying a mortgage). So, new pop-punk is always welcome, especially when it comes from a powerhouse like Paramore. Lucky for us, frontwoman Hayley Williams confirmed on Twitter that the band is working on a new album.
The group’s 2013 self-titled release served as a massive leap forward sonically, but also commercially and critically. It even netted them a Grammy for Best Rock Song (“Ain’t It Fun”). The group was vigorously championed by our own Eddie Fu just last month (not that they needed him to; 2009’s Brand New Eyes, in particular, absolutely bangs on its own).
This new album should be interesting as it will be the first without bassist Jeremy Davis. His departure left Williams as the band’s only remaining original member (Josh and Zac Farro left the band after Brand New Eyes). The band explained his leaving in a Facebook post:
“In moving forward, there is growth, pain, and change… and sometimes the change is not at all what you hoped for. We’ve written and re-written this countless times and there’s just not a good way to put it… Jeremy is no longer going to be in the band with us. To be honest, this has been really painful. After taking time to consider how to move forward, we ultimately found that we really do believe Paramore can and should continue on. And so we will.”
Even though it sounds like Paramore is embarking on a brave new, pop-punk world (which admittedly is a big question mark), we’re absolutely on board to join them along for the ride.