May 20, 2013
The new album was released in April after a public showdown between three bandmates (York, Williams and bassist Jeremy Davis) and brothers Zac and Josh Farro, who left the band suddenly in what Williams called "a bit of a soap opera." With lyrics like "Let em spill their guts, cause one day they're gonna slip on 'em... if they can't get down, well we don't need them around," it's obvious a lot of the new record is an outlet for the band's anger.
But it's clear this is also a band which has moved on from past drama and is happier than ever - they launched into old favorites "Misery Business," "For a Pessimist" and "Decode" before unleashing the band's current single "Now." While old Paramore was a bit angsty, happiness radiated from the band as they danced across the stage, making their old songs more than just a nostalgic look at what used to be. They made it more of a celebration that they are still here despite it all.
Taking the place not-so subtly of the missing Farro brothers were a pair of touring musicians, but Williams made sure the focus was on the three up front, dancing across the stage furiously and teasing the crowd. Williams manages to connect to the audience in such a way that it doesn't come off as a show, but as sincere.
Paramore's sound was as frantic as Williams' dancing, and the band effortlessly slid from rock to funk and back, all tied together with the irresistible pop sound of "Still Into You" as the finale. By that point there were literally tears from some fans, especially the lucky few Williams dragged onstage to provide gang vocals for "Anklebiters."
If the threesome ever harbored a desire to rise up and take over the world, they would have had no problem stirring this crowd to join them.
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