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Paramore announce new album, After Laughter, share video for buoyant single “Hard Times” — watch

The follow-up to the band's self-titled album arrives May 12th via Fueled By Ramen

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    Two years after Paramore fully embraced pop rock with their immensely successful self-titled album, a lineup change led to uncertainty about when or if the Tennessee group would release new music. However, frontwoman Hayley Williams and guitarist Taylor York vowed to press on, and two years later, former drummer Zac Farro unexpectedly returned to fold. Today the wait is over, as the band has announced a new album, After Laughter, out May 12th on Fueled By Ramen.

    Alongside the announcement, Paramore released the lead single “Hard Times” and its accompanying music video. The new song builds on the bouncy pop rock of their previous hit singles “Still Into You” and “Ain’t It Fun” by further incorporating 1980s new wave — it’s even drawn comparisons to the Talking Heads. The video features a neon and pastel color palette which matches the sound of “Hard Times”, but rain cloud imagery acknowledges the lyrics inspired by yet another chapter of turmoil in the band’s history. Watch it below.

    In an interview with the the New York TimesWilliams said she wasn’t sure another Paramore album was in the cards. “You can run on the fumes of being a teenager for as long as you want, but eventually life hits you really hard,” she said. “I didn’t even know if we were going to make another record. There was a moment when I didn’t even want it to happen. Then it was like, I want it to happen, but I don’t know how we’re going to do it.”

    The drama started back in 2010, when founding members Zac Farro and his brother, guitarist Josh Farro, left the band during an ugly split in which they claimed Paramore to be a “manufactured product of a major label.” Later on, bassist Jeremy Davis left the band for the second time in December 2015 amid lawsuits regarding profits in the band.

    In any case, the drumming Farro is back, and Paramore have big plans ahead. They’ve already announced a summer European trek in support of After Laughter and are set to appear at Riot Fest in September. Below, find the complete album details followed by the band’s current tour schedule.

    After Laughter Album Artwork:

    paramore after laughter album artwork Paramore announce new album, After Laughter, share video for buoyant single Hard Times     watch

    After Laughter Tracklist:
    01. Hard Times
    02. Rose-Colored Boy
    03. Told You So
    04. Forgiveness
    05. Fake Happy
    06. 26
    07. Pool
    08. Grudges
    09. Caught in the Middle
    10. Idle Worship
    11. No Friend
    12. Tell Me How

    Paramore 2017 Tour Dates:
    06/15 – Dublin, IE @ Olympia
    06/16 – Belfast, IE @ Waterfront
    06/18 – Manchester, UK @ O2 Apollo
    06/19 – London, UK @ Royal Albert Hall
    06/21 – Bristol, UK @ Colston Hall
    06/22 – Edinburgh, UK @ Usher Hall
    06/24 – Köln, DE @ Palladium
    06/25 – Tilburg, NL @ O13
    06/27 – Paris, FR @ Grand Rex
    06/29 – Wien, AT @ Arena Open Air
    06/30 – Sopron, HU @ Volt Festival
    07/02 – Berlin, DE @ Admiralspalast
    07/03 – Hamburg, DE @ Stadtpark
    07/05 – Hradec Kralove, CZ @ Rock For People
    07/07 – Stockholm, SE @ Cirkus
    07/09 – Turku, FI @ Ruisrock
    07/12 – Copenhagen, DK @ Vega
    07/14 – Tonsberg, NO @ Slottsfjell
    09/15 – Chicago, IL @ Riot Fest

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