After a couple of mainstream pop radio hits with their previous and self-titled album, anyone could have predicted that Paramore’s first single from their new album After Laughter would be tailored for radio. Well, that’s exactly what we’ve got here: Paramore with a lovely pop melody, especially catchy beats, and an infectious chorus that you won’t get out of your head all day.
If Paramore’s whole new album is like this, I guess I’ll be disappointed because I prefer their heavier stuff, but I certainly don’t mind them occasionally doing a song like this if it helps keep their career afloat and make more albums. Besides, their pop-influenced music is better than most pop on the radio anyway. So, whatever they do, it’s still 100% Paramore. Cheers to that.
Here’s the official press release, album cover and tracklisting:
PARAMORE RETURN WITH “AFTER LAUGHTER”
GRAMMY AWARD-WINNING BAND ANNOUNCE HIGHLY ANTICIPATED NEW ALBUM
ARRIVING EVERYWHERE ON MAY 12TH
ALBUM PRE-ORDERS BEGIN TODAY
WITH INSTANT GRAT OF FIRST SINGLE, “HARD TIMES”
COMPANION VIDEO FOR “HARD TIMES” OUT NOW (WATCH HERE)
Fueled By Ramen recording group Paramore has announced the eagerly awaited release of their fifth studio album. “AFTER LAUGHTER” will arrive everywhere on Friday, May 12th. The GRAMMY Award-winning band’s first new album in more than four years, “AFTER LAUGHTER,” is available for pre-order beginning today and accompanied by an instant grat download of the just unveiled new single, “Hard Times.” “Hard Times” is joined by a dynamic new companion video. The clip, directed by Andrew Joffe, premieres today exclusively on Fueled By Ramen’s official YouTube channel.
“AFTER LAUGHTER” was recorded at Nashville’s historic RCA Studio B – Paramore’s first time recording in their own beloved hometown. The album is produced by Justin Meldal-Johnsen and Paramore’s own Taylor York. “AFTER LAUGHTER” also marks the return of original member Zac Farro back to the band.
Paramore will kick off a European headline tour this June. For tour dates and more news, please visit paramore.net.
Paramore – 4x GRAMMY nominees and winner of the “Best Rock Song” trophy at the 57th Annual GRAMMY Awards – have long established themselves as international rock superstars. Their previous self-titled album “PARAMORE” made a chart topping debut atop the SoundScan/Billboard 200 upon its April 2013 release marking Paramore’s first #1 album to date – and also scoring an array of #1 debuts around the globe. “PARAMORE” showcased a string of blockbuster singles including two 2x RIAA platinum-certified hits, the top 10 “Still Into You” and the #1 smash, “Ain’t It Fun.” The latter track proved Paramore’s biggest single to date, ascending to #1 at Hot AC and Rock radio outlets nationwide, #2 at Top 40, as well as to the top 10 on Billboard’s “Hot 100” – the band’s first ever top 10 hit on the overall chart and their highest peaking song thus far.
Paramore has had a truly remarkable run of RIAA certified albums and singles since coming together in Nashville in 2004, from 2005’s gold-certified debut, “ALL WE KNOW IS FALLING” and 2007’s 2x platinum-certified breakthrough, “RIOT!” (with its 3x platinum-certified hit, “Misery Business,” as well as the platinum-certified singles “crushcrushcrush” and “That’s What You Get”) to 2008’s worldwide platinum “Decode” (from Chop Shop/Atlantic’s chart-topping “TWILIGHT – ORIGINAL MOTION PICTURE SOUNDTRACK”) and 2009’s platinum-certified “brand new eyes” and its GRAMMY®-nominated smash, “The Only Exception.”
Long regarded as an exhilarating live act, Paramore has spent much of the past decade-plus on the road, with highlights including sold out headline arena tours and show-stealing festival sets around the globe. Paramore has consistently drawn both critical acclaim as well as a wide ranging list of international honors and accolades, now including a GRAMMY® Award, two People’s Choice Awards, three NME Awards, three MTV Video Music Award nominations, and much much more.
(Fueled By Ramen)
Release Date: Friday, May 12th
- Hard Times
- Rose-Colored Boy
- Told You So
- Fake Happy
- Caught In The Middle
- Idle Worship
- No Friend
- Tell Me How
EUROPEAN HEADLINE TOUR BEGINS THIS JUNE
Paramore’s music video for ‘Hard Times’ from the upcoming album, After Laughter – available May 12th on Fueled By Ramen. Pre-order it at http://smarturl.it/afterlaughter
Exclusive Pre-order Bundles: http://smarturl.it/paramore.store
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Directed by Andrew Joffe (http://joffco.net)