UPDATE (1/9/18): Emo dreams are coming true for this Stranger Things star! After Hayley Williams watched Gaten Matarazzo's performance of Paramore's "Misery Business," the singer invited him to perform with the band.
"Dear @GatenM123, @itstayloryall & i saw your band’s Miz Biz cover and all i can say is: . open invite to crash a pmore stage and thrash those luscious locks around (& harmonize, obv) whenever the spirit (of rock) leads you," Williams tweeted. The Stranger Things excitedly responded, "Dude!! Yesss!!!! Let’s make this happen! Thanks."
dear @GatenM123, @itstayloryall & i saw your band’s Miz Biz cover and all i can say is: 🤘🏼. open invite to crash a pmore stage and thrash those luscious locks around (& harmonize, obv) whenever the spirit (of rock) leads you.— hayley from Paramore (@yelyahwilliams) January 6, 2018
Dude!! Yesss!!!! Let’s make this happen! Thanks ❤️🤘🏻— Gaten Matarazzo (@GatenM123) January 7, 2018
so welcome! i’ll get our 2018 schedule to you and you can just pick a date.— hayley from Paramore (@yelyahwilliams) January 7, 2018
ORIGINAL STORY (1/2/18): The entire cast of Stranger Things is wickedly talented outside of the popular series (as made evident here), and Gaten Matarazzo is continuing to prove that notion in 2018! The 15-year-old actor, who plays Dustin on the show, and his band Work In Progress recently showed just how much they love emo music.
The teens took over the stage at Stone Pony in Asbury Park, N.J. over the holiday weekend where they covered emo classics like Paramore's 2007 anthem "Misery Business" and Fall Out Boy's 2005 smash "Sugar, We're Going Down." They also tried their hand at Foo Fighters' signature track, "Everlong." Matarazzo, alongside the other band members (which includes his sisters Sabrina and Carmen) looked in his element has he channeled his inner rock star. Never mind the fact that the actor was a mere three years old when the Fall Out Boy tune was released!
Matarazzo is already known for his singing chops, so this venture into emo land isn't surprising at all. He previously starred as Gavroche in 2014’s Les Miserables revival on Broadway. But the actor isn't the only Stranger Things star who's in a band. Finn Wolfhard (a.k.a. Mike Wheeler) and his band Calpurnia got signed to Royal Mountain Records last November and is working on a debut EP.
Next up, take it all the way back to 2007 where Paramore recall not having meal tickets at their first Warped Tour show in this classic Fuse interview: