Since releasing 2009’s Brand New Eyes, Paramore lost founding members Josh and Zac Farro, but apparently discovered some new favorite bands. Because “Now,” the just-released first single from Paramore’s self-titled fourth album due in April, loosens up their signature pop-punk sound and dives into the glistening, progressive alt-rock sounds of, say, Muse, Alt-J, Metric and even Bloc Party.
Angular, distorted guitars connect to a hard-hitting groove, as singer Hayley Williams sneaks in some of No Doubt’s sing-talk style in the verse. But the track’s centerpiece is the massive, Muse-nodding chorus: “If there's a future / We want it now, now, nowowowowowow!” Williams howls over a tornado of guitars and nonstop drum claps. “There’s a time and place to die / This ain’t it.” “Now” sounds like the battle cry of a young band charging into the future.