January 22, 2013


Paramore Roar Back With New Sound on "Now"

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.