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Paramore
Riot
Fueled By Ramen Records
www.paramore.net


Paramore is everything that audiences have come to expect and accept from bands featured on the Vans Warped Tour. The Fueled By Ramen's pop punk quartet has a Daphne Loves Derby emo styling in their movements with rations of pop punk rhythms and melodic rock guitar fillings likened to The Forecast and The Starting Line. Paramore's second release Riot on the 'Ramen label is just as engaging and exciting as the band's debut release All We Know Is Falling from 2005.

Lead vocalist Hayley Williams performs loads of sensual vocal curls and stretches on tracks like "That's What You Get" and "Hallelujah." Guitarist Josh Farro has some gorgeous soaring guitar licks while his brother, drummer Zach Farro, and bassist Jeremy Davis keep the songs springy and invigorating, even along the sorrowful "When It Rains." Numbers like "Crush Crush Crush" and "Misery Business" are pumped with hard rock rotations, whereas the rock ballad "We Are Broken" is intense with an Evanescence-fervor. There are crevices of Brit-pop additives mixing in with the pop punk propulsions on "Fences" and stirring guitar movements and invigorating rhythms on "Born For This" and "For A Pessimistic I'm Pretty Optimistic" that are reflective of Damone. Paramore's music may have a number of similarities to emo-enriched pop punk bands like Halifax and Straylight Run, but there is still something exciting and refreshing about this band that makes music fans - particularly the Vans Warped audience - want them to keep coming back.

The lyrical content represents feelings about what happens when you open yourself up to love and get kicked in the chest for doing so, like in the track "That's What You Get" as Williams pouts, "No sir, I don't wanna be the blame, not anymore/ It's your turn, so take a seat we're settling the final score/ And why do we like to hurt so much?/ I can't decide/ You have made it harder just to go on/ And why?/ All the possibilities where I was wrong/ That's what you get when you let your heart win." No matter how self-deprecating and painful the feelings in the lyrics become, the music maintains an upbeat stance. It makes the songs catchy and you'll want to invite them into your life on those days when you need something to lift you out of a slump.

Paramore's music is still fun and keeps you pumped with energy. Their second release Riot isn't a rambunctious punk but more like a melodic punk that feels cool and invigorating. Their rock fittings are measured for the Vans Warped crowd but their offering is totally ripe for a wider market.

-Susan Frances

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