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.
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