It's fair to say that the title of this article is what everyone has been saying today when they heard the news that yes, Paramore have released their first new track in four years. A lot has changed in that time, so if you're expecting another Riot!, you're probably going to be left scratching your head, at least if their first single off After Laughter is anything to go by.
Yes, shades of the old Paramore are still there in Hard Times, but visually and musically, there have been a few slight modifications. What it is though is a perfect soundtrack for the American summer which will be sure to get heads bopping along.
Behind the head-bopping though is a more serious backstory; from The New York Times:
“You can run on the fumes of being a teenager for as long as you want, but eventually life hits you really hard,” Ms. Williams, a mighty presence who barely cracks five feet, explained last month, speaking for the first time about the tumultuous period since Paramore last released an album, in 2013. “I didn’t even know if we were going to make another record,” she said. “There was a moment when I didn’t even want it to happen. Then it was like, I want it to happen, but I don’t know how we’re going to do it.”
Well, we're certainly over the moon that they have made it through to the other side and have graced us with a more grown-up style of pop rock!
After Laughter will be released on May 12 and Hard Times is available to stream now on Apple Music and Spotify.
Or if you prefer some visuals to go with the song, Paramore have you covered for that, and you can watch it below!