After five long years, Paramore season is finally upon us once again. The pop-punk icons have today ended their lengthy hiatus with the release of This Is Why, the first taste of their forthcoming album of the same name.
Having last released a new album by way of 2017's After Laughter, Paramore embarked upon a lengthy global tour before wrapping up their performances in 2018. The following year, the group revealed they would be taking some time off while its members focused on other creative endeavours.
Earlier this year, rumours of the band's return began to swirl once again as vocalist Hayley Williams teased the recording of new material, while the announcement of their first live dates in four years again added fuel to the fire. Now though, they've ended their silence with the release of today's This Is Why, which will appear on their sixth new album – also titled This Is Why – when it arrives on 10th February, 2023.
Even though it's only been out a few hours, the Internet has exploded with positivity towards both the return of Paramore, and their ever-versatile, evolving sound.
Paramore is a perfect example of how authenticity will literally carry your career. The music they make is unrecognizable to their early albums and noone cares because its still a fucking banger https://t.co/EAn7ziIlt8
— Devil in the blue dress (@Shayd_Shayd) September 28, 2022
This is healthy, right? 😅 pic.twitter.com/No6WbDO3Lt
— Aaron James (@AarnJmes) September 29, 2022
happy new paramore day to everyone lucky enough to be born with taste
— tom paton (@hotmilktom) September 28, 2022
New Paramore just dropped pic.twitter.com/1AIABxjE9C
— HOOD VOGUE is tired of poverty (@keyon) September 28, 2022
big day for annoying people (paramore stans who survived their longest hiatus)
— alice PARAMORE DAY (@miseryroute) September 28, 2022
Paramore are back. Nature is healing.
— amy 🎃 (@Amarghh) September 28, 2022
That was unbelievable. I’m 15 again. I love paramore and it is all I will ever talk about. GOD
— bec (@corgibec) September 28, 2022
PARAMORE TODAYYYY pic.twitter.com/bJNA6T6c6O
— scarlet • THIS IS WHY (@petalsfordraco) September 28, 2022
paramore was right, this IS why i don't leave my house
— did paramore release a new album today (@paramore6more) September 28, 2022
not now sweetie Paramore exist. pic.twitter.com/DrLk4Z2ywm
— gods favourite emo (@yasminesummanx) September 28, 2022
Comprising Williams, Zac Farro, and Taylor York, the iconic three-piece worked with longtime collaborator Carlos de la Garza to record their newest record. The result is an album which sees the group re-entering a world very different from the one they last participated in, with its title track explicitly focusing on this concept of living in the modern age.
"'This Is Why' was the very last song we wrote for the album," Williams explains. "To be honest, I was so tired of writing lyrics but Taylor convinced Zac and I both that we should work on this last idea. What came out of it was the title track for the whole album."
"It summarises the plethora of ridiculous emotions, the rollercoaster of being alive in 2022, having survived even just the last 3 or 4 years. You’d think after a global pandemic of fucking biblical proportions and the impending doom of a dying planet, that humans would have found it deep within themselves to be kinder or more empathetic or something."
The track also comes accompanied by a music video directed by Turnstile’s Brendan Yates and filmed last month in Malibu, California.
"It was so rad working with Brendan," added Williams. "I’ve known the Turnstile guys for a little while and was so psyched to have our worlds collide in this way. There’s a cool kinship between the way our bands do things... Hopefully we will get to play shows with them at some point."