Hayley Williams and the boys of Paramore are growing up right in front of our very eyes. It seems like it was only yesterday when they wore neon clothing, donned odd haircuts, and sang about crushes and letting one’s heart win. Now Paramore is back and darker (and more nu metal) than ever.
After success, media attention, infighting, and the other glorious trappings of rock stardom, the band is back with its follow up to 2007’s Riot! Entitled brand new eyes, the album is from a much more hardened band, driving the thematic flags of broken heartedness and isolation home with much heavier sounds. To demonstrate just how much the band has grown up, Paramore, which spent some time backing up No Doubt, will hit the road at the end of September and thrash through much of the country before ending in its home state of Tennessee in November.
To prove the new-found cynicism, the band filmed a video for the first single “Ignorance”. Featuring the Tennesseans playing in what is either a closet or our first dorm room, Williams spends equal time singing into a light bulb, and convulsing around in a glass tube like a pop-punk Bjork. If that last part doesn’t peak your interest, nothing will.
brand new eyes drops September 29th.
brand new eyes Tracklist:
03. Playing God
04. Brick by Boring Brick
05. Turn It Off
06. The Only Exception
07. Feeling Sorry
08. Looking Up
09. Where the Lines Overlap
10. Misguided Ghosts
11. All I Wanted
Paramore 2009 Tour Dates:
09/29 – Pomona, CA @ The Fox Theater
10/01 – Los Angeles, CA @ Hollywood Palladium
10/02 – San Francisco, CA @ Warfield Theatre
10/04 – Denver, CO @ The Fillmore
10/06 – Kansas City, MO @ Uptown Theater
10/07 – St. Louis, MO @ The Pageant
10/09 – Maplewood, MN @ Myth
10/10 – Chicago, IL @ House of Blues
10/11 – Detroit, MI @ The Fillmore
10/15 – Toronto, ON @ Kool Haus
10/16 – Montclair, NJ @ The Wellmont Theatre
10/17 – Philadelphia, PA @ Electric Factory
10/19 – Boston, MA @ House of Blues
10/21 – New York, NY @ Hammerstein Ballroom
10/24 – Norfolk, VA @ The Norva
10/26 – Orlando, FL @ House of Blues
10/27 – Atlanta, GA @ The Tabernacle
11/01 – Nashville, TN @ Ryman Auditorium