Paramore, back on road with ‘The After Laughter Summer Tour,’ soldiers through upheavals, depression
Does Paramore thrive on upheaval?
You might think so, given that singer Hayley Williams is the only member of this Tennessee band’s constantly rotating lineup to perform on all five of Paramore’s studio albums.
Then there’s the series of intra-band lawsuits and charges of “selling out” leveled against the band by some fans and former Paramore members alike.
Add in Williams’ brief marriage to New Found Glory’s Chad Gilbert and her candid public statements about battling depression, and it’s easy to see how anguish — unintended or not — might fuel Paramore.
If so, that anguish is paying musical dividends on the band’s latest album, “After Laughter.”
Or, as Williams, 29, sings on “Hard Times,” the lead-off single: All that I want is a hole in the ground / You can tell me when it’s all right / For me to come out.”
Musically, “After Laughter” completes Paramore’s turn away from the hard-rocking emo and pop-punk styles that brought the band fame and fortune more than a decade ago.
By embracing elements of 1980s pop and rock — with a dash of African high-life rhythms — Williams and her latest band seem to be thriving anew.
Paramore, with Foster The People and Jay Som: 7 p.m. next Thursday, July 19. Mattress Firm Amphitheatre, 2050 Entertainment Circle, Chula Vista. $22.15 to $140 (plus service charges). (800) 745-3000. livenation.com
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