A Paramore pop-up store will be at Sydney’s Golden Age Cinema in Surry Hills on Saturday, 11 February from 10 am to 5 pm, and at the Oshi Gallery in Collingwood – from 12 pm to 5 pm on Sunday, 12 February – to celebrate the release of the band’s sixth album; This Is Why to be released on 10 February.
The event is hosted by Warner Music Australia and will boast “brand new and exclusive merchandise, music and more, including items from their recent US tour merch range.” Anyone who walks in the door also has the chance to win a Paramore flexi disc. Find the Facebook event page here.
Paramore are making a statement with their new album, This Is Why.
The American band returned after a lengthy hiatus in September, releasing the title track and their first new song since 2017’s After Laughter (vocalist Hayley Williams put out two excellent solo albums in 2020, Petals For Armor and 2021, Flowers For Vases / Descansos).
This Is Why is an ear-worm of a track that explores a “plethora of ridiculous emotions” and “the rollercoaster of being alive in 2022”. On the other hand, their latest single, The News, is pointed in commentary and drumming work.
“The News is one of those songs that came together pretty quickly and felt exciting from the start,” Williams revealed in a statement. “It feels like a happy medium between classic Paramore angst and bringing in some influences we’ve always had but never exploited. Watching Zac [Farro] track drums for this one was one of my favourite memories from the studio.”
Lyrically, The News tracks the incomprehensible 24-hour news cycle and the guilt we feel when we switch off to protect our mental health. Talk about relatable.
Recorded in Los Angeles, California, with long-time collaborator Carlos de la Garza, This Is Why features ten new Paramore songs with cover art shot by Zachary Gray.
Paramore performed at the inaugural When We Were Young festival last year – where fans witnessed All I Wanted‘s live debut, and after that, Paramore ran through hits from all their albums, from the tour debuts of Here We Go Again from All We Know Is Falling to Last Hope from their self-titled album.
This Is Why, Paramore’s sixth album, will be released via Atlantic Records on Friday, 10 February 2023. Pre-order the album here.