You know a band’s famous when, months after it’s happened, the world is still talking about the singer going blonde, and they’re only just losing Grammies to megastars like Amy Winehouse by a whisker.
And boy are Paramore famous. Having sold out both the SECC and Wembley Arena, Paramore have eclipsed predecessors Fall Out Boy as the biggest pop punk band on the planet. The only person mighty enough to keep their latest album off the top spot in the US charts was Babs Streisand.
It hasn’t all been plain sailing, though. Just last year it was looking like Paramore were suffering from burnout. They cancelled their planned Glasgow gig and the rest of their European tour and flew home to America. Tensions in the band were widely reported, with guitarist Taylor York confessing that the rest of the band were furious about frequently being mistaken for Williams’ backing musicians. Paramore now acknowledge that at that stage they were no longer friends, but merely ‘business partners’.
Miraculously, the band moved forward, with vocalist Hayley Williams locking herself in her bedroom to write the lyrics to the resulting smash hit album Brand New Eyes. The band appeared to find their feet and landed themselves a spot on this summer’s mammoth ‘No Doubt’ comeback tour.
If you’re into pop punk that’s more pop than punk, Paramore are a must see. Just cross your fingers they’re en route to the SECC rather than on a plane home. The jury’s certainly out on their longevity.
SECC, Glasgow, Thu 10 Dec