Thursday, May 7, 2015

Paramore to Set Sail Again on Parahoy! Festival at Sea in 2016


Paramore will once again lift anchors when they embark on their second Parahoy! Festival at Sea next year. The floating concert will take place March 5th - 9th and travel round-trip from Miami to Cozumel, Mexico. Paramore will perform twice during the fest, which has yet to announce the rest of its lineup.

The festival, which will take place on a boat called the Norwegian Pearl, will also feature meet and greets, a Q&A and "Paraoke" with the band and other activities which have yet to be announced. It will also include DJ sets, theme nights, sets by stand-up comedians and "much, much more," according to the fest's website. The fest is currently running a presale that includes a photo with the group and a Parahoy sailor's cap.

The group will hand-pick the artists who perform on the fest. Last year's Parahoy festival featured sets by Tegan and Sara and New Found Glory.

But before the festival, Paramore still have plenty of tour dates to play this year. Earlier this year, frontwoman Hayley Williams told Rolling Stone that she viewed the tour as a victory lap, since the group recently won the Best Rock Song Grammy for their Paramore tune "Ain't It Fun," an LP that hit Number One.

"We never in a million years thought we would win a Grammy, or any of the other crazy things that happened along the way," she said. "So we're thinking of each show as an event, as a way to celebrate our relationship with fans, to celebrate the album and to celebrate the past two years of this band."

Source: RollingStone

Paramore's 'Writing the Future' tour comes to Borgata Friday


Life in Paramore couldn’t be much better than it is now. The group is following a major tour of outdoor amphitheaters last summer with Fall Out Boy with a headlining tour this spring.

Meanwhile, the group — which already has had a platinum album (“2007’s “Riot!”) and a gold album (2009’s “Brand New Eyes”) — has seen its latest album, a 2013 self-titled effort, top the Billboard magazine album chart and “Ain’t It Fun” has become its biggest single to date. The song topped both the Hot Rock Songs and Adult Top 40 charts. A previous single, “Still Into You,” went Top 10 on Billboard’s Mainstream Top 40 and Hot Rock Songs charts.

Less than a year after the summer tour with Fall Out Boy, Paramore will stop in Atlantic City 9 p.m. Friday, May 8, at Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa for their “Writing the Future” tour.

“Everyone seems to be pretty excited about what’s going on with Paramore and that makes us feel awesome,” says Paramore singer Hayley Williams during a teleconference interview.

The success of the self-titled album is more than enough reason to savor the moment as it is. But Williams’ feelings are even more understandable, considering the events that preceded the album.

In December 2010, guitarist Josh Farro and his brother drummer Zac Farro, quit the band, throwing the group’s future into question. While the remaining trio of Williams, guitarist Taylor York and bassist Jeremy Davis quickly made it clear that Paramore would continue, Josh Farro had been Williams’ main songwriting collaborator.

Clearly, there was a void to fill in the creative engine of the group and the remaining trio was going to have to find a way to reinvent itself as a band.

The not-so-easy process began with realizing that the trio needed to reconnect as friends before anything else could happen.

“That alone, before we even got to writing music, that took time,” Williams says. “And it took us making a really valiant effort to get to know one another again as people. So Jeremy and Taylor and I would hang out, usually at Jeremy’s house, because he lives way out in the country. And we would just kind of, like, watch tons of movies or cook a meal. I remember one day there was a crazy snowstorm and Jeremy’s friends built this couch sled and we spent the whole day sledding down this massive hill on a couch, which was wild. It was important for that stuff to happen before we got into a studio.”

Along with bonding as friends, the trio also decided to do a couple of tours — that included guitarists Jon Howard and Justin York and drummer Josh Freese filling out the lineup — before getting to work on the self-titled album. The songs didn’t just start pouring out.

“I remember going over to Taylor’s house, which he has a little studio in his place, a few times where there was just no electricity,”Williams says. “There were a lot of times where Taylor and I would leave really discouraged. Then it happened. Once the first song sort of came out — I think the first song we finished was called ‘Proof,’ which made it to the record — that was the spark that we needed. And they kept rolling out.”

In writing for the album “Paramore,” the band made a key decision not to be defined by the punky, pop-rock of its earlier CDs or any outside expectations for how a Paramore album should sound.

“Ain’t It Fun” may be the best example of the group’s willingness to explore new territory. The rocker has a strong bit of funk to go with its bouncy melody. But there’s also poppier slant to “Daydreaming” and “Grow Up,” and a pensive quality to “Last Hope.”

“I actually feel like we redefined ourselves in the sense that there aren’t as many, what’s the word, it’s not as narrow of a path,” Williams says. “I feel like we’ve broadened our horizons a little bit. We’ve broken through whatever feeling was there before and we’ve kind of discovered that we don’t have to be or meet anyone’s expectations.”

The continued success Paramore is having is creating one complication when it comes to the group’s live show. Choosing a setlist is becoming a challenge.

“It’s crazy when you get into a place where you’re having to fit so many songs into a certain amount of minutes and you’re thinking, like, how are we going to play, first of all, all of the singles, (and) how are we going to play all of the songs that please all of our old-school fans?” she says. “I think it’s going to be really exciting for whatever kind of Paramore fans might be at the show. I feel like we’re hopefully going to make all of them happy.”

Concert Review: 'Writing the Future' With Paramore


The second night of Paramore’s month-long Writing the Future Tour, which kicked off on Monday it Atlanta, GA, was sold out show held in Clearwater, FL at Ruth Eckerd Hall.

Opening for Paramore was Copeland, a band from Lakeland, FL. During their forty-five minute set, the crowd enjoyed hearing songs both old and new. It was fitting to have Copeland open for Paramore for this tour as the roles were once reversed. Lead singer Aaron Marsh explained Paramore’s first show ever in Nashville, TN where they opened for Copeland. He described Hayley Williams as a “pint sized girl with fiery red hair” as she took the stage along with the rest of Paramore, who at the time was nameless. He praised the band by stating that they had already won the audience over before Copeland even began playing, and were thankful to be able to join them again for Writing the Future.

The crowd didn’t have to sit in too much agony as they waited for Paramore to come on. Once the lights dimmed again, everyone was on their feet and cheering. As usual, the band brought on full throttle energy with their sound filling up the room and bouncing off the walls. Lead singer Hayley Williams, bassist Jeremy Davis, and guitarist Taylor York showed their passion through their liveliness and interaction with the audience as they jumped around and head banged their way into each song.

Paramore began their set with "Daydreaming," a track off of their 2013 self-titled album Paramore. Right after the song ended, Hayley kicked off her shoes, commenting that they hurt, and spent the remainder of the show bouncing around in her socks.

Further into the set, Hayley went on to say that this tour was something the band had been discussing ever since they were recording Paramore. As she also stated, it is meant to be set at a different pace, which was presented in the theater setting the show was held in and the fact that the band played songs never heard live from Paramore before. The tour is also the end to an era of the band’s career, the “self-titled life” they have been living ever since the release of Paramore.

The set list included tracks from each of the band’s four studio albums, as well as the B side song "Tell Me It's Okay" and their two tracks off of the Twilight soundtrack, "Decode" and "I Caught Myself." They also played three acoustic songs, "Misguided Ghosts, "Franklin," and "The Only Exception." Their diverse song choices were enjoyable for fans who have been following the band from the beginning, fans who had never been to a Paramore show, and fans who had never heard some of those songs live before.

The crowd sang along to every tune, throwing hands in the air, holding up signs for the band to see, and clapping along where it was necessary. During "[One of Those] Crazy Girls," Hayley made sure to include all the guys in the room as she took turns having the girls sing “Now I’m one of those crazy girls” and then had the guys sing, arousing laughter from the crowd.

Paramore played their Grammy winner "Ain't It Fun" as their “last” song, but everyone knew that the band wasn’t done just yet. After a few minutes of cheering and clapping, they made their way back onto the stage to play "Future." Just as the song goes, they started off slow and low-key. Then it picked up, transitioning into the instrumental piece. Different colors were flashing: blue, green, yellow, pink. There was a spot during the song where it went from loud, to soft, and back to loud again. And it was obvious that each member of the band was fully absorbed in the song by their dynamic, nonstop energy that didn’t end until the last note was played.

Paramore will be touring until the end of May before they close the “self-titled life” chapter and begin yet another adventure together.