As if you needed more.
Paramore have been in the studio over the last couple of months, which (obviously) got us all excited about the prospect of a new album all over again.
Here's why we reckon it'll be their best yet...
THE LAST ONE WAS AMAZING
‘Paramore’ was brilliant. Are we all agreed? ‘Ain’t It Fun’? ‘Still Into You’? ‘Now’? Yeah, they all ruled.
Now imagine how great it’d be if the band who wrote that album had three years’ worth of experiences, shows, and ideas in the bag to inspire their next chapter… oh wait, that’s exactly what happened!
IT MIGHT HAVE SOME AWESOME GUEST SPOTS...
Over the past 12 months, Hayley Williams has appeared onstage with CHVRCHES, collaborated with singer-songwriter Joy Williams, appeared in a Taylor Swift video as superhero The Crimson Curse, featured on a New Found Glory song and joined them onstage dressed as the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man from Ghostbusters.
Oh, and she played Dashboard Confessional’s ‘Hands Down’ with Chris Carrabba and Taylor Swift at a birthday party in April. As you do. That’s a pretty awesome list of people to have in your phone contacts if you wanted a guest spot or two on your new album. Hmmmm.
IT MIGHT HAVE SOME (LESS LIKELY) AWESOME GUEST SPOTS
In case you hadn’t noticed, Hayley Williams and New Found Glory’s Chad Gilbert have a dog. He’s called Alf, he's absolutely adorable and he’s everywhere.
The pooch has already helped announce the line-up for this year’s Parahoy cruise, so who knows – maybe he’ll lend some animal magic to the album.
Or maybe not. Probably not. We’re just getting carried away now. Sorry.
THEY'RE GREAT AT MOVING ON
“To be honest, this has been really painful,” admitted the band when they parted ways with bassist Jeremy Davis just before Christmas. Losing a member does always suck, but if we’ve learned anything about Paramore over the years, it’s that they excel when the odds are stacked against them. That amazing self-titled album? They penned it after Josh and Zac Farro left the band.
Never, ever write this band off.
MASSIVE, MASSIVE SONGS
You might have noticed that aside from being brilliant at their own shows, Paramore are headlining and triumphing at enormous festivals now. They topped the bill at Reading and Leeds in 2014, and you can bet such experiences will inspire equally weighty music. Those shows aren’t going to be getting smaller any time soon, after all.
This is the band who launched their own festival, but did it on a boat. Much like Paramore, the Parahoy cruise is unlike anything else in modern rock music. And as well as doing it with the old crowd like NFG and mewithoutYou, this year they hooked up with CHVRCHES and Lights, too.
That’s the sign of a band who are broadening their horizons in a big way.
THIS IS THEIR FIFTH ALBUM
What do Bring Me The Horizon’s ‘That’s The Spirit’, ‘Death Of A Bachelor’ by Panic! At The Disco and A Day To Remember’s ‘Common Courtesy’ have in common? They’re all each band’s fifth full-length effort, that’s what.
We’re not sure what it is, but there’s something about most fifth albums that makes them legendary. Aside from anything else, surely that means the new Paramore album – if and when it comes – will go down in history.
THE BAND ARE AS EXCITED AS US
“You’re needed in the future, where a newer, stronger version of you is waiting. Ugh, I have no idea what is next for Paramore but I can’t wait to find out,” wrote Hayley as she looked back at the self-titled album last March.
She added: “Life is CUHHH-RAAAAZY. But it’s all the good kind of crazy. I’m pinching myself in between pulling my faded and frizzy orange hair out. It’s amazing.”
Do you know what happy people make? They make great albums. We hope. We don’t have frizzy orange hair, but if we did we’d be pulling great big clumps of it out in excitement, too.
This feature originally appeared in issue 209 of Rock Sound. Panic! At The Disco's Brendon Urie graces the cover of this month's magazine, available worldwide!