The band took to Twitter to discuss the lyrics of the 'After Laughter' single and the concept behind the incredible live version on Colbert.
Paramore have opened up about the meaning behind the lyrics to their current single 'Rose-Colored Boy'.
The band performed the track earlier this week on The Late Show With Stephen Colbert and have since taken to Twitter to explain the thought process behind the song, tapping into the theme of finding happiness through difficult times that was present throughout 2017 album 'After Laughter':
Rose-Colored Boy is a song about feeling pressured to look at the world with blind optimism when you actually feel very hopeless about the world & your part in it. there is so much social pressure to be (or appear to be) “happy” that we can actually feel shame when we aren’t. 1/3 pic.twitter.com/STiu3U44eZ— paramore (@paramore) May 3, 2018
Adding shame to sadness is a pretty toxic cocktail. It’s hard enough to deal with sadness, depression, or any type of anxiety without the added societal expectations. It’s important & more healing to meet ppl where they’re at - EMPATHY - than to try & paint everything rosy. 2/3— paramore (@paramore) May 3, 2018
Thx @colbertlateshow for letting us perform our song on television. We hope that somewhere out there, staring into a screen, someone was made to feel less alone by the ideas in Rose-Colored Boy. 3/3 https://t.co/KYBxSUrR1Q— paramore (@paramore) May 3, 2018
Furthermore, Hayley Williams responded to a fan's question about the choreography and themes of the Colbert performance itself, offering a further insight into the band's creative process:
the promotional side of what we do can feel pretty uncomfortable to us. think the colbert set was about us performing in an alternate world that v much looks like our own bubble- and me representing the nervousness of having people poke a hole in the bubble and peer in...— hayley from Paramore (@yelyahwilliams) May 3, 2018
Check out the performance in the video below:
Paramore will tour the US through the summer beginning June 12th, with support from Foster The People.