Paramore is one of the top young rock bands in the world. Formed in 2004, they’ve been rising ever since. Paramore is headlined by lead vocalist (and keyboardist) Hayley Williams, who has become famous for her bright personality and attitude-heavy singing style. Between the breakneck pace of their music and their colorful, creative videos, they’ve gained a huge following, and their music has grown with every album. They’re a very young and passionate band, and there’s no reason to think that Paramore won’t continue to be successful well into this decade.
The Paramore band is made up of the aforementioned Hayley Williams, drummer Zac Farro, lead guitarist Josh Farro, rhythm guitarist Taylor York and bassist Jeremy Davis. The band has gone through a few member changes, most notably with Davis leaving and returning, but Williams and both Zac and Josh Farro have stayed consistent. They formed as a group with all of the members still very yound (Williams was only 15), and they saw immediate success with their first album, 2005’s All We Know is Falling. Despite their American Roots, they were dramatically more successful in the UK. This helped to establish them as an international pop-rock band, and laid the foundation for their future success.
There second album, Riot!, was released in 2007, and saw them established as true international stars. The album went gold (500,000 albums sold) in the UK, New Zealand, Australia and Canada. It also went platinum in the US. Riot! was spearheaded by lead single “Misery Business,” which Williams called “the most honest thing I’ve ever written.” Their next album, Brand New Eyes, was released in 2009, and is their best-selling album to date. It is also their most critically successful, with many critics hailing it as their most compact and artistically inspired effort. Even their music videos have been very successful, earning praise for their colorful backgrounds and creative concepts.
Paramore is a band that is still on the rise, and we don’t know where their plateau is. As of right now, they are touring around the world on the strength of their last album. They’ll be in the UK this summer as one of the bands headline the 2010 Reading Festival, and they’ll be on tour until late September at the very least. As far as touring, they’re a very prolific band, and you can find all of their touring information at their Website, paramore.net.
The sky is the limit for Paramore, as their songs reveal a passion and skill that isn’t rivaled by very many bands. Singer Hayley Williams has established herself as one of the most recognizable voices and faces in rock music, which gives the band a firm place in mainstream music worldwide. It remains to be seen if this young band will continue to grow into the next decade, but one thing is for certain; in some capacity, Paramore is here to stay.