Paramore facing 'Hard Times'

2017-04-19 by Christopher Geriak | 146 Comments
Former-pop-punk-band-now-turned-pop-group Paramore have now officially released their latest single, entitled 'Hard Times.' The song is off their upcoming 5th studio album After Laughter, which is scheduled to be released on May 12th. The album also marks the return of Zac Farro on drums since his departure from the band in 2010.

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oisincoleman64
April 19th 2017
1901 Comments


Enjoyable

SowingSeason
Moderator
April 19th 2017
23358 Comments


yikes.

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TheCalebRobinson
April 19th 2017
83 Comments


Well it's definitely different, I'll give it that


Asdfp277
April 19th 2017
13680 Comments


pretty conventional for that style of pop rock -- kinda bite-less. the 'rock bottom' part was dumb.

JohnDillinger
April 19th 2017
187 Comments


Well it's definetely ting tings. I'll give it that

henryChinaski
April 19th 2017
3673 Comments


Had no idea Zak is back playing the drums, his solo stuff is pretty good. Song is decent.

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theacademy
Staff Reviewer
April 19th 2017
30456 Comments


sweet that zac farro is back, he was def the second best part of this band way back when

WatchItExplode
April 19th 2017
4720 Comments


well...I liked the video effects

SandwichBubble
April 19th 2017
2076 Comments


Can 80s nostalgia please end now? It's done nothing but make things worse

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Asdfp277
April 19th 2017
13680 Comments


yea it's very cyndi lauper

Lucid
April 19th 2017
7719 Comments


fun song with no substance

BlushfulHippocrene
April 19th 2017
1152 Comments


Well, it's better than the pop songs on Paramore. Kinda fun, wouldn't mind hearing this on the radio.

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insomniac15
Staff Reviewer
April 19th 2017
4227 Comments


it's catchy, but after 5 listens it will probably wear off.

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cor22222
April 19th 2017
72 Comments


Cool song.

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cor22222
April 19th 2017
72 Comments


The video is nice and artistic. It's good for graphic designers :D

sempiturtle
April 19th 2017
742 Comments


3-3.5 just cause I like Hayley's vocals a lot.

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Asdfp277
April 19th 2017
13680 Comments


don't like the outfit hayley's wearing, the aesthetics of the video are professional but pretty mundane for the 2010s

JayEnder
April 19th 2017
222 Comments


Okay these article titles are so overused now its practically a meme

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thediamondcanopy
April 19th 2017
521 Comments


I feel like this is a pretty cool homage to 80s songwriting and those aesthetics. Like Madness or Crowded House. Just a really cool and well written song. Also getting a little Talking Heads in the verses.

TenSecondsToThink
April 19th 2017
1563 Comments


i'm not buying hayley in this song. she's not chill enough to pull off this style. her vocals in the bridge could be in any other paramore song. it feels like she can't break out of her usual songwriting. all in all it makes her sound fake. instrumentation is amazing though. can't believe i'd call hayley the weak link one day

Asdfp277
April 19th 2017
13680 Comments


yeah it feels forced, idk

widowslaugh123
April 19th 2017
639 Comments


Bad

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kascetcadettt
April 19th 2017
1602 Comments


so this is not pop punk? fuck this then

kascetcadettt
April 19th 2017
1602 Comments


prob another tegan and sara album

Divaman
April 19th 2017
723 Comments


Glad to see Zac Farro back on drums.

Asdfp277
April 19th 2017
13680 Comments


tegan and sara are better than this

anarchistfish
April 19th 2017
25685 Comments


boring

cylinder
April 19th 2017
391 Comments


so that's it then. we're never gonna hear another 'Monster.' just more and more costumes. yuck what a waste of Zac

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sharkmsc
April 19th 2017
110 Comments


Zac and Hayley can utilize their talents better than this. Song is good, but their core style is more suited to their sound as well as their skillsets.

StKiyo
April 19th 2017
346 Comments


It sounds like a bad duran duran worship, and even duran duran is shit to start with

Asdfp277
April 19th 2017
13680 Comments


^i got the same vibe too lol

trackbytrackreviews
April 19th 2017
3130 Comments


pop more like poop amirite guys

Asdfp277
April 19th 2017
13680 Comments


poop pop, kinda

SnakeDelilah
April 19th 2017
18939 Comments


bad song

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SteakByrnes
April 19th 2017
2604 Comments


It's good to see Zac back

This is growing on me

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nedical
April 19th 2017
3 Comments


reminds me of Misterwives

Shamus248
April 19th 2017
238 Comments


another band bites the dust

FullOfSounds
April 19th 2017
14555 Comments


"reminds me of Misterwives"
this is a good thing

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LethalPaintball
April 19th 2017
186 Comments


song is okay but i cant tell why its not clicking with me entirely yet
instrumentals are upbeat and never get too repetitive, hayleys voice is as great as ever, but i still dont get why its not clicking

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CaliggyJack
April 19th 2017
1651 Comments


not bad

LightChaotic
April 19th 2017
82 Comments


the 'rock bottom' part was dumb.[2]

Other than that it's fine. Pretty ok actually.

AdoreSwancore
April 19th 2017
107 Comments


"Can 80s nostalgia please end now? It's done nothing but make things worse" [2]

This song is just annoying from start to finish

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Storm In A Teacup
April 19th 2017
21626 Comments


5/5 as always

ABjordanMM
April 19th 2017
1658 Comments


drums were the best part of the song believe it or not.

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SteakByrnes
April 19th 2017
2604 Comments


I really hate that rock bottom part

bentheREDfan
April 19th 2017
326 Comments


It's time to stop.

bentheREDfan
April 19th 2017
326 Comments


It's time to stop.

micrill50
April 19th 2017
4 Comments


Was hoping for it to go in a more post punk direction. Tho this is some 80s aesthetic stuff.

avery14th
April 19th 2017
35 Comments


decent, agreed with everyone that the rock bottom part is indeed dumb

literallyzach
April 19th 2017
146 Comments


I think this is kind of cute actually

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ProjectFreak
April 19th 2017
1822 Comments


better than last album. not a high bar to clear

Tunaboy45
April 19th 2017
14439 Comments


Ugh

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NorwichScene
April 19th 2017
2165 Comments


I like it, solid 3.5. Interested to hear the album now

kingjulian
April 19th 2017
1399 Comments


Video overlays were cool I guess

neekafat
April 19th 2017
1790 Comments


As much as I love Paramore, this isn't too great. Definitely better than "Grow Up" and such, but those choruses are shite. Outro and Blondie influence is fun tho

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3waycrash
April 19th 2017
104 Comments


Wasn't really feeling it initially, but it's grown on me a little. It's catchy, but I can see it kind of wearing off eventually with a lot of overplay. Still hopeful that the album will be enjoyable.

oisincoleman64
April 19th 2017
1901 Comments


What's with this site's vendetta against new Paramore that no other music site seems to have?

heyadam
April 19th 2017
1907 Comments


damn, had no idea Zac was back in the band.

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daysofthunder
April 19th 2017
21 Comments


This is way better than anything on their last album tbh.

Asdfp277
April 19th 2017
13680 Comments


it's better than the singles, but "part ii" is better

Green Baron
April 19th 2017
23152 Comments


ok fuck this song

cylinder
April 19th 2017
391 Comments


"What's with this site's vendetta against new Paramore"

it sucks

Toondude10
April 19th 2017
10817 Comments


Imagine if Aaron Gillespie actually stayed in the band, still though it's nice to see Zak back.

Song is catchy, but can't say I enjoy it that much

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AmericanFlagAsh
April 19th 2017
8021 Comments


Oh I really like this!

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trackbytrackreviews
April 19th 2017
3130 Comments


Aaron Gillespie had more talent than the entire rest of the band combined so, probably not

AmericanFlagAsh
April 19th 2017
8021 Comments


This will probably be my favorite Paramore album tbh

Hellscythe
April 19th 2017
1697 Comments


this is aight

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Sinternet
April 19th 2017
13129 Comments


hayley has helped me through some hard times, if you know what i mean

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Sinternet
April 19th 2017
13129 Comments


if you don't, i probably covered my copy of Riot with jizz when i was 13

Asdfp277
April 19th 2017
13680 Comments


that's gross

Dewinged
April 19th 2017
3640 Comments


Wow disappointed.

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bloc
April 19th 2017
40763 Comments


What a fucking joke

AmericanFlagAsh
April 19th 2017
8021 Comments


Lol only on Sputnik would people prefer their annoying pop punk 2000s shit

Asdfp277
April 19th 2017
13680 Comments


why is your taste in music so awful

who hurt u

AmericanFlagAsh
April 19th 2017
8021 Comments


Speak for yourself buddy ;)

RFO13
April 19th 2017
79 Comments


it must be jarring seeing them live and hearing songs like this and "aint it fun" next to rippers like "careful" and "ignorance"

That being said the song is actually pretty good...but the 'rock bottom' part was dumb.[3]

BrainlessLoser
April 19th 2017
20 Comments


This song is great.

WetHarmonica1916
April 19th 2017
10 Comments


Jesus Christ.............. I use to dig this band?

cylinder
April 19th 2017
391 Comments


"Lol only on Sputnik would people prefer their annoying pop punk 2000s shit"

is this a joke

zaruyache
April 19th 2017
16606 Comments


Can we go back to being a rock band now please.

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Cygnatti
April 19th 2017
31301 Comments


80s pop revival is awesome, but this sounds too forced. :/ kinda fun tho.

GreyShadow
April 19th 2017
1425 Comments


This is good/really fun but that rock bottom part is cringey as hell. Just knowing that it exists in the song makes it less enjoyable of a listen

ShaquilleONeal
April 20th 2017
182 Comments


Paramore has never really been good. I sense another 1 with this album.

Asdfp277
April 20th 2017
13680 Comments


u don't deserve that username

VaxXi
April 20th 2017
3503 Comments


this is pretty good i really dunno what youre all on about

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ScorpionStan
April 20th 2017
1889 Comments


God this site is so fucking pretentious.

This is PARAMORE we're talking about, not fucking Tool or Radiohead or Deftones. The hell did you all expect? They've emphasized the POP side of their pop/rock for most of their career. Remember That's What You Get? Both poppier and cheesier than this new song -- and it was recorded 10 years ago.

So let's please stop it with the ridiculous expectations, just makes you look all the more foolish for ever attaching any kind of deep significance to this band's sound in the first place.

Asdfp277
April 20th 2017
13680 Comments


nah, their older music is definitely different

their older music is better and isn't 80s pop rock worship to the point of being kinda cringy

paramore on average is better than tool tbh

Asdfp277
April 20th 2017
13680 Comments


oh wait you're 14

hasan
April 20th 2017
452 Comments


it is good but they should re name the band it is more pop their used to be a some punk and hard hits on drumming

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SteakByrnes
April 20th 2017
2604 Comments


This is super fun, I just wish that rock bottom part got scrapped. Don't know what the hell they were thinking about with that

brandontaylor
April 20th 2017
455 Comments


the duran duran comparison seems the most accurate, but in a good way. this is really fun even if the rock bottom part as others have said is dumb.

ShaquilleONeal
April 20th 2017
182 Comments


Ohh, get over yourself scorpion. If you are going to throw the word pretentious around, go to any Kendrick Lamar news article or DAMN! review and read people's comments that just ooze all over him.

ShaquilleONeal
April 20th 2017
182 Comments


"This is super fun, I just wish that rock bottom part got scrapped. Don't know what the hell they were thinking about with that"

Honestly, Pararmore is at the point of their careers where they can release whatever the hell they want, and it will get a ton of plays on spotify and a lot of buys on itunes.

SteakByrnes
April 20th 2017
2604 Comments


Yea that's true Shaq, I'm just glad that I liked something that this band put out for the first time in like 6 years haha

ShaquilleONeal
April 20th 2017
182 Comments


Maybe this will give me a better perspective on this song, what did you like about it, Steak?

hasan
April 20th 2017
452 Comments


maybe.... you could hit a better free throw with the basket ball LOL

Hasan

user
April 20th 2017
1470 Comments


Paraless

SteakByrnes
April 20th 2017
2604 Comments


I really liked the guitar line, it was pretty infectious. The chorus was also pretty damn catchy, I honestly dig the 80s vibe that it gives off, and Hayley's voice is always a highlight to me. The best thing about it tho was the drum work; Zac really knows how to play some tasteful drums. It just really clicked with me

cylinder
April 20th 2017
391 Comments


hayley's voice is usually a highlight for me too but not when she's faking it

Asdfp277
April 20th 2017
13680 Comments


drums were great, simple as they might be

Nomos
April 20th 2017
1279 Comments


Ew that post chorus rock bottom shit. I want to like this but can't.

Sinternet
April 20th 2017
13129 Comments


she trying real hard to be debbie harry in that vid

even debbie harry can't do debbie harry anymore

neekafat
April 20th 2017
1790 Comments


Brand New Eyes>Paramore>Riot!>All We Know Is Falling

neekafat
April 20th 2017
1790 Comments


If we're gonna get down to it

SteakByrnes
April 20th 2017
2604 Comments


Riot and All We Know Is Falling are my one and two, I love those albums. The rest of their discography has not been my cup of tea

sempiturtle
April 20th 2017
742 Comments


Brand New Eyes>Paramore>Riot!>All We Know Is Falling

[2]

But Singles Club might just be better than any of their albums.

SteakByrnes
April 20th 2017
2604 Comments


Singles Club was very good agreed, but I don't think it's better than Riot, no sir

ScorpionStan
April 20th 2017
1889 Comments


@Asdfp277 "Paramore on average is better than Tool"

lol

As for the rest, yeah obviously Paramore's older music is different. That's not my point. My point is that #1 they've always leaned pop, and #2 their old stuff isn't "better" just because there was less synth and more distorted guitar. That's just a simplistic, narrow-minded, dumb opinion. Get over yourself and the whole "they don't sound exactly like they used to" shtick. It's the mark of a lazy and naive music listener.

Oh, and maybe check the "Joined" date on my profile before you do the whole age insult thing. As if this site needs more of that.

ScorpionStan
April 20th 2017
1889 Comments


This song has by far the best groove of their entire discography.

Sinternet
April 20th 2017
13129 Comments


you seem really butthurt about something

ScorpionStan
April 20th 2017
1889 Comments


I'm butthurt about other people being butthurt lol

Can we not just enjoy a catchy, well-composed pop song?

SteakByrnes
April 20th 2017
2604 Comments


No, you're not allowed to like things

ScorpionStan
April 20th 2017
1889 Comments


Oh I forgot, that's rule #1 of Sputnik isn't it? With the exception of Brand New, obv

SteakByrnes
April 20th 2017
2604 Comments


I still have never listened to The Devil And God tbh, don't plan on listening to it either

AmericanFlagAsh
April 20th 2017
8021 Comments


Paramore's older music sucks

Lucid
April 20th 2017
7719 Comments


it's a pretty 'basic bitch' pop rock song. aimed well at its target demographic

Asdfp277
April 20th 2017
13680 Comments


"their old stuff isn't "better" just because there was less synth and more distorted guitar"

that's not the reason, but it's infinitely better

"Oh, and maybe check the 'Joined' date on my profile before you do the whole age insult thing. As if this site needs more of that"

somehow that makes it worse

AmericanFlagAsh
April 20th 2017
8021 Comments


It's really not

cheapcrayon
April 20th 2017
31 Comments


This is not good. Album cover is bad too.

zaruyache
April 20th 2017
16606 Comments


"Can we not just enjoy a catchy, well-composed pop song?"

point me to one, cus this one ain't it.

TalonsOfFire
Staff Reviewer
April 20th 2017
15322 Comments


This is really good, band never disappoints. Glad to see Zac is back.

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gryndstone
April 20th 2017
754 Comments


feels like a bad take on the newest Neon Trees album

ehhhhh

ShaquilleONeal
April 20th 2017
182 Comments


"Can we not just enjoy a catchy, well-composed pop song?"

Lol. Well-composed.

Flugmorph
April 20th 2017
15400 Comments


well i'll be damned



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VaxXi
April 20th 2017
3503 Comments


I feel bad for liking this song because it means I associate with all the morons ITT

Flugmorph
April 20th 2017
15400 Comments


song is fun tbh

SweeneyTodd
April 20th 2017
1156 Comments


I think The 1975 should sue

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Crymsonblaze
April 20th 2017
8075 Comments


her voice does not fit the style at all. also it's just really boring. a bad 80s song for sure

AmericanFlagAsh
April 20th 2017
8021 Comments


She sounds great

cylinder
April 20th 2017
391 Comments


she sounds poop

Asdfp277
April 20th 2017
13680 Comments


she sings great, but her voice doesn't feel as good on this kind of music as it did with the first three albums

to elaborate further, i think her voice just isn't suited for vapid, 'mindless fun' music. most pop musicians can, but she just sounds out of place, her voice is too 'grounded' for that stuff

Lucid
April 20th 2017
7719 Comments


^great explanation asdfp, i agree that her vocals don't fit too well

FullOfSounds
April 20th 2017
14555 Comments


I like this

gryndstone
April 20th 2017
754 Comments


asdfp is right. her voice is especially out of place in the verses. Her voice and the instruments just don't match up well.

gryndstone
April 20th 2017
754 Comments


asdfp is right. her voice is especially out of place in the verses. Her voice and the instruments just don't match up well.

Asdfp277
April 20th 2017
13680 Comments


hate to compare again to the old paramore, but her voice sounds perfect for songs like "that's what you get", "misguided ghosts" and the like, like it's too 'mature' for this kind of music; avril lavigne is one example of voice that fits well this style, as well as shakira when she wants to.

her timbre is too dramatic idk, it lacks histrionism. perhaps a more nasal tone, or just sound a tad more 'screechy'

AmericanFlagAsh
April 20th 2017
8021 Comments


I like this too Sounds

NewBallistics
April 20th 2017
647 Comments


Like usual, if it didn't sound so robotic I'd probably like it.

cylinder
April 20th 2017
391 Comments


right on asdfp, and this is the awkward result of an entire unnecessary genre shift

cylinder
April 20th 2017
391 Comments


wow fascinating

pjquinones747
April 21st 2017
1502 Comments


S/T

gap

this

gap

everything else

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anarchistfish
April 21st 2017
25685 Comments


bne will forever be their best album

Clegane
April 21st 2017
19 Comments


am i b&?

edit: cool.

Supaduck0
April 21st 2017
123 Comments


Josh Farro still masturbates over her, guaranteed. He seems like that repressed, overly romantic Christian type who would do just that. I bet he wanted to rejoin too, but was wracked with guilt over the fact he cant stop fumbling over her late at night. He can't face her in person and his wife suspects something.

anarchistfish
April 21st 2017
25685 Comments


^lol

erizen826
April 26th 2017
828 Comments


This is super fun. Excited for the album.



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