Paramore Has Staying Power and There's Nothing You Can Do About It

Categories: Pop Punk

Paramore is a prime example of a post-Y2K band that made all the right moves. Whether it's marketing -- their inclusion on the "Twilight" soundtrack ("Decode" is still a hell of a song, unlike Death Cab's "Meet Me On The Equinox"), the release of The Singles' Club to stoke the fire between brand new eyes and Paramore -- or the post-pseudo-breakup bounce-back after Josh and Zac Farro's departure and tabloid antics three years ago, it's undeniable that they're as bulletproof as that era got.

They're also a band whose records have seen upward trends over sales lags in the past ten years. For a outfit that once had singles Vanessa Minnillo introduced, debuting a record in 2014 and having it drop at number one is nothing to sniff at -- platinum, gold, whatever, they've got precious metal certification on every album they've released. Charting their LP releases -- 2005, 2007, 2009 and 2013, respectively -- they've also adhered to a pretty sparse release cycle, especially in a day and age where two or three years between major albums is considered an eternity for those who consume media at a Tumblr-worthy rate.

Go find their Youtube channel for a taste of their fan base's rabid appreciation and you'll see millions upon millions of views. Their team is still keyed in, getting the band into the right hands and still attracting fans ten years later to a genre that long ago had its moment.

I am a grown-ass man with an appreciation for a lot of music, but there's still something about the heart-on-sleeve, tongue-in-cheek lyricism and sometimes saccharine coating about Paramore that's still attractive and worthy of note, even if it just hearkens back to my sophomore year of high school.

If nothing else, they're a showcase for a proper and malleable model of how to make a band stick in a violently shifting musical landscape. For me, however, I'm just playing "Pressure" far too loudly next to you at stoplights and possibly singing to you if you're lucky.

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Joe Rollins
Joe Rollins

Didn't like half of their original members leave? That doesn't sound like the right moves are being made.

Lion El Hutz
Lion El Hutz

This reads like an apology from their publicist.

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