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The other day Paramore did a listening party for a few fans in Sydney. The fans that won got to listen to 5 new songs and was given a USB stick with a snippet of the song Daydreaming on it. Someone was kind enough to upload a 33 second preview.
Why did I not pack my computer for this trip?
I’m on an iPad mini. It’s ridiculously difficult to type on this thing so you’ll have to forgive me if this ends up being short or I misspell everything… I just wanted to share a lyric from a new song called “Part ll” with you guys since we’ve played it for a few people here in Sydney and the word is out! For years now, “Let The Flames Begin” has been a favorite of ours to play live, as well as being a favorite of most people who come out to our shows…. We wanted it to have a sequel. “Part ll” is it!
We played 5 songs for people tonight and although I’m not gonna share lyrics from all 5 just yet, I am gonna post a few lines like I said tonight. Aaand I’ll post some lines from a couple others over the next week while we’re still out here down under.
I chose to share these chorus lyrics first because there are a couple similar themes to “Now” throughout this one… I feel like we are still in the first chapter of a whole new story. And while a lot of this story involves redemption and having fought what seemed like an endless fight (within ourselves), it will only make coming out alive on the other end that much sweeter. There is so much brightness and joy to come from other songs on the rest of the album. I like the contrast that the shadows cast. It was all our dark moments, ones that inspired songs like “Part ll” and “Now”, which actually made us more appreciative of the ease and happiness in our new found hope. So take heart if you’re seemingly stuck under a rain cloud… You won’t always have to fight so hard to stay dry. Relish this moment too… You might find some strength in that surrender. Or you might just do what we did and write a song.
(Tonight meant so much to us. Finally sharing some of this album with anybody outside the media was such a treat and quite honestly a huge relief! Thanks to those who won tickets for being so cool and for genuinely being excited about a fully renewed Paramore.)
“Dancing all alone
To the sound of an enemy’s song
I’ll be lost until you find me…
Fighting on my own
In a war that’s already been won
I’ll be lost until you come and find me here, oh glory.”
Paramore had an exclusive listening party for some of their Australian fans in Sydney, Australia, today. Warner Music Australia held a contest and 20 lucky fans were able to participate, hear five songs off of ‘Paramore’ and meet the band themselves. The band will be doing another listening party in another Australian city the day after the tomorrow.
Caitlin Chaden, 18, was one of the lucky fans that got to experience this listening party. She posted a review of the songs and the event on her Tumblr, read the original post here.
Tonight I was lucky enough to be one of about 20 people to hear 5 brand new songs from Paramore’s unreleased album! It was all very official and we weren’t allowed cameras or phones and they had to use a metal detector type thing on us before we went in! We went into the studio and sat down and waited for Hayley, Taylor and Jeremy to come in. Finally they came in and sat down and just talked a little bit about how nervous they were to be showing us the songs but how stoked they were as well. Then they left to sit next door and we got to listen to the songs. We heard “Fast In My Car”, “Still Into You”, “Last Hope”, “Ain’t it Fun” and “Part II”. I will try my best to remember details about the songs but as you can imagine it went by so quickly and 5 songs is a lot of stuff to remember!
‘Fast In My Car’ – Was quite ‘poppy’ and upbeat. A really fun song that kinda sounded like friends jamming out together.
“Still Into You” – A love type song. Really fun and sweet! Lyrics ‘I should be over the butterflies but I’m still into you’ (THESE LYRICS ARE NOT 100% CORRECT BUT THEY ARE VAGUELY WHAT I REMEMBER HEARING)
“Last Hope” – I don’t really remember a lot about this song which sucks because I know that I really loved it! I have a feeling that this one had an amazing start to it. I really nice guitar riff and a slow start before picking up to a faster pace.
“Ain’t it Fun” – Was wonderful. This is the song that the gospel choir were used on. Hayley had some amazing vocal runs/solos towards the end. The choir made it awesome. It fit so perfectly.
“Part II” – There have been rumours about the fact that this song was a follow on from Let The Flames Begin off of RIOT! and they were TRUE! It is in fact a part two of LTFB and starts off with the lyrics “what a shame we all became such fragile broken things” other lyrics included something about a “spark’ and if you recall from LTFB there were lyrics “a memory remains just a tiny spark”. You can definitely hear links between the two.. both lyrically and musically but it is a whole new song. Towards the end there’s an instrumental and it leads into the ‘Monster’ outro they’ve been playing at shows over the past year. As soon as I heard the drums start I knew it was coming and I got so excited! I sang along because I LOVE that outro and it just fit in so perfectly with the rest of the song.
I think that “Part II” would have to be my favourite. Followed closely by “Still Into You” then “Last Hope”, “Ain’t it Fun” and “Fast in My Car”. They are so close together though it’s almost impossible for me to list them in order of my favourite. All I know is that they all sounded amazing. They had a different vibe and tone to them but they just felt so right. This version of Paramore is right. It’s meant to be. Not that the other version wasn’t good…but it’s nice to see that Hayley, Taylor and Jeremy have completely found who they are as Paramore. Tonight I finally got to meet my favourite band and hug them and ask them questions. It was all so lovely. They are my favourite band for a reason and that reason was proven tonight. Paramore is and always will be my favourite band.
The titles for Paramore’s new album’s B-sides have surfaced. According to various resources these B-sides will be released when the ‘Paramore’ limited edition bundles are shipped to the people who purchased them, can’t wait for April!
18. Native Tongue [Hayley Williams, Taylor York];
19. Escape Route [Hayley Williams, Taylor York];
20. Tell Me It’s Okay [Hayley Williams, Taylor York, Justin M-Johnsen].
The music video for Now premiered on MTV tonight. Watch it by clicking the picture below and share your thoughts in the comments!
MTV also released a previously recorded interview with the band. You can find the rest of the interview here.
Paramore released a clip of the music video for Now. The whole video will premiere on Monday, February 11th on MTV.