Track Review – ‘Hard Times’ by Paramore

Before tears and After Laughter, somewhere in the middle, there is the utter joy of knowing that Paramore are well and truly back in full force.

Teasing fans by unveiling the album cover over on their Facebook page, the band have FINALLY unveiled what their fans have been waiting on for YEARS now. This is Hard Times.

Different from the band’s usual sound of straight in your face epic guitar riffs, Hayley, Taylor and Zac (who has returned to the band after leaving in 2010) have opted for some tropical vibes before the drums and guitar riffs kick in.

Once the chorus gets into full swing, you will have your whole body dancing along to the melody which has more of a bubblegum-esque pop feel rather than a throwback to their All We Know Is Falling and RIOT! days. With lyrics so infectious it’ll get stuck in your head for days, it’s a strong comeback for the Tennessee trio.

The video for the Hard Times is nothing short of a colour palette’s dream. With the artistic flair creating stunning visuals and extremely retro tying in perfectly with the theme of the song, kudos to Andrew Joffe and the production team behind the video!

Not what was to be expected but overall it was a successful surprise to open and Paramore, don’t leave it so long next time please?

Their highly anticipated album After Laughter will be released on May 12th via Fueled By Ramen. Pre-Order bundles are available to purchase here.

The band have just announced a UK & Ireland tour including a Scottish show at Edinburgh’s Usher Hall on June 22nd!

Tour dates are as follows:


15th – Olympia, Dublin
16th – Waterfront, Belfast
18th – O2 Apollo, Manchester
19th – Royal Albert Hall, London
21st – Colston Hall, Bristol
22nd – Usher Hall, Edinburgh

More information and ticket links will be available from!

Words by Tracey Faye McIntyre


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