Paramore – Colston Hall, Bristol – 21/06/2017 – LIVE REVIEW

Paramore, Colston Hall, Bristol, 21/06/2017, Photo Credit: Liana Pujol Photo Edit: Hayley Smith

Paramore. Are. Back.

My word they were missed.

For too long now fans nationwide have debated what venues would house the inevitably ground-breaking return of Paramore to UK shores. But, as ever, the Nashville now-trio took everybody by surprise. And so it was that we got to see Paramore in Bristol’s Colston Hall.

My word that’s a small venue to see a Grammy winning band in.

All of the publicity for new album, After Laughter, tells us that it’s been nearly three years since the self-titled sensation that was Paramore’s fourth album was released. That can’t be true. Can it?!

My word it really has been three years.

Paramore, much like the three albums that preluded it, seemed to break with convention. Just as the whole community thought they had Paramore penned they released a self-deprecating, almost vicious masterpiece and the world went wild.

My word, they’ve done it again.

The anger that coloured that album undoubtedly had its roots within the internal politics Paramore were caught up in at the time.

For all the drama that has persistently followed the band since then, it really is remarkable to see that not one member of Paramore has ever looked happier than they did on the Colston Hall stage.

My word they had fun. We all did.

Whilst debut album, All We Know Is Falling, was given the cold shoulder most other iconic tracks were lovingly welcomed by us, the fans that group up with and alongside Paramore.

That’s What You Get, Brick by Boring Brick and Ain’t It Fun were all performed with the same ferocity they

Paramore, Colston Hall, Bristol, 21/06/2017, Photo Credit: Liana Pujol Photo Edit: Hayley Smith

always have been. Make no mistake, Paramore have not turned their back on their past. Instead they are embracing it, enjoying it, and moving forward.

My word have they come a long way.

In the spirit of moving forward, After Laughter dominated tonight’s set. Fake Happy, Rose Coloured Boy and Caught In The Middle might not have been what fans were expecting when it was announced that Paramore No.5 was finally happening.

My word it might not have even seemed like it was really Paramore.

But see them played live, just once, and you’ll instantly get it. This is Paramore, at least.

See, you might be asking the wrong Hayley, but the way I see it – After Laughter represents a genuinely honest feeling.

It’s different from screaming, yelling and pointing the finger. It’s more like understanding what’s happened, what’s happening and what’s going to happen.

My word it’s about acceptance.

It’s about accepting who you are, what you want and how you feel. Yes, sometimes it’s quieter, and it feels a

Paramore, Colston Hall, Bristol, 21/06/2017, Photo Credit: Liana Pujol Photo Edit: Hayley Smith

little like the fight might have fallen out of it. Life can sometimes make you feel that way.

Paramore have adopted a completely different method of marketing, of communicating and of just being – focusing more on the ideas of friendship and being genuine and it could not be more evident in their live show.

From a cover of Fleetwood Mac’s Everywhere to seeing new/OG drummer Zac Farro taking to the mic to perform his own song, Scooby’s in the Back, it looks like Paramore have started to do just exactly what they want.

And as for that encore – Forgiveness has broken the concept of ‘sad song’ wide open and Hard Times is infectious.

My word, who knew there would be a song to replace Misery Business?

Paramore. My Favourite Band. At Least.

Paramore, Colston Hall, Bristol, 21/06/2017, Photo Credit: Liana Pujol Photo Edit: Hayley Smith

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