Paramore are a beacon of pure delight, joy and jubilation. Having carved a career founded on striking right to the crux of human emotion in the most authentic and raw way possible, there’s a reason their live show is the most roaring expression of that sentiment.
Last touching down in Australia in 2014, the band’s sound and aesthetic have evolved and progressed as a result of the extremely personal and public tribulations faced.
Where most band’s would’ve thrown in the towel over the last few years of drama and controversy, Paramore have risen with an intense fervor, a headstrong sense of direction and an undying commitment to building their community, using music as a vessel for positivity.
During their near flawless live show, the band honour their past, whilst basking in the glory of their legacy, amplified through Hayley’s pulsating buoyancy that carries the band’s sleek musicianship.
After Laughter’s childlike aesthetic was parallelled in the stage’s reverberating color scheme that pulsated throughout the buzzing arena, waiting patiently to be warmed up by the alt-pop meets 80s stadium rock stylings of Bleachers.
Jack Antanoff stormed the stage all his rock n roll glory, commanding his backing band of ultra-talented musicians. Taking cues from the legend himself, Bruce Springsteen, the band tore through tracks from both Strange Desires and Gone Now, topping things off with a roaring guitar verses saxophone face off that sent front row faithful and back seat dwellers into a state of laughter and jaw-dropped awe.
Ending the set on ‘Don’t Take The Money’ left the perfect taste in Paramore faithfuls mouths just before the band hit the stage.
Extending the intro to the already classic ‘Hard Times’ the band dove head first into a fiery representation of just how far they’ve come as a band. Their existence has transcended that of most bands who began in the world of pop punk.
‘Ignorance’ roared with the same ferocity it did in 2009 whilst After Laughter tracks like ‘Pool’ and ‘Forgiveness’ called for huge singalongs.
Hayley took a moment before ‘Misery Business’ to acknowledge its lyrics pondering on how as the band and the fanbase develop and change, our ideals and worldviews do too.
“The most important thing to take away from tonight, not even having anything to do with the song we’re about to play, is that the people we are today, let’s say in 2018, is not the same people we were in 2006…”
“… So as we play this next song together, I want you to celebrate the fact that we’re growing, and we’re moving forward, and we’re changing.”“Because people DO change, contrary to what 17-year-old Hayley thought.”
In the truest Paramore fashion, seeing a fellow fan share the stage with our hero was a truly other-worldly experience. It breaks down every barrier and we live vicariously through that experience.
Witnessing Hayley empower and use her platform as a shared vessel for enjoyment and expression is a true reminder that we, as a music community are Paramore.
Hayley’s speech prior to ‘Hate To See Your Heart Break’ saw the crowd erupt into a sea of hugs and cuddles, reminding us that it is a community founded on emotional support, where friendship and love hold strong in the most trying of times.
Showing their appreciation for soul and RnB, the band combined SZA’s incredible ‘20 Something’ into a dizzyingly fun performance of ‘Grown Up’, whilst ‘Ain’t It Fun’ in a live setting solidifies itself as a generation’s anthem.
Capping off the show with ‘Rose Coloured Boy’, the band left the stage in a flurry of colour, excitement and most of all, hope in the goodness. Paramore are a continual force to be reckoned with. Pulling off a stadium show of this stature is a testament to the passion they have for their music past and present and, their ability to grow with their audience – not above it.
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Photos by Georgia Moloney.