Paramore’s comeback single, “Hard Times”, receives the first ever Telegrammy.
Paramore returns with a new song “Hard Times”, a pop-infused punk-rock song (or a punk-rock-infused pop song?) which oozes regret and betrayal out of its candy-colored, supremely danceable melody.
I have talked to a number of friends about it on Telegram, and it seems we have reached something of a consensus: It’s one of the best songs that Paramore has put out; it deserves a Telegrammy.
But first, a little housekeeping. Listen to the song, in full, below. Also, watch the manic music video.
The song is straight-up Cyndi Lauper meets Tom Tom Club. It’s bright and high-strung. It’s relentless and exhaustive. All of which accents a kind of exasperation that looms throughout the song, just waiting to erupt. And then it does, in even spritelier guitar riffs and vocoder effects—thus the most danceable tune this year so far. It rests on the same backbone as 2013’s “Ain’t It Fun” (from the band’s self-titled album), which also uses boppy melodies as counterpoint to the frustration so felt in its lyrics.
“All that I want /is a hole in the ground /You can tell me when it’s all right /for me to come out,” Hayley sings. What happened in the past three years Paramore was gone? Hayley lived, obviously. These words feel unearthed from somewhere serious and significant.
Our Telegram conversation:
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