Even if 2022 turns out to be another giant, stinking turd of a year (hopefully not…), there’ll be at least one good thing to come from it: at long last, it looks like we're finally getting a new Paramore album.
"Paramore can’t be ‘on a break’ forever, can we?” teased Hayley Williams in a newsletter sent out on November 26, shortly before signing off with: “I love y’all. See you sometime next year?” Cue emo kids past and present, in all corners of the internet, screaming with joy.
Of course, literally any time is a good time for new Paramore music. But the promise of their return now feels apt on many levels. After close to half a decade of wishing and dreaming for album number six following 2017’s After Laughter, it’s about time for a new era. Since the 2010s, Paramore LPs have arrived as frequently as the Olympics, with four years between Brand New Eyes and 2013's self-titled album, and another four between that and After Laughter. It’s our scene’s equivalent of a new Adele release – the against-the-grain delayed gratification makes it into a genuine event anticipated with wolfish hunger.