Three's a crowd for punk-rock Paramore

Three's a crowd for punk-rock Paramore

Now a trio, the indie darlings are bringing their live show to Hong Kong for the first time

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The Paramore members are proud of their friendship, says lead vocalist Hayley Williams.
The Paramore members are proud of their friendship, says lead vocalist Hayley Williams.
And then there were three. Paramore, an alternative-rock band from Tennessee in the United States, decided not to disband after the abrupt departure of Josh and Zac Farro in December last year. Eight months later, the now-trio haven't missed a beat and are still making headlines with their signature sound.

Tonight, they make their Hong Kong debut at AsiaWorld-Arena.

"We're going to bring our favourite setlist to Hong Kong," Paramore lead vocalist Hayley Williams tells Young Post. "There will be songs from every album and some acoustic songs."

Williams says the band is excited about its first visit to China, and is grateful for the chance to meet all the supportive fans who helped them get through the departure of the Farro brothers.

She promises the show will have "tonnes of energy and loud music". In other words, it's going to be a rock concert - Paramore style.

Paramore came to fame with the release of its debut album, All We Know is Falling, in 2005. Its management promoted the band with a less-is-more approach, exposing them gradually to the public.

The strategy proved to be a success, as album sales, positive reviews and an ever-growing fan base have made Paramore a major player on the music scene. Despite its popularity, fans tend to embrace its indie roots more than its pop sensibilities.

No discussion of Paramore would be complete without talking about the departure of two of the founding members. For the current members - Williams, Taylor York (guitars) and Jeremy Davis (bass) - breaking up was never an option.

In fact, they've grown closer because of the ordeal and remain a tight-knit bunch. Williams says they're extremely proud of their friendship. That, and their music, which have both evolved over the years.

However, musically, Williams admits each member is unique in their own way. "We all love emotional, passionate noise," she explains. "For some of us the noise is pretty, and usually for me, it sounds like a train wreck. But as long as it comes from a pure and honest place, it can inspire us."

Anyone who's been to a Paramore show will know that the band thrives in a live setting. Williams simply enjoys the rush of a crowd.

As for their next album, Williams gives a straightforward reply: "We will start writing it as soon as we get home from Asia." It almost makes me wish for an early end to their Asian tour. I said almost.

Paramore plays tonight at AsiaWorld-Expo (check out our concert-going guide on page 4).

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