Paramore Opens up a Pair of 'Brand New Eyes'

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Paramore, the Franklin, Tennessee-based power pop quintet, has just released its third album, brand new eyes, on the Fueled By Ramen label. The release comes just two years after Paramore's two-million-copy-selling "RIOT!" and represents a bold step forward for the band. While the familiar Paramore sound is still forefront, the album includes two acoustic numbers that fit perfectly amidst the band's usual approach.

These songs form a full story that people are going to be able to connect with

Paramore, the Franklin, Tennessee-based power pop quintet, has just released its third album, brand new eyes, on the Fueled By Ramen label. The release comes just two years after Paramore's two-million-copy-selling "RIOT!" and represents a bold step forward for the band. While the familiar Paramore sound is still forefront, the album includes two acoustic numbers that fit perfectly amidst the band's usual approach.

Paramore's Hayley Williams is extremely excited about her band's new CD release, brand new eyes, released September 29 on the Fueled by Ramen label

After the bona fide success of the band's double-platinum 2007 "Riot!", it's only natural to think that Williams and the other members of this Franklin, Tennessee unit would be nervous about whether the new album will live up to expectations.

Williams, however, puts those fears to bed.

"Every record is a progression for us, but brand new eyes is definitely a huge leap from RIOT!" Williams explains. "I just can't wait to get back on the road and start playing these new songs live."

Williams' wishes come true October 1, as the band kicks off its fall tour with a sold-out show at the Hollywood Palladium.

A single from the album, "Ignorance," has received considerable airplay since its release in July. A promotional video for the song has been available on YouTube since August. In case anyone thought that Paramore might have relaxed their sound in the ensuing two years since "RIOT!," the high-energy, ear-crunching sounds of "Ignorance" and the majority of brand new eyes should put those worries to bed.

Fueled by the double guitar attack of Josh Farro and Taylor York, and supported by the powerhouse rhythm section of Jeremy Davis on bass and Zac Farro on drums, brand new eyes combines the familiar driving sounds of "RIOT!" with a few songs that take the band in a decidedly acoustic - but no less rocking - direction.

As Josh Farro explains: "We really tried to venture out and experiment with our sound to see how far we could push ourselves this time around. 'Misguided Ghosts,' for example, is just finger-picking. That's not really Paramore's sound but for some reason it works."

The album's other acoustic adventure, "The Only Exception," springs from Williams' experience with the ups and downs of success over the past two years. By expressing her feelings, she thinks listeners will find much to identify with in their own lives, as well.

"These songs form a full story that people are going to be able to connect with," Hayley Williams said. Her frequent songwriting partner, Josh Farro, agrees.

"There's something Hayley is able to draw out of me that I can't seem to do with anyone else," Farro said. "She hates the word 'mature,' but I think it's really suitable for this record. We've grown a lot."

That growth is on display live when the band hits the road October 1. If initial response to the album is any indication, brand new eyes will be a welcome attraction for old fans and brand new ears.

Check out the band's Paramore t-Shirts for sure before they're sold out Platinum too.

Tom Tuerff is a writer and musician in Phoenix, Arizona. He has the latest Paramore CD and has even recorded two CDs of original music, as well as both of which have received considerable radio airplay. Tuerff has written music reviews for a variety of publications over the years, including Goldmine, ConNotations and others. Tom has every Paramore Album there is available and this surely tops off the collection of the best of Paramore.

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