I still remember the day my best friend and fellow soccer teammate introduced me to Paramore. We were in the 7th and 8th grades respectively, sitting in the back of a school bus on the way to one of our middle school soccer games.
“You ever heard of Paramore?” Taylor said as she leaned across the bus aisle.
“What’s that?” I replied, half-listening as I paused my music and pulled one of my earbuds out.
She leaned over and had me listen to “Misery Business,” the band’s highest-charting single until “Ain’t It Fun” claimed the title in 2014. From that moment on, I was obsessed. I couldn’t stop listening to the band’s intense guitar solos, and I was enthralled by the empowering vocals of Hayley Williams, the band’s lead singer.
Since being introduced to the band 10 years ago, I’ve remained a fan. That’s 10 years of witnessing the group gain and lose members, release new albums, and change their sound – one that still can’t be confined to a single genre.
But, it’s also the band that’s helped me through the most. Much like the title of their recently released single, the band has been there for me through all the “Hard Times.”
So, to celebrate my continued love and appreciation for a band that defined my teenage years, here are some throwback photos during the four times I’ve seen them in concert. If you ever get the chance to see Paramore live, take it.
Check out this article by the New York Times that talks about Paramore’s long-awaited return and prepare yourself for the release of their new LP After Laughter on May 12th.