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.