Paramore - Underworld London
With their forthcoming album "Riot" due for release this month US band Paramore are due to move up a league as their popularity grows.
Lead single "Misery business" has already buried itself deep in the hearts of Paramore fans and has also brought the band to the casual listeners attention even though it's yet to hit the shops and download stores.
The Tennessee band are currently in Europe, playing a few dates before heading back Stateside to join the Warped tour which is due to cover a large portion of America.
Paramore packed their fans into Camden's Underworld venue with the majority squeezing themselves into the downstairs level so they could get as close to the front as possible. Paramore play chart friendly rock with front woman Hayley Williams leading the band through harder versions of a musical style similar to the output of Avril Lavigne and Kelly Clarkson.
Although having a predominately young rock crowd there is plenty in a Paramore set to appeal to a wider variety of listeners.I'm sure the band will look out at their audience in the next 12 months and see a more varied clientèle after "Riot" breaks through into the mainstream charts.
Paramore themselves aren't much older than the majority of current fans as Hayley,Josh on guitar and brother Zac on drums are all under twenty, giving the band plenty of energy onstage. The band's set consisted of tracks from their debut release "All we know is falling" alongside "Riot" previews,starting with potential hit "Misery business".
Older singles "All we know" and "Emergency" were also played alongside album tracks including "Brighter" and "Never let this go" from the aforementioned debut with "Hallelujah" and "For a pessimist I'm pretty optimistic" showing up as tasters for their forthcoming album.
Hayley Williams has a very friendly onstage persona and took a lot of time to chat to the capacity crowd who returned her affection by taking countless photographs of the singer and her colleague's as an army of hands were thrust in the air, mostly holding cameras and camera phones.
The band seemed happy with the attention though and even asked for everyone in the audience to film a track from "Riot" with their camera phones so they could upload it to You Tube and spread the love for the album. Paramore have outgrown venues like the Underworld and this was sadly proven by the amount of young fans getting crushed next to the stage. Luckily the band had safety at the front of ther minds and stopped the show on several occasions, giving the first few rows a bit of a breather from the constant pushing and wave after wave of crowd surfers.
The band finished their extremely enjoyable set with "My heart" but it wasn't long before they returned to the stage for an encore featuring new track "Born for this" and finishing with single and Sims 2 favourite "Pressure". This was my first time watching Paramore and I thought it was a fun evening.I'll certainly try and catch them again in the not too distant future.
The band play the following UK dates in June...
8th - Download Festival
9th - Frog @ Mean Fiddler, London
10th - Arts Centre, Colchester
Visit Paramore's My Space page for tunes to listen to and a wealth of US tour dates