Maturity tends to be a buzzword for young bands — especially those following up hit albums.
Paramore takes it as a compliment but, when it comes to the just-released “brand new eyes,” doesn’t necessarily agree.
“A lot of people have told us that (the album) is a very mature sound,” drummer Zac Farro says of the Tennessee modern rock quintet’s third album — which debuted at No. 2 on the Billboard 200 chart this week — and follow-up to 2007’s platinum “Riot!” which spawned hits such as “Misery Business” and “Crushcrushcrush.” “I don’t think we were aiming to be just more mature or whatever, but that’s really cool to hear. I think there’s a lot of new directions on the record.
“It sounds more like our live show to me, and the songs are just a lot deeper and have a lot more going on and everybody’s parts are really special.”
On that deep tip, Farro notes that “brand new eyes” will give fans some insight into Paramore’s internal dynamics thanks to lyrics by singer Hayley Williams that chronicle some innerband tumult that took place during the “Riot” cycle.
“A lot of this stuff just comes from our past year or so, which was really tough for our band,” Farro acknowledges. “She’ll even say it’s ... kind of unfair ’cause it’s only from her perspective, but it’s about how at times she felt judged or felt belittled. It’s very honest — and it’s not hidden at all.”
As for the pressure to follow up the success of “Riot,” Farro concedes that “there’s always gonna be pressure. We tried to push that aside and just make a record we loved. The fans might not like it, and they might think it’s too different and whatnot, but at the end of the day we love it and that’s the best we can do.”
Paramore, Paper Route and the Swellers perform at 7 p.m. Sunday (Oct. 11) at the Fillmore Detroit, 2115 Woodward Ave. Tickets are $27.50. Call (313) 961-5451 or visit www.livenation.com.