Kindly Leave Paramore Alone

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Paramore frontwoman Hayley Williams has some words for fans who only want to hear the old stuff.

If any genre of the last decade has a “growing up” problem, it’s pop-punk: The melodramatic rock musical style is often associated with adolescence, the tried and true tribulations of being a sad almost-adult. (Where “sad” is inspired by unrequited crushes and the like.) For musicians once involved with the scene who’ve, well, grown-up, cries of “play the old stuff” from fans reads like requests to revisit a middle school diary and present it as current reality. For Paramore frontwoman Hayley Williams, who led her band through a pretty impressive indie-rock musical transformation in 2017, those hollers sting. It sucks.


On Thursday, a fan wrote on Paramore’s Instagram what they probably assumed was a harmless gesture, of “missing the old Paramore.” Williams was quick to clap back, responding with “Old Pmore is on Youtube. Whenever you want! But I still promise I will never ask you to be whoever you were 15 years ago.” Boom!

That, my friends, is how it’s done.

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