This Is Why is the new studio album from Paramore, the band's first in nearly six years, and their first album to feature the same line-up as its predecessor.
Paramore are back with their first new music since 2017. The beloved Nashville-based trio of Zac Farro, Hayley Williams, and Taylor York have returned from their hiatus, and the global pandemic, with This Is Why, one of the best albums of their already impressive career. Recorded in Los Angeles, California with long-time collaborator Carlos de la Garza, the album features 10 new Paramore songs with cover art shot by Zachary Gray.
Entering back into a world and cultural landscape very different from the one they last participated in, Paramore have returned with a song about exactly that. “This Is Why” is a an infectious Paramore ear-worm for the post-truth world. Of the song, Williams says, “'This Is Why' was the very last song we wrote for the album. To be honest, I was so tired of writing lyrics, but Taylor convinced Zac and I both that we should work on this last idea. What came out of it was the title track for the whole album. It summarizes the plethora of ridiculous emotions, the rollercoaster of being alive in 2022, having survived even just the last three or four years. You’d think after a global pandemic of fucking biblical proportions and the impending doom of a dying planet, that humans would have found it deep within themselves to be kinder or more empathetic or something.”
When Paramore revealed they were recording together in January 2022, the response from music fans around the world was immediate and celebratory. In the time since the Grammy-winning multi-platinum band released their last album, After Laughter, and Hayley Williams unveiled two lauded solo albums, Paramore have become more popular than ever. Over the last few years Paramore’s influence and popularity has snowballed, as the age of streaming organically propelled them into a position as one of the world’s biggest, most culturally compelling rock bands. For the band, who formed as teenagers in Tennessee, their 20-year trajectory has seen them grow from youthful outsiders to bone-fide pop culture icons, permeating the musical landscape by inspiring a new generation of musical talent.
Since releasing their debut, All We Know Is Falling, in 2005, the band has shot to International stardom thanks to a strong connection with its fans that has translated into a string of platinum and gold singles, including "Misery Business," "Crushcrushcrush," and "That's What You Get" from 2007's Riot!, "Decode" from 2008's Twilight soundtrack, "The Only Exception" from 2009's Brand New Eyes, and "Monster" from 2011's Transformers: Dark Of The Moon soundtrack. That success has also led to a series of sold-out arena tours, including headlining the 2010 Honda Civic Tour and multiple visits to Europe, Asia, Australia, New Zealand, and South America.