Stemming from conversations I had on Twitter, I got to thinking about bands that were signed too quickly; to easily; to soon. Paramore, to be specific.
Now let me say this, they've got a few songs I dig and they're an okay band, but they're highly overrated, in my opinion. I've heard people refer to them as "revolutionary", and I just don't think that's true.
In my opinion, Paramore is on the same level as the Jonas Brothers and Miley Cyrus, they're simply on different sides of the spectrum. They're all making music on this really basic superficial level of emotions. The only difference is that Jonas Brothers and Miley Cyrus are the happy popular kids in high school and Paramore are the not so popular ‘angsty' kids. It's all very basic and average and ‘cute'.
My thing with Paramore is that they're a very average band; a very average POP band masquerading as something other than what they are. Sure Hayley Williams has a voice, but her singing is decent, average. The rest of the band – the drummer and guitarist and bassist – all lack musical skill. They can play their instruments, yes. You can give them music and they can learn it, but a lot of people can do that. They've got no artistry. Anyone can learn to play an instrument but that doesn't make you a musician.
Another point, they're not very good live. Maybe they're not the worst, maybe not "shitty" but definitely not amazing. Average. And for me, when it comes to music and calling yourself musicians, average just isn't enough. Anyone can be average. It's not enough to gain sustainability.
Also, they're not a band. They're not ‘Paramore,' they're HayTley Williams and "those guys." They haven't grasped that ‘one entity' feel yet and that's disappointing. I mean, as of right now, in my opinion, any other four (or three?) boys can replace the other members and it wouldn't make a difference in the music. It just wouldn't and that's not a good thing.
Their music, lyrically, is unimpressive. It's not saying anything new or revolutionary. It's the angsty screamings of a teenager. I've seen journal post and poems on Mibba with more emotion; with raw feelings; deeper things; genuine emotions. As ‘musicians' if they can't dig into themselves and find an emotion other than, ‘I'm seventeen and I hate being in high school. I'm different and I never get the guy"…That's shit. It's not real. Anyone can do that. Any teen who's been to high school can write that. Once again, AVERAGE.
The only thing different about them is that the lead singer has bright colored hair with a razor edge cut, which is admittedly in now. But where does that leave them when the scene trend has died down? There'll be left in the dust. They've got no grasp on their own music. No growth. They didn't have time to really develop and come together as a band. They don't have that ‘band' vibe.
I think that, as a band, they're immature. They got signed too soon. Their growth was stunted. They never had that those band building experiences when they're touring on their own, booking their own gigs, living out of a van, and staying at shitty hotels. I mean, they started this band and then was plucked up by Pete Wentz and their first tours were funded posh tours, with their own tour bus and big name headliners, you know. They didn't really have to fight for it and I think that it shows. I mean, the band was formed in '04 and signed to Fueled by Ramen in '05. Being signed so soon has made them 'domesticated' in a sense. They've always been with a label so amidst feral bands that have been selling demos at concerts out of their backpacks, they seem to have just coasted on along.
I get that I'm busting balls right now, and I'm sorry to those of you who are really into Paramore. I'm not saying that you have bad taste in music or anything like that. I'm not even saying that they have bad music. I just think that Paramore and their fans aren't being forthright. They're being dishonest and pretending to be more than they are. They're a pop band. They're not alternative or rock. It's a lot like Kelly Clarkson. She's a pop singer trying to make rock music. It's just coming off as loud music with a lot of screaming and drums and guitar. It's like the Jonas Brothers and Miley Cyrus trying to put out ‘rock' songs, they're a pop band, and there's screaming and guitars and people get mislead and hoodwinked into thinking it's some sort of soft bubblegum rock. It's not.
I would have no problem with Paramore if they were, at the least, honest; if they categorized themselves properly; if there was no pretense.
Paramore is a Grammy-nominated American rock band that formed in Franklin, Tennessee in 2004 consisting of Hayley Williams (lead vocals/keyboards), Josh Farro (lead guitar/backing vocals), Jeremy Davis (bass guitar), Zac Farro (drums), and Taylor York (rhythm guitar). The group released their debut album All We Know Is Falling in 2005, second album, Riot! in 2007, which was certified platinum in the US and gold in the UK, Ireland and New Zealand. Brand New Eyes, Paramore's third album, was released on September 29, 2009.