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Growing Up With Paramore

Music Growing Up With Paramore

Friday night I was lucky enough to go and see Paramore for the fourth time. I’ve been a Paramore fan since I was 13 years old and coincidentally since I met Ali, but Paramore isn’t about just that.

I think everyone has a band or artist that impacts their life, for me that was, and still is, Paramore. Hayley talked a lot on stage about how the band and fans have grown up together and it made me think, a lot about what the band meant to me. If I’m honest, I got a bit emotional.

When I was that 13-year-old who first heard Riot I was just getting into my own identity and working out, as a teenager, who I was. A friend recommended this band, Paramore. I loved it and I loved the lead singer she was short, a redhead with a big voice. She was everything  I wanted to be.

I listened to Riot on repeat and I met a boy that I really liked. I waited for Brand New Eyes to come out and it was like nothing I’d ever listen to. I fell in love with each and every song and they made sense. Brand New Eyes came out in 2009, it was around this time I was struggling with Depression, it hit me hard and that album got me through, The Only Exception became ‘our song’.

 

Couple Paramore 2010, 2013, 2014, 2018

When Zac and Josh left the band, I was devastated, I thought the band I loved was over. And then the singles came out, and then ‘Paramore’. At first, I didn’t get it, it seemed petty, it didn’t measure up to Brand New Eyes, all of these thoughts went through my mind. Then my band broke up, I was leaving for uni and the unknown. Suddenly it all made sense. The lyrics, the music it all made sense. My heart soared and it felt like the music held me together for the next few years.

Then another album and another part of my life, ‘After Laughter’. I’d graduated I was an ‘adult’ now but things weren’t going to plan. The single ‘Hard Times’ was released on the 19th April and it seemed to be the perfect thing for me, I’d lost my job 2 weeks earlier and graduate life wasn’t great. I listened to that song obsessively, again the tracks made me feel a little less alone, a little more capable. Then the album came out and ‘Rose Coloured Boy’ and ‘Fake Happy’ became my anthems.

Hayley was right the other night when she said we’re not the same people we were when ‘Riot’ was released and ‘Misery Business’ was all I listened to on repeat. I felt so many emotions watching. I was proud of this band and proud of myself for overcoming so much shit in the past 10 years and still being able to smile.

This might be fangirling, might be OTT but I really feel like I owe Paramore.

What band is it for you?

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22 year old lifestyle and mental health blogger over at www.chloemetzger.com.

(11) Comments

  1. This is so cute!! I’m seeing Paramore on Friday for the first time and I’m soo excited! I’ve loved them since I was around 13/14 but this new album, meant a lot to me. I just got out of a long term relationship with the love of my life and then a week later, this album came out and it helped me TONS. I really do love them and adore them for helping me through so much shit regardless of whether they know x

    1. You’re going to love it! Me too! Thank you so much for reading 🙂 X

  2. […] My biggest music highlight was going to see Paramore for the 4th time! Every time I see them I feel like I reach another big point in my life. The best part was seeing it with Ali. I wrote about it here. […]

  3. Grudges is legit my favorite song on the album. It’s just such a refreshing and relief song. It makes me smile knowing Zac and Hayley have made up and enjoy each other’s company.

    For me, that band was All Time Low. Cliché, I know, but damn, did that band get me through high school.

    1. I know right? Love it!

      Ah no All Time Low were classic!

  4. Paramore and All time Low 😍

  5. Their music goes deep through my bones.

    1. They’re incredible, aren’t they?!

      1. Indeed they are 😍. And that’s why they are still untill now when other bands have already disbanded.

  6. Paramore is amazing! I love all of their albums. Though I feel like their newest album has such sad lyrics but they combined them with such a happy 80s style beat – I love it!

    1. I wasn’t sure on the 80s vibe at first but I fell in love with it!

      Thanks for reading 🙂

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