PLAYLIST: Paramore’s After Laughter Summer Tour
Now over a year since its release, it’s safe to say you’re living under a rock if you aren’t a part of the After Laughter train by now. Following up to the release of the long-awaited album, Paramore had come out of the woodwork slowly but surely, teasing us all along the way. Until the release, the band had stayed silent since their last tour in 2015 (aside from their Parahoy! cruise adventures). They hinted at the possibility of new music in several interviews, and ignited plenty of rumors once ex-drummer Zac Farro started popping up on Hayley Williams’ social media (only to later be confirmed by the band that Farro would, in fact, be performing on the record and with the band indefinitely).
At first glance, After Laughter has an indie-pop sound much like their colleagues in Chvrches and Tegan and Sara (who have been through a similar sound development over the course of their career). However, if you pay attention to the lyrics and message behind the music, Paramore have put out an album more raw and honest than anything they’ve released in the past. This album may be the band’s most genius release to date, as it is saturated with irony and contradiction. It highlights the reality of dancing to a sad song. The upbeat and electronic music mask the subliminal messages of barely being able to make it out alive and struggling to see the light of day (a concept very well depicted in the music video for “Told You So”). “I couldn’t imagine putting something on an album that says ‘life’s great, everything’s cool, party with me,’” Williams said in an interview with The New York Times.
Amongst their interviews with several highly reputable publications and Williams’ recent op-ed on mental illness with Paper Magazine, Paramore have openly discussed the trials and tribulations they had endured while trying to find the willpower to stay in the industry, and even to persist in life itself. Collectively Hayley Williams, Taylor York, and Zac Farro have given their honest input about the aftermath of the Farro brothers’ departure, the courage in experimenting and changing their sound as a band, the recent lawsuits against the band by ex-bassist Jeremy Davis, and their overall fight for existence in the real world. Being vulnerable is no longer a fear; they are as real as they possibly can be and are letting us all in on their developing journey.
Paramore deserve much more than a round of applause for their elegantly portrayed play on mainstream music by weaving in the harsh reality of life and its downsides. The album is not just a mere piece of music put out in the world; it is a collection of life experiences Williams, York, and Farro have persisted through to make it up to this point, both together and individually. The recent tours since its release have been celebrations–for the creation of new music, and for simply being alive.
The After Laughter era of the band is truly one of the best and certainly one of the busiest, with multiple festival appearances like Boston Calling and Bonnaroo, multiple world-wide headlining tours since the album release, and now this summer headlining tour to name just a few of their impressive notches on the timeline. You can listen to our playlist below, highlighting some of our favorite Paramore tracks of all time, and take a look at the remaining After Laughter Summer Tour dates (with Foster The People, Soccer Mommy, and Jay Som) below to make sure you join the party when they come to your area.
Upcoming After Laughter Summer Tour Dates:
Mon Jun 18 – Toronto, ON – Budweiser Stage
Wed Jun 20 – Gilford, NH – Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion
Thu Jun 21 – Bangor, ME – Darlings Waterfront Pavilion
Sat Jun 23 – Columbia, MD – Merriweather Post Pavilion
Sun Jun 24 – Philadelphia, PA – Festival Pier
Tue Jun 26 – Brooklyn, NY – Barclays Center
Thu Jun 28 – Columbus, OH – Express Live!
Fri Jun 29 – Detroit, MI – DTE Energy Music Theatre
Sun Jul 01 – Indianapolis, IN – *Farm Bureau Insurance Lawn at White River State Park*
Mon Jul 02 – Chicago, IL – Huntington Beach Pavilion at Northerly Park
Thu Jul 05 – Minneapolis, MN – The Armory
Sat Jul 07 – Kansas City, MO – Starlight Amphitheatre
Sun Jul 08 – Oklahoma City, OK – Zoo Amphitheatre
Tue Jul 10 – New Orleans, LA – Bold Sphere Music at Champions Square
Wed Jul 11 – Corpus Christi, TX – Concrete Street Amphitheater
Fri Jul 13 – Houston, TX – Cynthia Mitchell Woods Pavilion
Sat Jul 14 – Irving, TX – The Pavilion at Toyota Music Factory
Wed Jul 18 – Los Angeles, CA – The Forum
Thu Jul 19 – San Diego, CA – Mattress Firm Amphitheatre
Sat Jul 21 – Mountain View, CA – Shoreline Amphitheatre
Mon Jul 23 – Salt Lake City, UT – USANA Amphitheatre
*Foster The People not performing