They’re officially back: After a five-year absence from recording, all-cut large Paramore have announced their long-awaited return. The band revealed on social media on Friday (September 16) that the new song “This Is Why” will be released this September. 28.
The announcement post was brief, consisting simply of “‘This Is Why, the song. Sept. 28,” along with a link to save in advance and an accompanying image, likely the song’s cover art. This image—of the trio with their faces pressed up against a condensation wet window – had been teased individually by each of the group members via their new Instagram profile pictures, leading to fan speculation about the band’s new era.
No further information has yet been confirmed about the song – or whether it will precede a new album, the band’s first since 2017’s acclaimed After Laughter – but Paramore did announce a new tour in July and takes them through North America in October and November. It is the band’s first live dates since the tour that followed After Laughter in 2018, though frontwoman Hayley Williams made a memorable appearance at this year’s Coachella to sing the group’s breakthrough hit “Misery Business” with headliner Billie Eilish.
Paramore has released five albums in their nearly two-decade career, with their 2013 self-titled album debuting at No. 1 on Billboard 200 albums chart and spawned two top 25 hits on Billboard Hot 100: “Still Into You” (No. 24) and “Ain’t It Fun” (No. 10). After Laughter peaked at No. 6 on the Billboard 200, generating the group’s 11th career Hot 100 hit with “Hard Times” (No. 90).