It’s been five years Paramore released music together as a group, but that is changing now.
The trio, consisting of Hayley Williams, Zac Farro and Taylor York, returned from their hiatus on Wednesday (September 28) to unveil a new song, “This is Why,” along with a Brendan Yates-directed music video. “That’s why I don’t leave the house / You say the coast is clear / But you won’t catch me / Oh, why? / That’s why,” Williams sings in the upbeat chorus.
The new single serves as the title track to the band’s upcoming sixth studio album, This is whyto be released on February 10, 2023 via Atlantic Records.
“‘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 both Zac and I to work on this last idea,” Williams said about the song in a press release. “What came out of it was the title track for the whole album. It sums up the plethora of ridiculous emotions, the roller coaster of being alive in 2022, having survived even just the past three or four years. You’d think after a global pandemic of biblical proportions and the impending doom of a dying planet, humans would have found it deep within themselves to be kinder or more empathetic or something.
The last time Paramore released an album when a band was 2017’s After Laughter, which includes songs such as “Hard Times” and “Rose-Colored Boy”. Since then, Williams dropped his own solo album, Petals for armorin 2020 and Farro has unveiled a number of solo works under the moniker Half noise. On getting back together as a band, Williams recently shared with Apple Music 1’s Zane Lowe, “I think it was really important for us to have a minute away from the identity being entangled with Paramore. And of course, the Internet has always been a wild west thing, but even crazier than the last few years, so really protecting your energy is now more than ever.
Farro added: “It’s a job at the end of the day, but it’s the best job you could ever have in the world. But you have to choose to get up and put your suit on and do it well. So I think and everyone has their own way of processing what they need to achieve and do the best they can in this job. So whether it’s removing yourself for a little bit or not having any identity attached to that or whatever it is, it only makes for a better Paramore because you come back and you’re so much more… ‘I’m so glad I got something away. time so now I’m ready to to come back and smash this.’”
Listen to “This Is Why” below.