After a dramatic change to their band dynamic, losing two key members of the band, Paramore were back in Australia – bringing their first headline tour to Australia since the departure of Josh and Zac Farro in 2010. Despite, having played Soundwave Festival last February and a sold out sideshow at Sydney’s Enmore Theatre, Paramore were making evident the success their latest album has brought, despite all the drama.
The venue significantly larger than where they had previously played in the past – it was surreal to see how a band could go from playing a small and intimate Roundhouse Theatre to Allphones Arena. The arena floor was crowded with thousands of fans who had waited hours to secure a prime position at the show.
Supporting them on their tour were fellow rockers and long time mates Twenty-One Pilots and British band YYou Me At Six, who had travelled Australia with them in the past. You Me At Six’s set was highly energetic. At one stage in the set, lead singer Josh began to crowd and as the crowd held him up, he encouraged others to do the same and before we knew it, there were tons of people crowd surfing.
Paramore’s set was a lengthy two-hour long which began with one of the more ‘pop-ier’ tracks on their self-titled album: ‘Grow Up’. Interestingly enough, there was a quite a huge emphasis on the number three – from the stage down to lead singer, Hayley Williams’ shirt. It was clear from the moment they came on stage that they were declaring a change – and a change was what the audience got. Shying away from the previous rock heavy music, their album edged on a pop side and this was defiantly reflected in the show itself. Unlike previous shows, head banging was not in full force, with soulful tracks ‘Ain’t it Fun’ featuring a choir, and slower tracks on keyboard such as ‘Last Hope’ as well as hit single ‘Only Exception’ which prompted the crowd to lift their lighters and phones and sing along, creating an incredible atmosphere.
A personal highlight in the set, however, was Paramore’s amazing stripped down rendition of Fleetwood Mac’s ‘Landslide’ mashed up with their own ‘In the Mourning’. To end the night Paramore sang their hit single ‘Still Into You’ and replicated its video accompaniment with balloons falling down on the crowd.
Overall, a good night with a long set which included some of their old classics ‘Misery’s Business’, ‘CrushCrushCrush’ and ‘When It Rains.’