Five months ago, Paramore started recording their upcoming fifth album. At the time, the band was down to just Hayley Williams and Taylor York. Bassist Jeremy Davis left last December. However, in June their ex-drummer Zac Farro suddenly appeared in the behind-the-scenes shots Hayley shared on Twitter! That brought up a few major questions: Is he officially back with the band? Is he co-writing some of the new songs? Or is he just playing drums on the new record?
Earlier this month, Zac spoke on Billboard’s Alt In Our Stars podcast. He talked about rekindling his friendship with both Hayley and Taylor, playing on the new album, and how the new music sounds. He has not written any of the songs, and so far is not officially part of the band again. But he’d be happy to join them again as more than just a studio drummer.
Keeping up with the habits of the last few months, the duo has continued to shared studio updates throughout the recording process for album #5. Here’s the latest from this August:
HBD MIKE!! Studio engineer extraordinaire & all around mackdaddy, we luv u! Thx for helping us make album #5 pic.twitter.com/FuvbnGZofC
— paramore (@paramore) August 26, 2016
With Jeremy gone and Zac kind of back, it will be exciting to hear how the music changes. Hayley and Taylor were the principle songwriters on Paramore, so there may not be a big change in style. But what about the topics? Will Jeremy’s departure and Zac’s return to the band come up?
Hayley also just married her longtime boyfriend, New Found Glory’s Chad Gilbert, in February. Will married life affect the new music? Perhaps more lovey lyrics and cheerful music? On the other hand, Hayley and Chad have been together for eight years, so maybe there won’t be much of a change after all. We’ll find out soon enough!
Now that Paramore is actively recording the album, they’ve been generous with the studio updates. There should be plenty more studio updates and news over the coming months, too. While the album could be ready by the end of this year, it will most likely come out sometime in 2017.
Check up on all we know about Paramore’s upcoming fifth album on their recording page. We’ll keep it up-to-date throughout the recording process. Keep checking back here for all the latest Paramore music news.
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