Paramore - 'Ignorance'
Aw, it feels like ages since I heard a song that so clearly wanted me to break stuff. No nice messages about love and kindness, no bragging, no sincere wishes that we all just try and have the best time we can, seeing as Monday morning is on the way. No, this is all about wilfully knocking tables over and not picking up the mess. It's about throwing all your stuff on the floor and jumping on it, to see what will happen. It's about tripping people over in public and laughing as they fall.*
Paramore, in short, are back, they've been working out, they've got louder, and they're already in a huff. Grab a plate and start chucking!
(Here's the video. Parcelmore, anyone?)
In the interests of balance, it's important to note that there's a bit in the first chorus where Hayley's voice wobbles, and it is most distracting. The first time she sings "you treat me just like, anuuuuther stranger", it sounds for all the world like an autotune warble. Now, I've no idea if the band are politically opposed to autotune or if they spend every waking moment playing 'I Am T-Pain' on their executive-class platinum iPhones. But, coming straight off the first listen to Cheryl Cole's latest - which also features dalek harmonics - it feels like a strange place to find it.
This is just about the only flaw I can spot though. The band are playing out of their SKINS here. Every second of the song contains a new dynamic thing happening, whether it's a drum fill or a guitar counter-melody, or a chuntery breakdown bit while Hayley shouts about your new best friend, or a series of short sharp brickbat riffs, or a bass-twiddle, or a solo guitar riff, or another riff, or a riff, or a riff, or a riff...
That's how frequently the bits and bobs come flying at you. It feels somewhere between being prodded in the face repeatedly, while being told off by someone who is also hot, and leaping onstage in the middle of an amazing gig, and pushing the drummer down a flight of stairs, kit and all.
And if that doesn't sound like much fun at all, well, you can help clear up when we're done. Everyone else? Heads up! Crockery! Incoming!
PS: Here's the band being very well behaved in the Live Lounge. They do a Kings Of Leon cover, y'know...
* The BBC would like to point out that tripping people over is not a very nice thing to do, and may result in you getting biffed yourself. We do not recommend it.