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Paramore - 'Brick By Boring Brick'

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Vicki Vicki | 10:02 UK time, Sunday, 22 November 2009


The other day my friend Sarah dyed her hair bright auburn. "What do you think?" She asked "I think it looks great... Hayley." I replied. There was a brief, awkward pause. At first, she probably thought I'd gone a bit loopy again (a regular occurrence, especially after a bourbon biscuits and tea moment), but before she could say 'you are a terrible friend for not knowing my name', she clicked. Yes, I had just compared her to Hayley, the lead singer of Paramore.

Okay, okay, I'm aware other redheads exist, but right now the hottest redhead in the whole world is definitely her. Thankfully though, it's not just a great head of hair that Hayley's responsible for... she's also pretty well known for fronting one of the most explosive and energetic current bands out there.

But how does their new single 'Brick by Boring Brick' compare to Paramore's back catalogue? Well, let's just say this: it's certainly hair-raising... hair-raisingly BRILLIANT, that is.

(The video's not online yet - but yes, ironically after the above, I have been informed that she does have blond hair in it)

Paramore have the knack of releasing ridiculously catchy songs that are popular both commercially and amongst the emo-ist of emo (see: 'Misery Business', 'That's what you get' and 'Ignorance'). 'Brick by boring brick' is no exception. So turn it up. And Loud.

The song moves all over the place, but rather than this leaving you looking longingly in the distance, it takes you along for the ride - and trust me, this is better than ANY rollercoaster I've ever been on (well, excluding 'The Crazy Mouse' on Brighton Pier, obvs). This is NOT song writing brick by boring brick.

Listening to the lyrics is like entering a world where sandcastle's aren't built, but buried, a world where the baddie is not the wolf, but reality... and in this world, things are dark, but they're very real. There's a sense of longing; longing for those fairytales and longing for innocence, but it's coupled with a sense of realisation that this will never happen.

Erm, blimey. That was deep... As deep as the "deep hole" Hayley sings about? Maybe not.

ANYWAY! Moving on, the song's darkness is offset by it's main appeal: it's liveliness and catchiness. In this sense, it's a little cheesy, but it's these cheesy bits, the handclaps and 'ba-ba-ba-ba-ba-da-da-da"s, that make this song properly ANTHEMIC. Is this song as memorable as, say, 'That's What You Get'? No, probably not. Is it as 'ooooh, this is new!' as Misery Buisness? Again, no not really. But is it as good? Darn right, it is.

If the secrets to Hayley's song writing success lie under her hair, I'm so off to dye mine right now. Or, you know, I might write her an email asking her to send me a lock of it. Either will do.

Five starsDownload: Out now
CD Released: November 23rd
BBC Music page

(Vicki Lutas)



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