Chances are that you already know who Paramore is, and chances are you’re already aware of the whole drama that surrounded the band this past winter. After the whole whirlwind, which led to the creation of two new bands and left Paramore as a three-piece, the band announced they would be soldiering on without their beloved guitarist and drummer. The remaining members of Paramore, vocalist Hayley Williams, guitarist Taylor York, and bass player Jeremy Davis, were quick to point out that they had already begun preparations for their 4th album, so the question arose, what would Paramore be like without the Farro brothers?
Well if their newest single “Monster,” which is to appear on the soundtrack to Transformers: Dark of the Moon, is any indication of what’s to come, then we can kind of expect, well, the same thing.
“Monster” comes off as somewhat of a continuation of Brand New Eyes (which is easily my favorite release by Paramore), with darker instrumentation and a moodier and angrier Hayley Williams. The problem however is that the song can get somewhat uneventful. Hayley sounds just as great as ever, and she continues to show that she’s better than most vocalists in the genre (male or female). The problem is that the hooks just don’t make the song too memorable.
The chorus is catchy, but unlike other Paramore singles it takes about 3 to 4 listens to really get under your skin. The verses are void of hooks, which is okay for a regular band, but Paramore tends to be the band to have catchy songs from beginning to end. The lyrics however remain a strong point of the band; while they don’t necessarily touch on unexplored topics, they are some of the most genuine and angriest relationship lyrics.
I’ve always said that if one were to take Hayley Williams from Paramore and add a male singer, you would get an Anberlin-style post-hardcore band, and this track doesn’t take away from that. Paramore is once again not content with seeming like a simple pop-punk band that employs catchy chords. The drums are just as pounding as before, while the guitars sound as crunching as ever during the choruses.
Overall the new track shows that Paramore has remained pretty strong, and the loss of their guitarist and drummer have proved to have little effect on the actual music. “Monster” is a pretty decent track, whose only downside is the lack of a hook, which can be easily forgotten with Hayley’s vocals driving it, and the intensity of the instrumentation.
While it may not exactly stand up to the rest of the tracks on Brand New Eyes, this new track is designed for a movie, and their previous song created for a soundtrack, 2008’s “Decode,” wasn’t exactly their strongest track either. “Monster” is a nice way to keep fans interested while the band prepares album #4, and while it may not exactly tell us if the band will progress for their next release, it’s still a nice treat for fans of the band.