Paramore recently announced the details of their fifth album, This is Why, which is due out February 10 via Atlantic. Today the band has shared the second single from the album, titled “The News,” which pairs lyrics about anxiety from a 24-hour news cycle with a blend of pop hooks, math-rock complexity and a post-punk pulse. Hear it below.
Vocalist Hayley Williams said in a press release, “The News is one of those songs that came together pretty quickly and felt exciting from the start. It feels like a happy medium between classic Paramore angst and bringing in some influences we’ve always had but never exploited. Watching Zac track drums for this one was one of my favorite memories from the studio. Lyrically, it probably explains itself. The 24-hr news cycle is just impossible to comprehend. And I feel a pang of guilt when I unplug to protect my headspace. The common reaction, or non-reaction, seems to be dissociation. Not one of us is innocent of that and who could blame us?”
Paramore’s “This is Why” is on our list of the 100 Best Songs of 2022.