Paramore is an American rock band from Franklin. Paramore formed in 2004 when Hayley
Williams (lead vocalist) met brothers Josh Farro and Zac Farro. Hayley was off performing with
a band called The Factory’, this is how she met soon to be bassist of Paramore Jeremy Davis.
Meanwhile Josh and Zac would practise at the weekends. They were very apprehensive about
a girl being part of the band, however Hayley started off writing for them and they were all very
good friends, so they gave it a shot.
So the band was then made up of Hayley Williams (lead vocalist), Josh Farro (lead
guitar/backing vocals), Zac Farro (drums), Jeremy Davis (bass guitar) during 2014. Until the
newest member soon joined, this being Hayley's neighbor Jason Bynum (rhythm guitarist)
However on the 18th of December Hayley, Jeremy and Taylor released a message on
Paramore.net explaining that Josh and Zac were leaving Paramore. This was to change the
whole dynamics of Paramore as they decided to still keep the band going but as a three now.
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Fast in My Car
2. Hello Cold World 2.
Interlude: Moving On
Ain’t it Fun
Still Into You
Hate to See Your Heart Break
(One of Those) Crazy Girls
Interlude: I’m Not Angry Anymore
Brick by Boring
Turn It Off
Where the Lines
All I Wanted
For a Pessimist, I’m
Pretty Optimistic 2.
2. That’s What You Get
4. Misery Business 5.
5. When It Rains
6. Let the Flames
8. Crushcrushcrush 10.
9. We Are Broken
11. Born for This
All We Know
Here We Go Again
Never Let This Go
This was Paramore’s first album called ‘All we know is
falling’. The album is very simple, set in the woods, which
has a link between on of the songs that featured in the
movie ‘Twilight’ that drastically set off their careers. The
movie twilight often has major scenes that are set in the
woods as vampires they would often go their to hunt and
in the film there are a number of romantic scenes. The
noticeable change I have picked up on from looking at
the album covers, is the way that the name band name
‘Paramore’ stands out in comparison to the second
The second album ‘Riot’ has a
completely contrasting cover,
from the colour choices to fact
there aren’t any pictures. This
shows to me they are finding
their own identity. They also
make the band name less
noticeable on the front cover, it
blends in considerably and
unless you’re looking for it, I
highly doubt you would even
notice it was there.
Brand New Eyes cover shows that Paramore have
chosen their brand ‘font’. As it is the same as the very
first albums font. This shows a link throughout the
albums, even though they are evolving as they get
more known as a group. The buttery with detached
wings links to the song ‘Brick By Boring Brick’, in which
Hayley sings ‘She's ripping wings off of butterflies’. This
shows that even though the album covers are all very
different and their isn't always a clear link between
them, every cover connotes to one of the songs within
Monster was released in June 2011, it was the first song to not feature
Zac and Josh Farro. It was also the second single on the Transformers:
Dark of The Moon Album.
Some Paramore fans believe that this music video is the most
meaningful out of all the videos they have created as a bad. Monster is
the first song they released since Josh and Zac left, therefore it
symbolises them as a group and how they’ve had to work through this
The opening scene is of the band all in water with their faces
showing. There is a significant link between the lyrics and the
water. ‘You were my conscience so solid now you’re like water
and we started drowning, not like we’d sink any further’. So
showing the band in water may have a link between how they lost
some members and how she felt they were a solid group and
Hayley relied on them. However since the breakup they started
sinking, and they are stuck there, not able to move or ‘sink any
further’. The use of this dark mysterious water makes the
audience believe maybe the water is the monster, as it is dark and
gloomy, pulling the band members down?
Moreover the captivating side shot
shows each members reflection in
the dark water. the lyrics ‘we started
drowning’, plays on the mind of the
audience as it looks almost as if that
is the view underneath the water
and they truly are drowning.
As I have already mentioned, there are a lot of ideas that the video for
Monsters is base on Paramore’s breakup situation. I have based my analysis
of the music video on this idea, as it has the most connection to the video.
The mid shot of the group in the water displays that the group have their eyes
closed, this could mean that since the breakup they can’t communicate as
well as before? Or maybe even reenact the time they spent apart from one
another when they first broke up. However the fact they are all laying close
together shows they are still close and are ready to rebuild themselves as a
The line ‘Now that you’re gone, the world is ours’ is being sung passionately
by the band in the hospital. There are often close ups of each members face
to show give the audience a clear picture of the passion and anger in their
faces. Maybe this line is about the members that left, ‘the world is ours’ they
This makes me believe that the abandoned hospital is a place in which the band where to have healed. The
band are seen once in white outfits all together in one room and then seen running through the hospital trying
When Paramore are dressed in white they are singing and it seems they are trying to wake up the other
members and make them take on their demons. I made this connection between them being different
characters as every time a member in white hits the wall of them enclosed room explosions set off. This is to
wakes up and puts obstacles in the way of the characters in the alternate universe. This is use of pyrotechnics
makes an amazing effect and looks extremely realistic. It also displays allows the audience to feels sympathy
Brick By Boring Brick
Brick By Boring Brick was released on the
23rd of November 2009 and co-directed by
Meiert Avis and Chris LeDoux, members of
New Found Glory and U2. The song was
their second single from the album ‘Brand
New Eyes’. It gained publicity from featuring
in one of The Vampire Diaries episodes a
popular teen programme.
This line is from the narrator to the girl, they are
trying to explain that life is all about how you look
at it. If you look at life optimistically, it won’t be so
When you dream, don't get too carried away as you still have
to deal with the consequences of the real world in the end.
This girl has created a
fantasy world for herself to
escape the real one that
she is living in
She doesn’t know what to believe anymore and consequently is
This means that the girl should bury her
fantasies, because they're hurting her more
than helping her and she is losing touch of
what is real and what isn’t
The girl left her imaginary world for a boy and
ended up getting hurt because she was used to
everything going her way, like in her fairytale
Here there is a debate of what is real, it seems like the
singer is voicing her opinion of what is real also. Then not
sure of what is the real definition of what is real, she
decides to define what is ‘true’
This is a key line within the song, it shows that if
you live your in reality it will be boring yet boring.
Whereas living in a fairytale world will be unstable
and hurt you.
At the beginning of the music video for Brick By Boring Brick the camera pans
and zooms into his establishing shot. You can clearly tell the place isn’t real due
to the filter on the whole place, which is kept throughout the video. This effect
gives the idea that the place isn’t real and has a really fantasy edge to it. The
colours running throughout are mostly orange hues, representing warmth and
autumn. You can also tell the place is very isolated and there are a lot of fields
in which you can go and investigate. Automatically you can link the lyrics to the
visuals. There is a sense o fairytale and adventure, lacking reality.
Hayley Williams the lead singer of the band is featured in the music video, as
she does in most of the bands music videos. However she is dressed differently
and has different coloured hair, contrasting greatly with her usual trademark
orange hair. She has been made to look like ‘Alice’ from Alice in Wonderland,
which I find extremely interesting. This character is known for her iconic
adventurous side and lack of belief in the real world. Nevertheless she is not the
main character within the video, she seems to be acting as the narrator. Almost
acting as if she is Alice talking about past experiences, warning the little girl
about loosing herself within a reality world as it can be dangerous.
The interesting fantasy effect is upheld with the filter wherever
the little go wonders off to. She is wearing wings, which is also
very striking as this isn’t realistic as humans do not have
butterfly wings. Linking with the line ‘she’s ripping wings off of
butterflies’. The use of over sized mushrooms shows the vast
difference in size of the little girl and the big world around her,
maybe she is out of depth?
The idea of size and scale is also portrayed during a low angle
shot looking up at the castle. This scary shot shows how small
she is inside and out and foreshadows the bad things that she
isn’t prepared for, within the castle.
Once the girl then enters the castle she is met by the scary fictional
characters shown above. These characters are accompanied by the
lyrics ‘If it’s not real, you can’t hold it in your hand, you can’t feel it with
your heat and I won’t believe it. But if it’s true, you can see it with your
eyes, oh even in the dark and that’s where I want to be, yeah’. I feel
this means she is finally realising that the world she is in isn’t real and
it’s all psychological. Due to this realisation everything is going wrong
and her demons are catching up with her and have stepped into her
After her two worlds merging into one,
the girl realises that it’s time to go
back to reality. She rips off her wings
and tries to run away, however the
earth is trying to pull her down and not
let her escape. I feel that this reflects
the debate going on in her minds, she
is tied between doing what’s right and
returning to reality and staying in her
fantasy world in which she prefers.
The last shot is that of the little girl falling
into the hole in the floor and Hayley
Williams throwing her teddy in after her,
then walking off. This showing that she
has ‘buried the castle’, her fantasy world
and return back to reality.
That’s What You Get
That’s What You Get was released on the
24th March 2008, on the 12th December it
was certified Gold in the US selling over
500,000 copies. The video was directed by
Marcos Siega and shot in Nashville,
Tennessee on March the 2nd and 3rd.
The lyrics to this song have very clear meanings, however is very different to the typical love songs that
were released around the same time. The song is about staying with someone that doesn’t care as much
about you, as you them. Hayley sings ‘All the possibilities, well I was wrong’, she is explaining how the girl
has feelings for a guy, however he clearly doesn’t reciprocate them. The song is also about the pain that
comes with a relationship/ the pain of knowing your relationship isn’t what it should be. It explains that you
need to let go and move on, however at the same time the relationship still brings the girl in the video false
hope that something will change.
The lyrics ‘That’s what you get when you let your heart win’ explain that as much as she wants to let him
go because she knows he doesn’t like her and is talking to other girls, she cannot because she let her
heart win and fell for him.
We are then told that letting her heart win is a habit of hers ‘I still try holding onto silly things, I never learn.’
and she continues by saying it’s not her fault. She isn’t going to blame herself for liking him and getting
hurt, ‘I don’t wanna be the blame, not anymore. It’s your turn’.
The music video itself is very hard to analyse. There is a girl a boy that are
clearly being sung about throughout the video and towards the beginning of
the video there is a split screen of both of them at their own houses. I shows
the girl going to ring him and then follows onto long shots of them walking to
meet each other. The split screen comes in very useful and a simple but
extremely good shot. This is when he seems to be talking to other girls, you
also get to see close ups of the girl that has feelings for him. This is good as
you understand what he has done and how this action effects the girl.
Throughout the music video there are a variation of close ups and long shots
of the memebers of Paramore singing. It becomes clear that they are in the
same house in which the party is set where the boy and girl are. It shows that
they are all friends and maybe they are performing for the party.
‘Fast In My Car’
I have chosen to create a music video for the song ‘Fast In My Car’. For this song I have
played on the idea of Cars. I would start off with a long shot of the whole band performing
(as most of their most successful songs include at least one band member) in a dark
room which eventually lights up with pyrotechnics and paint being splattered. Like in the
picture below. Then the camera will zoom out and you will see that the image you were
just watching was being displayed on a massive screen. It will then become clear by an
establishing shot that the band are being played at a drive-thru vintage cinema. The band
will be watching themselves play on this big screen sat in the back of a truck. The film
that they are watching will be based on how Paramore got famous. They will look exactly
as they do at the beginning of the film then blossom and get famous, performing at
massive concerts. This will then give the version of Paramore that are sat in the van,
inspiration to work hard and they will drive off over the San Francisco bridge screaming at
the top of their lungs. The camera will pan with the car. Then as the song progressively
slows down, the camera will be inside of the car, enabling the audience to see what
Paramore can see and the car will be swerving left and right to avoid the car coming
towards them-this will all be in slow motion, in time with the music.
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