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Paramore is back. The trio released their highly-anticipated music video for their comeback single, “Now.” It’s safe to say this band has changed a lot since their debut in 2005, so we'll take a look at how the band has evolved over the years with the top five videos from Paramore. Since there will be many more videos in the future, these are the top five videos so far.
5. “Pressure” and “Misery Business”
“Pressure” and “Misery Business” tie at number 5. These two videos marked the beginning of their journey. The two songs and accompanying videos were significant introductions to the world, even though there were a few videos made in between. These videos show the early days of the band where they were still finding out who they were. These videos show the serious storyteller side and the sense of humor within the band.
4. “Brick By Boring Brick"
“Brick By Boring Brick” is the anti-fairytale. This video can be praised for being a risk, since it was, and still is, very different from their other videos.
“Ignorance” was the one song on 2009’s Brand New Eyes that Hayley Williams wrote that made her nervous about sharing it with her bandmates.
"I tried to mumble all the way through," she said in a 2010 interview about sharing the song for the first time, according to NME. "But Taylor [York] was right next to the speaker and heard every word. He gave me this fierce look – I thought he was going to kill me – and said, 'So do you want to tell me about those lyrics?'"
She added at the time, "I ran into the bathroom, I was so nervous. But we talked for two hours and reconciled a lot of tough, heavy things. That song saved our band."
The video, in return, tried to recreate that tension by being set in an uncomfortably small room - a room tight enough to make any viewer uncomfortable, too.
Fans found out later in 2010, though, that the song didn’t save the band.The tension continued. Brothers Josh and Zac Farro, the band’s original lead guitarist and drummer respectively, left the band at the end of that year. The departure of the brothers, mainly Josh, resulted in nasty allegations about the band - allegations made by Josh. He left the band rather bitterly claiming that the only one that mattered in the band was Hayley and Hayley’s dreams.
2. "Playing God"
Ironically, Paramore’s pre-split “Playing God” video painted Williams as a villain, a deceiver. She ties her bandmates up in the basement as she entertains friends. Guilt soon overcomes her.
Only time could heal those old wounds.Remaining members Hayley, Taylor York and Jeremy Davis are healing and forgiving gracefully. They have a second chance and a new outlook. They became a new band when they started a new chapter with the 2011 release of “Monster." Since the video is a good interpretation of the uncertainty and hope that was still inside the trio at that time, it just may be one of their best so far.
“Now” and the band's self-titled album, due out April 9, represent that fresh new start. In "Now," a better, stronger band shines through in the song and the video itself. The music video, directed by Daniel Cloud Campos, puts Hayley, Jeremy and Taylor in the middle of a battlefield. Not only does the battlefield offer a symbol of the challenges the three of them have faced in the last two years, but the hug at the end signifies forgiveness and the positivity they have for the future.
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