Photos by Lindsey Byrnes
Since our friends Secret Signals announced Paramore's stop at Jakarta for the fourth leg of their tour, we have been preoccupied with the big question —
What's After Laughter?
No, not the album but exactly, what comes after that? As portrayed in Fake Happy (the third single from Paramore's 2017 release), happiness should never be a goal. In fact, the entire album screams the need to disguise one's fears and misery through joy — which is what makes our standards of happiness so over-the-top and increasingly unattainable.
The acceptance of mental health crisis has been making its rounds. With that comes creation, which explains the various displays of art around the topic in the last two years. In fact, it has gotten so much traction that AIGA had to remind artists and consumers to steer away from using mental health as a trend to leverage their work or reputation.
In it, Indhira Rojas explains that
mental health deals with more than just solutions. It stems from emotions and perceptions, and the greatest power lies in expressing these thoughts.
This goes hand in hand with FADER's 2017 cover story with Hayley Williams, which introduced Paramore not as rock stars, but ordinary human beings going about their days in Nashville while navigating their differences and difficulties through music.
In comparison to coming-of-age Paramore, the band we see today is merely one aspect of the individual members' lives — perhaps through hardships faced from previously molding their lives according to the existence of the band.
These days, we see Hayley Williams channelling her artistic output in goodDYEyoung, Zac Farro revelling in his other musical project HALFNOISE and being completely human via film escapades and Taylor York keeping his personal life private to the world. This form of balance has done them well.
Today, listeners at a show can expect full fluidity. Paramore makes sure to present a new found truth — that, sometimes (most of the time), nothing is okay, but there's always room for healing. To us, at least, 'After Laughter' acts as a guiding tool.
Apart from belting out and dancing to melodies like Rose-Colored Boy and Caught in the Middle (not discounting the all too familiar Hard Times), Paramore has also been caught in the action performing their own renditions of music from other experimental artists like SZA and a late 70s tune by Blondie.
If 2017 saw them jumping boundaries, 2018 would be the start of a great decade for Paramore as brand new artists in their own right.
Tickets to Paramore: Tour Four — Indonesia on 16 February here.