Paramore has released their first new song in five years, with “This Is Why” marking the return of emo royalty (though, with Hayley Williams remaining a fixture around the likes of Billie Eilish, Olivia Rodrigo and other young stars she helped creatively raise, it’s an open question as to whether the band was really ever “gone.”)
The new single isn’t about reinvention. It’s about relishing in what Paramore (and other indie rock bands that broke in the early 2000s era) did best: Create emotional, guitar-driven rock that wears its heart on its sleeve without irony.
Here’s our look at six other bands from the era that should release new albums of their own.
Run Kid Run
Last album: 2011
It’s been a little over a decade since we last heard from these guys, and we think it’s about time they drop a new album, or at the bare minimum a new single.
Further Seems Forever
Last album: 2012
There have been multiple reunions and tours over the years, but it’s been five years since their album, Penny Black, dropped. At least there’s been a constant stream of new music from original frontman Chris Carrabba since the band first formed.
Last album: 2002
twothirtyeight frontman Chris Staples has been prolific since twothirtyeight disbanded in 2003, releasing several albums, both solo and with Discover America. However, Regulate the Chemicals and You Should Be Living remain classics.
Last album: 2003
Though many of the members have gone on to other projects, nothing has quite captured the same magic as 2001’s Everynight Fire Works.
The Starting Line
Last album: 2007
The band has remained active over the years, releasing a small EP and a few live albums. It’s time for some new music, and there’s no time like the present.