Paramore explore polyrhythmic funk-pop on their new single, “Told You So.” Over Zac Farro’s New Wave drum groove and Taylor York’s spidery guitars, singer Hayley Williams alludes to a combative relationship: “I know you like/ When I admit that I was wrong and you were right.”
In the song’s stylish video, directed by Farro and Aaron Joseph, the trio cruise around in a car wearing red berets. York performs his riffs in the backseat, while Farro endangers their lives by playing tambourine behind the wheel.
“Told You So,” the second single from the band’s upcoming fifth LP, After Laughter, premiered Wednesday via Zane Lowe’s Beats 1 radio show. In an interview promoting the track, Williams told Lowe she struggled to craft the lyrics.
“That was one of the first pieces of music that Taylor sent me,” she said. “I had a little thumb-drive, and I would just drive around listening to it, and especially back and forth from Taylor’s house. And I would sing little rhythmic sings to myself – they didn’t make sense. There were no words. But this is another one that really intimidated me because I was like, ‘I have all these melody ideas because there’s no so much melody going on and so much rhythm going on. It’s so inspiring. But how am I going to fit what I feel into that?’ It took a minute.”
Paramore announced After Laughter and released its lead single, “Hard Times,” last month. The album, which marks Farro’s return after a seven-year absence, is their first since the departure of co-founding bassist Jeremy Davis.
The band will perform alongside headliners Nine Inch Nails, Queens of the Stone Age and reunited punk giants Jawbreaker at the Chicago installment of this year’s Riot Fest.