Regardless of whether upbeat emo pop-punk is your cup of tea or not, the infectious energy and catchy melodies that have won Paramore millions of fans worldwide just can’t be denied. Led by spunky frontwoman Hayley Williams, a petite red-headed powerhouse of a singer, the US band were catapulted to success in 2007 with the release of Riot! – an album that was brimming with youthful, raw energy and lyrics worthy of a classic high school romance.
The band’s third effort, 2009’s Brand New Eyes, strayed away from the hopeful naïvety that marked the band’s previous work, succesfully creating a more mature and critically-acclaimed sound. Influenced by teen pop-punk queen Avril Lavigne and emo rockers Jimmy Eat World, Paramore have become icons to a younger generation of hardcore rock lovers with their effervescent performances and Williams’s sassy stage presence. As if to prove their work ethic, the world tour takes in seven gigs in Brazil alone. Beat that, Elton.