Near the end of a sold-out set at the Greek Theatre on Tuesday night, Hayley Williams asked the crowd to close their eyes, and imagine themselves 10 years ago. “What do you look like? How’s your hair? How are your mirror selfies? Your profile pictures?”
It was a special moment, with Williams simultaneously poking fun at and embracing the unique place her band Paramore holds in music culture.
Categorized by heavily side-swept bangs, uncomfortably tight jeans, pouty Myspace photos, and the one-of-a-kind human experience that is Vans Warped Tour, the unique sub-category of alternative rock called “emo pop” was at its height when Paramore hit the scene in 2005 with its debut album. But it wasn’t until 2007 when the band released “Riot!,” and its two monster hits (“Misery Business” and “That’s What You Get”), that the band really arrived, making Williams’ toast to the the crowd in honor of the group’s “10- year anniversary” touchingly apt.
While many of their comrades in angst-ridden arms have fallen out of favor since then, Paramore has managed to avoid becoming a Fueled by Ramen relic, thanks in large part to the dancier, ’80s-influenced direction of its latest album. Ironically, it was these back to the future-esque tracks that sounded the freshest – the synthy, polyrhythm-pop vibe aging better than the very of-their-time mall-punk cuts from further back in thei band’s discography.