Paramore Cover The Strokes At A Secret Nashville Show

Watch Hayley Williams, Taylor York and Zac Farro play their new songs live for the first time.

Written by Emilee Lindner • Photography by Kayla Merrill, Live Nation • May 12, 2017

Paramore got a jump start on celebrating the release of fifth album After Laughter on Wednesday night by playing a secret show in their hometown of Nashville. The trio performed at the small venue Exit/In, debuting live versions of "Hard Times" and "Told You So." They also broke out a cover of The Strokes' 2001 classic, "Someday."

Taylor York's guitar -- which is disctinctly heard in more intricate parts on their new album -- very precisely nails The Strokes' recorded riffs, as Zac Farro lays down a steady rock beat. In a fan-made video, below, Hayley Williams' vocals are quieter, but she takes on a Julian Casablancas tone and rolls out the lyrics in a lower range. Although Williams is known for her soaring soprano, she takes a chiller approach to "Someday" -- more nonchalant rock star than energetic power punk.

Paramore played "Hard Times" and "Told You So" live for the first time, as well, and it looked super fun. The band will be going on tour starting June 15, so check out the tour dates here and grab tickets. They'll also be playing Riot Fest. After Laughter is out now.

 

@paramore performing 'Hard Times' for the first time!

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HAPPY #AfterLaughter DAY. This album rules. 💙❤️💛 @paramore

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ok last one... maybe.. @paramore @bodegajonez @yelyahwilliams

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