Given everything Paramore have been through [article id="168883"]over the past two years,[/article] you can understand why they've decided to make a statement with their upcoming fourth album.
That album -- the first since the departure of Josh and Zac Farro (and [article id="1654829"]the subsequent fallout that followed[/article]) -- will be self-titled, an announcement Paramore made on their official site Thursday and one that makes one point abundantly clear: despite all the drama, Paramore are still a band.
"With the most pride and passion we could ever possibly express, we would like to announce that this album will be self-titled," the band wrote in a statement. "It has been self-titled through nearly the entire process. ... The whole making of this album was a rediscovering of ourselves as a band and as friends. It was a process that allowed us the freedom to explore new territory artistically and to liberate ourselves as musicians, singers, as people.
"Sincerely, we feel that the best way to give it a name is just to call it what it is," the statement continued. "This album is us."
Paramore will arrive in stores on April 9, and will be preceded by first single "Now," which, like the album title, also aims to get a point across.
"It just feels like the perfect way to start this new journey we are embarking on not only as a band but as a movement," the band wrote. "To show people that you can lose battles but come back and win full-on wars. You can rise from ashes. You can make something out of even less than nothing. The only thing you have to do is keep moving forward."
The new album was [article id="1686676"]produced by Justin Meldal-Johnsen[/article] and recorded in Los Angeles, and came about after nearly a year of solid work. And after all that, Paramore are understandably excited to begin the next chapter of their careers.
"Thanks to our fans for believing in the three of us before we ever even did," the band wrote. "We are prouder than ever and more excited now than ever to be Paramore."
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