The moment that the entire Paramore fanbase had waited months for is here. The band’s latest single ‘Fake Happy’ from their 2017 album, After Laughter, has finally arrived.
During the song, we get to see a deeper side of Paramore’s new, but unofficial slogan: cry hard, dance harder. Those four little words have guided us through a year with an album of pure upbeat depression. As I’ve written before, this song is about having to look like you feel okay, even when you know that you’re not.
The video is lovely and interesting. We follow lead singer Hayley Williams as she glides through the Big Apple with everyone around putting on their fake happy face. It’s a fresh take on this song, and I never really imagined that the video would be like this… but I love it. Now that I’ve seen it, I cannot imagine the song being visualized in a more perfect way.
As we get a glimpse of the beautiful cinematography that director (and the band’s drummer) Zac Farro gives us, I personally get reminded of my own ‘fake happy’ times. I visited New York for the first time in my life this year. While I don’t believe that the city itself is the focal point of the video, it made me think of how much I fell in love with it when I was there, and the ‘fake happy’ face I had to put on right after I came back home.
The video is excellent. I would like to encourage you to watch it below and share your own thoughts. Paramore is simply the best. I’ve called other bands my favorite, but I can safely say these guys officially take that top prize in my music life. They are an ever changing, increasingly genre-neutral band that I’m glad to see grow over the years now that they’ve finally embraced their own ‘fake happy’ face. Okay, time to go watch it one hundred (*thousand) more times.
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