Belfast Telegraph

Saturday 23 August 2014

Belsonic: Fans happy at Paramore of the same

Custom House Square, Belfast

Paramore returned to Belfast last night as the main attraction on the closest thing Belsonic has this year to a punk bill.

Headlining over the similarly emo-edged You Me at Six, Pure Love and Jody Has a Hitlist, the Tennessee three-piece (with session men providing rhythm guitar, drums and keyboards) delivered their inoffensive fare.

But what they lacked in truly amazing songs, they made up for in energy and enthusiasm.

Lead singer Hayley Williams may be five-foot-nothing, but she filled the Custom House Square stage. The bright red-haired frontwoman barely stopped moving for the duration of the hour-and-a-half set.

Vocally, too, she was pretty huge. Yet attempts at deepness fell flat.

She said, cryptically: “I don't know how many people looking at this stage understand what you're looking at. My friends, we are Paramore.”

It wasn't exactly a revelation.

The partisan crowd knew only too well who they were watching, singing along with hits and obscure efforts alike.

They worked the audience hard, and certain tracks such as the rockabilly-flavoured Fences and the always-infectious That's What You Get did go some way to explaining Paramore's stature. The fans lapped it all up, and even rain at the 10pm mark couldn't dampen spirits.

ANDREW JOHNSTON

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