Paramore: The New No Doubt

And they're touring together—time for some heart-to-hearts!
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted May 20, 2009 12:41 PM CDT
Paramore singer Hayley Williams performs at Z100 Jingle Ball 2008 at Madison Square Garden, Dec. 12, 2008.   (AP Photo)
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(Newser) – Paramore isn’t just opening for No Doubt this summer—Paramore is the new No Doubt, argues James Montgomery for MTV. The “glaring similarity” between the bands is “the dynamic, iconic frontwoman who also doubles as the media focal point”—both “pretty girls with dye jobs who are showing the guys how it's done.” But the similarities go deeper, and harken back to each band’s first album.

Both debuts “hinted at things to come” while the world was too obsessed with grunge (then) or emo (now) to notice. The follow-ups catapulted the bands to stardom—and drama. Paramore now seems poised to release a third album that mirrors No Doubt’s “deeply personal” third. “Maybe there will be an official passing of the torch,” Montgomery theorizes. “After all, these two bands have a history. They just might not realize it.”