“After a long career in the music industry, we have decided to announce that…we will continue to have a long career in the music industry (sorry for any inconvenience)”
Paramore made fans nervous when they recently canceled shows and shut down their website, but fear not: The new indie band announced Saturday that they're still together. And this year’s Record Store Day Ambassadors.
“After a long career in the music industry, we have decided to announce that…we will continue to have a long career in the music industry (sorry for any inconvenience),” Paramore joked in a statement.
“Our first task as a newly independent Paramore is to shine a light on independent record stores – a vital part of our journey from music-obsessed school friends to professional music makers. That being said, we are honored to be your ambassadors for Record Store Day 2024. The timing seems kismet.
Paramore's 20-year tenure at Atlantic Records ended in 2023 with That is why, who won a historic Grammy last week as the first female group to win best rock album. (Paramore, however, skipped the ceremony.)
“The discovery of music has always been romantic. Independent record stores are some of the only spaces we have that provide a tangible, tactile experience of music discovery,” Paramore added. “In a world that seems more disconnected and hostile than ever, it's important to stay in touch (literally) with what inspires us, empowers us, or simply brings us joy. Fortunately, for all our sakes, there still survives amidst the chaos the purity and radical simplicity of a great record store.
This year's Record Store Day is scheduled for April 20. Past ambassadors include Taylor Swift, St. Vincent, Metallica, Pearl Jam, Jack White and Jason Isbell and Amanda Shires. As part of their duties, ambassadors generally offer an exclusive version for the occasion; It's not yet clear what Paramore has in store for us, and whether this is the first album of their “next era” as an independent band.