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Paramore Goes “Renegade” on Scorching New Tune


Paramore debuted a new song at a show earlier this week, one of their first new tunes since since founding members Josh and Zac Farro left last December, and on it the Franklin, TN, band’s frontwoman howls intensely about an escape that never comes.

As EW notes, the live premiere came as Paramore commemorated the 15th birthday of their record label, Fueled by Ramen, at New York City’s Terminal 5. “Renegade” maintains the aggression of this summer’s “Monster” — lines like “We are just past tense” could even be references to her estranged former bandmates.

The current lineup’s furious pop-punk backing makes way for a chiming, reflective bridge, and in video of the performance, the all-ages crowd seizes the moment to clap along. That’s when Williams lets loose her most raucous cry yet: “I’ll keep RUNNNNNINNG!”

Wearing a leopard-print tank top beneath her unmistakable red hair, Williams gave this fiery new tune a distinctly mild-mannered introduction. “This next song, we have never, ever, ever played before,” she said. “And sometimes this happens and it goes wrong. I just need you guys to have fun anyways. This song we will be putting online for you to have as soon as soon as possible, as soon as we can — we’re working on it. It’s called ‘Renegade.'”

According to EW, Williams mentioned that Paramore would be playing no other shows in 2010, potentially clearing the way for the band to record its fourth album in time for a release next year.