In celebration of the new female bassist for Panic! at the Disco and in response to the significant lack of female-fronted bands on Warped Tour, I wanted to do an If You Like… post that features some great female-fronted bands! So here are some bands you might like if you enjoy Paramore. Keep in mind this isn’t implying that all female-fronted bands sound like Paramore, just that these few do.
Description: A band from Glasgow, Scotland, CHVRCHΞS (pronounced as “Churches”) brings a unique synth-pop sound to the genre. They formed only 7 years ago and have released two albums, The Bones of What You Believe in 2013and Every Open Eye in 2015. Their third album, Love Is Dead, is set to release later this year. Two songs from the album, “Get Out” and “My Enemy”, have already been released. Their hottest Spotify track is “The Mother We Share” from their debut The Bones of What You Believe.
Why They’re Like Paramore: CHVRCHΞS’ bright, happy synthpop sound definitely reminds me, in a way, of After Laughter by Paramore. Although vocalist Lauren Mayberry’s voice is remarkably different than Hayley Williams’, both have an amazing vocal range and utilize it in their songs. In addition, Hayley Williams is featured on a track from Every Open Eye, “Bury It”, and highly recommends CHVRCHΞS as a band, saying “Anytime I’ve worked on music outside of Paramore, it’s always been something I really truly connect with and this time is no different. I’m super honoured to work with Chvrches, to know them, and to be a part of the life of this song.”
Track Recommendations: Bury It, Leave a Trace, Get Out, The Mother We Share, Recover
Description: Hailing from the land down under (more specifically, Sydney, Australia), Tonight Alive started out in 2008 by recording and self-releasing their first two EPs. They signed to Hopeless Records in 2010, and in 2011 released their debut album What Are You So Scared Of?. In 2013, they released their second album, The Other Side, and the third album, Limitless, came out in 2016. Their latest album, Underworld, dropped in January. Their most streamed single is “Lonely Girl” off of their second album, The Other Side. Catch them on the final Warped Tour this summer!
Why They’re Like Paramore: Honestly, sometimes I listen to Tonight Alive and think that I’m listening to Paramore. Not to say that the two bands are exactly the same, but I definitely get Paramore vibes from them, especially for Paramore’s older works! They’ve definitely got that Paramore pop-rock quality. If you’re a fan of Brand New Eyes, definitely give them a listen. The lead singer Jenna McDougall has a beautiful, strong voice.
Track Recommendations: Lonely Girl, The Other Side, Disappear, You Don’t Owe Me Anything, Amelia
Description: Starting out in Massachusetts as “Operation Guillotine” and then “Paris”, but finally settling on PVRIS (pronounced “Paris”), PVRIS started out as a metalcore band, but ended up with more of a synth-pop/pop rock sound. So far they have released two albums, White Noise in 2014 and All We Know of Heaven, All We Need of Hell last November. Last year, they won Rock Sound’s “Artist of the Year” award. Their most popular single on Spotify is “You and I” from White Noise.
Why They’re Like Paramore: PVRIS has a slightly darker pop rock sound that reminds me of older Paramore albums, specifically older Paramore songs like “Playing God”. Vocalist Lynn Gunn is also great at expressing emotion through her voice, which is something I definitely admire about Williams as well. Gunn herself has also said that she’s a huge Paramore fan. Williams expresses the same about Gunn, tweeting Gunn to say, “You’re an absolute badass and your band sounds better than ever.”
Track Recommendations: My House, You and I, Heaven, White Noise, What’s Wrong
Description: Formed in 2012 in New York City, MisterWives is an indie pop/alternative dance group. They started out as a cover group, but ended up sticking together to make their own music. They have released two albums so far, Our Own House in 2015 and Connect the Dots in 2017. They’ve opened for a number of notable bands, including Panic! at the Disco and Twenty One Pilots. Their most popular single is “Reflections” off of Our Own House.
Why They’re Like Paramore: MisterWives has that upbeat kind of dance music that reminds me of Paramore’s records like After Laughter and Paramore. Their music is the type that makes you want to smile even when the topics are darker. They definitely bring an indie flair to their music, though. In addition, they have stated that they are fans of Paramore and even opened for them for a few shows.
Description: Established in 2011 in Cleveland, Ohio, Envoi is a pop-rock band that is starting to gain popularity in the Cleveland area as well as worldwide. They only released eight songs before their breakup in 2015, including one album, Changes, but their music is still being listened to, with nearly 70,000 Spotify listens a month. Their most popular song is “From a Cage”, which was released as a single.
Why They’re Like Paramore: Vocalist Maddie Finn’s voice is definitely similar to Williams’, and their music has that rock quality that reminds me so much of Paramore’s older albums. They also incorporate fantastic guitar work that is so similar to the guitar work in Riot!. If you are a fan of Paramore’s old music and are looking to find more songs in that somewhat angry style with incredible female vocalists, you will certainly enjoy Envoi.
Track Recommendations: From a Cage, Ghost, Changes, Raising the Bar, Paper Tigers
I was going through a bunch of worlds based on short stories in a book. In one, my sister and I were trying to collect some sort of anti-vampire weapon, and there was a werewolf (in human form) that freaked me out, but he claimed to only eat humans at a certain time. In another, my family and classmates went through different periods of time in cars we applied the Hank Pym method to (they were small toy cars initially, but we grew them up to a drivable size); one of the periods of time was 1980s Chicago, but we ended up in the middle of a gang war-slash-hostile takeover by Cthulhu, which my mom reacted to more with annoyance than anything else. This turned out to be a made up spot within a dream where I was trying to convince a little girl in a bathtub and her mom that the former should play with a certain toy car. Finally, I ended up in my Physics classroom, where I was simultaneously trying to come up with voices for my OCs and watch other kids play some sort of rhythm game that used licensed songs; CHVRCHES’ “Never Ending Circles” was one of the songs on it, but it didn’t get picked, to my chagrin.
what do you think of chvrches' cover of bela lugosi's dead?
For any one who wants to take a listen:
I hadn’t heard it until now?? But this is an entirely different Mood. This is like… I’ve been up since 2 am two days ago and am also drunk and am also in a club dancing my life away with mascara streaming down my face, covered in glitter, making out with a fabulously talented drag queen.
Here’s to taking what you came for And here’s to running off the pain And here’s to just another no man If you want another Say you need another Here’s to never ending circles And building them on top of me And here’s to another no man If you want another Say you need another