When The After Laughter Summer Tour was announced earlier this year, excitement rushed over me while buying a ticket right away for the nearest stop. Paramore and Foster the People are two bands that are more than a band to listen to but a safe haven. Both entered my life right when I needed them.
For the Columbus date, Soccer Mommy was the opener. As a project of Sophie Allison, the female-fronted band from Nashville had an indie rock sound. Allison describes the project as "chill but kinda sad" bedroom-pop jams.
Up next came Foster The People. Seeing FTP for the first time last summer was nothing less than incredible. To no surprise they were exceptional on this tour. Of course they played "Pumped Up Kicks," but their set list had a nice balance between old and new songs. With high energy on their records, the indie rock band just comes to life on stage. Hearing "Lotus Eater" and "Don't Stop (Color on the Walls)" live is a different experience.
Finally came Paramore, undeniably charismatic with a contagious energy on stage. As their set begun, lead vocalist, Hayley Williams, reminded the crowd that their set is a time to escape from anything negative going on in our lives and the world. Their stage presence really allows for that to happen. It brought genuine joy in that moment. Playing a well-rounded set, balancing titles from the older parts of their discography to their latest record After Laughter. They played "Rose-Colored Boy" and "Fake Happy." Keep it well rounded including old favorites like "Misguided Ghosts" and "Misery Business," and even a cover of Drake's "Passionfruit." By the end, I surprisingly didn't lose my voice. When seeing Paramore, I always look forward to screaming "We Are Paramore" with Hayley Williams before their last song.
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