Wrapped in the Covers: Paramore ‘After Laughter’


Am I bias? Yes, Paramore could’ve released an album of TV theme song covers and I would’ve said it was the best album of the year. Thankfully they came out with their own thing, and it is uh-mazing! Everyone agree? Yup, thought so. With the year I’m having, this was just what I needed. From “Hard Times” to “Fake Happy,” I’ve placed those close to my heart for a multitude of reasons. Just released, there aren’t too many covers of these songs (yet) so I decided to find a handful of the best from this album that is out so far…so here we go!

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Gothic Tropic: Fast or Feast


The Uber driver just went on a rant about Arco gas before turning in and slowly making his way to the pump. Not the best way to start the week, but at least I can think back to when I was in the comfort of my apartment some 30 minutes ago listening to Gothic Tropic. Her Fast or Feast presented some well thought out lines sewn across a blanket of dance beats, and at one time a little doo-wop inspired number. Definitely better than sitting on the 405 with an Uber driver talking to you while you’re trying to think.

Thinking back to better times this morning, Fast or Feast was riddled with lyrics I wouldn’t expect from a record so heavily constructed of danceable beats. Lines in both “Stronger” and “How Life Works” really hit the mark, as did the best of the bunch when it came to “Don’t Give Me Up.” That song also had an arrangement that stood out as well, as did the indie movie like ways of “Major.” In the end though my mind wanted to be home and reunited with “Feed You To The Sharks.” The music mixed with the vocal delivery, it was like listening to a song during a slow dance in the ’50s; unexpected, but respected.

Listening to music in your own home is always going to beat out sitting in traffic, especially in LA. However, it was Gothic Tropic today that I yearned to be home with. Maybe because Gothic Tropic’s beats had way more movement than the 405, or because to the lyrics that struck a positive chord, or perhaps both. Nevertheless, if you like well thought out lines, but also like to move about, check out Fast or Feast – out May 19.