Belated Soundcheck Sunday

I was in transit on Sunday (well, not really — I was in transit Sunday night, and sitting on a beach for most of Sunday itself), so here’s the Soundcheck for this past week. We apologize for the delay. Not that anyone actually cares, mind you…

This week’s Soundcheck isn’t really about the song, but rather who is doing the singing: Hayley Williams of Paramore. Those of us who aren’t quite as hip and with it (and, also, not teenagers) might have first run into Williams and her band as part of “Guitar Hero: World Tour” where “Misery Business” featured rather heavily in one segment of the game. Paramore always struck me as kind of a twee band, sort of like Avril Lavigne but with actual musical talent; it was hard to get enthusiastic about a band that was made of people under the age of 20. And, let’s face it, when you’re over the age of 30 you probably shouldn’t be listening to stuff that’s made by and popular with the under-20 crowd — it’s, I dunno, creepy.

But here’s the thing: Riot! was really good. And Hayley Williams is so good, and has such a shocking voice (warning: obnoxious but illustrative video lives on the other end) that it’s hard not to pay attention. I’m not going to run out and chase Paramore or Williams’ tour bus down or anything like that, but yeah, they’re both great.