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Pop-punks Paramore have returned to national TV with a dramatic, vintage-hued performance on the Late Show with Stephen Colbert. Picking up on the late ’70s vibes of the track’s original video, the band’s performance had an extra charge of drama thanks to the usual brilliance of frontwoman Hayley Williams.

Displaying some serious acting chops, Williams portrays the song’s distressed narrator vividly, signaling wide-eyed distress and flinching at the song’s disembodied, Go-Go’s-esque background vocals. In a nod to the TV themes of the video for “Rose-Colored Boy,” Williams also gets right in the face of one of CBS’ cameras for a dramatic climax. The opening shot of Williams against a flat red background is particularly reminiscent of an iconic Talking Heads moment from Stop Making Sense.

Paramore are set to hit town with special guests Foster the People and indie-rock standouts Jay Som at The Armory on July 5th.

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