It’s no overstatement to say that Paramore have proven a massive influence on so many faces across music today. Their second record ‘Riot!’ particularly - the latest inductee to DIY’s illustrious Hall of Fame - can be heard embedded in the killer hooks of more or less every band going; incendiary, vivid, and bursting with the primary colours that still fuel Paramore to this day.
Sløtface - like many other DIY faves - have a lot of love for Paramore, and with ‘Riot!’ entering out Hall of Fame, naturally we hit up Norway’s best pop-punkers to look back on an iconic album.
“When I was 13 years old, I went to the mall for the first time in my life. Well, the first real time,” Tor-Arne Vikingstad - Sløtface’s resident fret-shredder - tells us, spinning the tale of how he first came across Paramore’s seminal second album, ‘Riot!’
“It was me, two of my friends from school, no parents and 200 Norwegian kroners, which amounts to about 20 British pounds,” he says. “I had no idea what to do with them, so I bought an ice-cream. I almost bought 3 scoops, but went with one. In case anything better showed up,” he hints. “And it did, because after 3 hours of nothing except 2 very awkward minutes giggling outside the sex-toy shop, I managed to steer my reluctant friends in the direction of the record shop…”
“The stuff you listen to as a kid never slips, and it rocks harder than anything else you will hear the rest of your life.”
Tor-Arne Vikingstad, Sløtface
“We were all wearing hoodies, due to heavy rotation of both D12 albums ‘Devils Night’ and ‘D12 World’, Eminem and ‘Curtain Call’ and occasionally Akon’s ‘Trouble’. We bought a D12-poster first thing, courtesy of my friend. We kept looking around, and something caught my eye. It was the cover of [Green Day’s] ‘American Idiot’. I went closer, and Paramore’s ‘Riot!’ was next to it!” Tor says.
”We bought both with the remaining ice cream-money. That turned out to be the milestones of my musical taste to this day, and what I spend most of my days trying to achieve myself. The stuff you listen to as a kid never slips, and it rocks harder than anything else you will hear the rest of your life. D12 and Paramore FOREVER!!”
For all the rest of DIY’s Hall of Fame coverage, head here.