Best of the B Sides: “I Caught Myself”

I can’t believe I haven’t written up a b-side for Paramore yet. And this is unfortunately another slightly embarrassing b-side from a movie soundtrack. It’s a well-known truth that the Twilight series has some pretty impressive music. The soundtrack for the first movie used wonderful tracks from Iron & Wine, Blue Foundation, and Mutemath just to name a few.

Paramore produced a wonderful track for the Twilight soundtrack that didn’t get nearly as much credit as it deserves. “I Caught Myself” is some of Paramore’s best work. Bar none. I’m actually a big fan of Paramore. I know I should have gotten over them by the end of high school, but as with All Time Low, Paramore are still one of my favorite bands. Their latest self-titled album (2013) is wonderful work. The band had lost two of its founding members in 2010, and the Paramore’s sound actually benefited from the loss. Paramore is a less angsty, more artistic album than anything else the band has produced before. They grew up a little bit.

“I Caught Myself” came out around the same time as Brand New Eyes (2009). In fact, the better-known Twilight-specific Paramore song “Decode” made it on to Brand New Eyes. So why didn’t “I Caught Myself”? It has all the best elements of Paramore and none of the worst. The drums and guitar are shockingly clean and light, but it adds up to another commanding Paramore song. Frontwoman Hayley Williams doesn’t entirely rely on her astonishing range (no matter how much I like that she can belt as high as she can, it’s nice to hear her take a break every now and then so we can actually hear her voice) and “I Caught Myself” holds itself to a certain integrity Paramore hadn’t been executing as often back then. Now with Paramore they consistently reach that integrity, so maybe “I Caught Myself”, as little-known as it is, was fuel for Paramore’s new and improved sound.

The chorus plays a particularly interesting trick. Instead of amping up the guitar power, the guitar melody stays exactly the same as it does in the verses. All that changes is the drums and the bass. If that sounds strange or like it won’t make much of a difference, give the song a listen and see if you notice how relatively buoyant the chorus is.

“I Caught Myself” seems like the blossoming point for Paramore’s newer hits like “Ain’t It Fun” and “Still Into You“, both fabulous tracks that reigned in the angst and honed focus. Plus there were few Paramore songs in their earlier days that could be called “fun”. But Paramore is a straight-up fun album. So if the change seemed sudden and unexpected to you, go back to “I Caught Myself” and see if you can hear hints of what was to come.

Photo courtesy of the band’s website.

2 Comments

  1. Lauren S

    July 28, 2014 at 9:38 pm

    I haven’t listened to Paramore in so long, but this is a good track, thanks for highlighting it!

  2. Devon O' Connor

    July 31, 2014 at 6:02 pm

    Really cool analysis of the song’s role in Paramore’s career! I never thought of it that way, but I totally agree. Great song! And girl, I’ll never get over Paramore…or All Time Low!

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