Rock outfit Paramore has just been announced as the global ambassadors for Record Store Day’s 2024 celebration.

The newly independent powerhouse shared the news in a cheeky statement, quipping, “After a long career in the music industry, we have decided to announce that… we are going to continue to have a long career in the music industry (sorry for any inconvenience).” Embracing their newfound independence, they expressed eagerness to shed light on independent record stores, crucial in their evolution from music-obsessed school friends to seasoned music creators.

In an Instagram post shared by Record Store Day US, Paramore emphasized their commitment to championing independent record stores. “Our first order of business as a freshly independent Paramore is to shine a light on independent record stores—a vital part of our journey from music-obsessed school friends to professional music makers.” Reflecting on the importance of music discovery as ambassadors for the global celebration, Paramore articulated, “The discovery of music was always meant to be romantic. Indie record shops are some of the only spaces we’ve got that offer a tangible, tactile experience of music discovery.”

The timing of their ambassadorship, coinciding with their departure from Atlantic Records in 2023 after a 20-year tenure, seems serendipitous. Their final album with Atlantic, “This Is Why,” made history by winning a Grammy for Best Rock Album, marking the first-ever female-fronted act to achieve such an accolade. Notably, Paramore opted out of attending the Grammy ceremony.

Also recently, Paramore was announced as part of the upcoming tribute album to Talking Heads’ Stop Making Sense album alongside other acts like Miley Cyrus, Lorde, and more. The group just released their cover of “Burning Down The House”, which is also out now on all major streaming and digital platforms.

Record Store Day 2024 is scheduled for April 20, and Paramore join the esteemed ranks of past ambassadors like Taylor Swift, Metallica, Pearl Jam, Jack White, and more. Traditionally, ambassadors contribute an exclusive release for the occasion, sparking anticipation about Paramore’s potential unveiling, possibly marking the commencement of their “next era” as an independent musical force.

Listen to Paramore’s Grammy-winning rock album “This Is Why” below: