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Hayley was interviewed by the SPIN Magazine over the phone. In this interview she confirms “Still Into You” will be their next single, and even though it’s a lovesong it will not be a sappy one, not a ballad like “The Only Exception”. She also talks about the SXSW Showcase show which is happening tonight at 12:10AM EST (Dallas, TX time). The show will be livestreamed online, click here for the stream.
We have added two new pictures of Paramore at the SXSW Festival in Austin, TX, into our gallery. Check them out by clicking the thumbnails below.
Frontwoman discusses the band’s new beginning, growing up, and trying everything at least once
“At least now, if anything, we have an excuse,” Hayley Williams said over the phone from Los Angeles, where Paramore still had some business to take care of before playing Austin’s South By Southwest. And true, it’s been almost four years since the Tennessee band’s last album, 2009’s half-million-selling brand new eyes. Not to mention the fact that two founding members, Josh and Zac Farro, quit the band in a blogspot-ready huff just before Christmas 2010. But Paramore’s self-titled fourth album, due out April 9 on Fueled by Ramen and recorded in L.A. with producer Justin Meldal-Johnssen (M83, Tegan and Sara), sounds nothing like a group hedging its bets. These sprawling 17 tracks encompass ukulele-based sauciness, twitchy new-wave romance, made-over alt-rock snarl, new-jack-swinging gospel-funk, Arcade Fire-style rafter-raising, even goth-y atmospherics.
Williams, who’s joined in Paramore by bassist Jeremy Davis and guitarist Taylor York, talked with SPIN about haters, growing up, and trying everything at least once.
You’ve said there’s no dubstep crammed onto the record, but there’s just about everything else. What was the mindset going in?
The mindset was, like, we have no idea what we’re doing. We found a lot of freedom in just letting everything happen, because we tried to force it in the beginning. The first couple of months we battled pretty insane writers block. But when we were writing we were trying to recreate something that Paramore had already done. And it just didn’t make sense, because we had already done it.
Your producer, Justin Meldal-Johnssen, told an interviewer recently that he had been “blessed with a clear mandate” when he went into the studio with you guys. What was the mandate?
It felt like our band started from scratch all over again. So we didn’t have any preconceived ideas of what things should be. It was only, how could it be? Or how far can we take this? It became like a bunch of kids throwing around instruments every day. “Oh, let me try this! What does this sound like? What does this do?” The mandate, I guess, if there had to be one, was try everything at least once.
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Teen Vogue and the British Cosmopolitan both interviewed Hayley, let’s see if there will be more of these girly interviews! Read the full interviews by clicking the “Read more” link.
There’s also a new picture of Hayley from what looks like a new photoshoot. If the picture is recent, she now has pink hair again.
// Edit: The photo is from a photoshoot that’s happening right now at the SXSW festival. Hayley is posing for Kerrang. (based on a tweet by @jamesjammcmahon)
TEEN VOGUE INTERVIEW
This week, Paramore is busy gearing up to play a handful of shows at indie-music paradise South by Southwest—their first time performing at the fest since 2008—but Hayley Williams took time away from promoting their upcoming album to talk about leaving Nashville for Los Angeles, finding a signature style, and growing up—musically and personally.
How does your new album compare to the others?
“It’s different in every possible way, which at first was a little concerning for us. Then we realized that it’s so important to grow as a band and as people. It’s been a year since we started this whole journey and everything has fallen where it’s supposed to fall. It’s the first album I’ve listened to by us that I feel like we’ve sound like we’ve grown up a lot. Now I really know what it means to grow up as a band.”
You have a hand in writing all of the songs. Have your lyrics changed a lot, too?
“As far as lyrics go, we’ve been through a ton as a band and I’ve been through a ton as a woman. I’ve accepted my womanhood and I’m very empowered by it in a really positive way. And as a band, we’ve changed a lot and what’s most exciting is that we’ve been able to explore our artistry.”
Who inspires you within the music industry?
“We’re friends with the guys in Fun. and to see where they’ve come from and where they are now, it’s inspiring to see how they’ve done a great job staying true to themselves. No matter what comes at them, they deal with it in the best way possible. They use their success in ways that are so positive.”
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More pictures from Paramore’s photoshoot for Rock Sound (by Nigel Crane) were added onto our gallery. Enjoy!
Remember that interview Hayley and Taylor did while they were in the Philippines? Clips from the interview have now been uploaded on Youtube, so go ahead and check them out! If you’ve been following @ChinoLuipio on Twitter, you already know he was the one to interview Paramore in Manila this time, and he posted a little story and a few pictures on his Tumblr quite recently. Please read his story, if you want to know why he almost had to leave the MOA Arena shirtless. The pics from his Tumblr can also be found from our gallery.
Part I | Part II | Part III
This show has not yet been added to the band’s tour dates list on Paramore.net, but a rumor has it that the band will play in Prague, Czech Republic on June 19th, 2013.
Paramore had an exclusive listening party for some of their Australian fans in Sydney, Australia, today. Warner Music Australia held a contest and 20 lucky fans were able to participate, hear five songs off of ‘Paramore’ and meet the band themselves. The band will be doing another listening party in another Australian city the day after the tomorrow.
Caitlin Chaden, 18, was one of the lucky fans that got to experience this listening party. She posted a review of the songs and the event on her Tumblr, read the original post here.
Tonight I was lucky enough to be one of about 20 people to hear 5 brand new songs from Paramore’s unreleased album! It was all very official and we weren’t allowed cameras or phones and they had to use a metal detector type thing on us before we went in! We went into the studio and sat down and waited for Hayley, Taylor and Jeremy to come in. Finally they came in and sat down and just talked a little bit about how nervous they were to be showing us the songs but how stoked they were as well. Then they left to sit next door and we got to listen to the songs. We heard “Fast In My Car”, “Still Into You”, “Last Hope”, “Ain’t it Fun” and “Part II”. I will try my best to remember details about the songs but as you can imagine it went by so quickly and 5 songs is a lot of stuff to remember!
‘Fast In My Car’ – Was quite ‘poppy’ and upbeat. A really fun song that kinda sounded like friends jamming out together.
“Still Into You” – A love type song. Really fun and sweet! Lyrics ‘I should be over the butterflies but I’m still into you’ (THESE LYRICS ARE NOT 100% CORRECT BUT THEY ARE VAGUELY WHAT I REMEMBER HEARING)
“Last Hope” – I don’t really remember a lot about this song which sucks because I know that I really loved it! I have a feeling that this one had an amazing start to it. I really nice guitar riff and a slow start before picking up to a faster pace.
“Ain’t it Fun” – Was wonderful. This is the song that the gospel choir were used on. Hayley had some amazing vocal runs/solos towards the end. The choir made it awesome. It fit so perfectly.
“Part II” – There have been rumours about the fact that this song was a follow on from Let The Flames Begin off of RIOT! and they were TRUE! It is in fact a part two of LTFB and starts off with the lyrics “what a shame we all became such fragile broken things” other lyrics included something about a “spark’ and if you recall from LTFB there were lyrics “a memory remains just a tiny spark”. You can definitely hear links between the two.. both lyrically and musically but it is a whole new song. Towards the end there’s an instrumental and it leads into the ‘Monster’ outro they’ve been playing at shows over the past year. As soon as I heard the drums start I knew it was coming and I got so excited! I sang along because I LOVE that outro and it just fit in so perfectly with the rest of the song.
I think that “Part II” would have to be my favourite. Followed closely by “Still Into You” then “Last Hope”, “Ain’t it Fun” and “Fast in My Car”. They are so close together though it’s almost impossible for me to list them in order of my favourite. All I know is that they all sounded amazing. They had a different vibe and tone to them but they just felt so right. This version of Paramore is right. It’s meant to be. Not that the other version wasn’t good…but it’s nice to see that Hayley, Taylor and Jeremy have completely found who they are as Paramore. Tonight I finally got to meet my favourite band and hug them and ask them questions. It was all so lovely. They are my favourite band for a reason and that reason was proven tonight. Paramore is and always will be my favourite band.