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Paramore will be on the cover of Alternative Press’ January 2012 “Most Anticipated Music of 2012” issue. It’ll be on sale all around the US by the beginning of December. Find out more about the issue and how to buy it here.
The magazine will include an interview and a new photoshoot of the band. The pictures were taken by their own photographer Lindsey Byrnes, and the article and interview were done by AP’s Annie Zalenski. The interview and the photoshoot were both done in New York City back in September, when the band played at the 15th Anniversary Concert of Fueled By Ramen. Below is a snippet of the interview, enjoy!
“We’ve always enjoyed what we do,” guitarist Taylor York says, “but we’d watch other bands on tour with us and they would just be having a blast. They’d be in vans, all cramming in one hotel room. Every day, they were just stoked to be there. In my head, I’m like, ‘Either they’re just really mistaken’”—at this, everybody laughs—“‘or we’re missing something. I don’t think it’s possible to have that much fun.’”
“I felt so bad for the longest time, because we made being in a band look like it wasn’t fun,” adds frontwoman Hayley Williams. “In my opinion. Other people might not have thought that, but you imagine all the interviews we did where it was just like, ‘Uhhh…’
“It’s important for young people to know how much fun it is to make music with your friends,” she continues. “You have to fight for it, of course, but it’s the biggest gift to play music for people, and it’s a gift even if you’re not playing for anybody. It’s fun, and I’m excited. We’re stoked to have that spirit revolving around this [forthcoming] album and just relax into the process.”
The members of Paramore admit keeping things low-key—and being selective about their promotional obligations—helped them get through the year. But paradoxically, getting back on the road and being around their fans was good for morale. York says Paramore started rediscovering how much they enjoy being in a band together while touring this year, especially when they traveled to South America in February. “This winter, when Zac and Josh left, we went through a really hard time,” he says. “I think we had to go through that. We all love each other, but we had to come together so closely that we really rediscovered how much we really love each other—and how much we love playing music. We had to go through that to realize what we had.”
“For a while, it felt like music was our only escape, like soundcheck or shows,” says bassist Jeremy Davis. “And it never was long enough; you didn’t really want to leave soundcheck, because that’s whenever nothing else mattered. We’ve always had a blast onstage, had fun with the fans and the interaction and everything. But it seems like so much more fun [now], I have no idea why. What used to not be fun, we find joy in—and find joy in each other. It shows in every way, even onstage. Now we’re bouncing all over the place and smiling. If you mess up, it’s like, ‘Whatever, it’s music.’”
These pictures were taken during the “Pop Punk Is Not Dead” tour of New Found Glory. What do you think about her new hair? I personally love it!
What do you think? We think it’s fierce! These pictures were taken during the Pop Punk Is Not Dead tour of New Found Glory.
We have just added some more pics from Jeremy & Kathryn’s wedding to the gallery! You should check them out!
And here’s a new interview with Taylor talking about Josh and Zac and the new album. Watch it below:
We have added two pics from Jeremy and Kathryn’s wedding in September. Then we have a random picture of Hayley and Chad, but looks like it’s an older one as Hayley’s hair is different than it is now.
And below is an interview from a Portuguese magazine, Antifrase. Thanks to unfolias from the LJ community for translating it into English.
We talked on the phone with Jeremy from Paramore, who besides being super nice, spoke briefly about country music, religion, Paramore’s new album and what it’s like to be a superstar. Check it out:
Interviewer: You were born and raised in Nashville, a place where country music is everywhere. Do you like it, do you listen to that kind of music?
Jeremy: Yes, we are surrounded by country music, so you can’t help but like it. You know, I tried to not like it for a long time, but living in Nashville, you live country music and fall in love with it. So yes, we all like to listen to country music. We have a lot of friends who play this music, and country artists are always very good people. So yes, the answer is yes.
I: You are working on a new album? When will it come out?
J: Yes, we’re resting a bit after finishing our tour of the brand new eyes, now we are composing and writing our new album, especially Hayley and Taylor. And we’re very excited about this, we have no exact plan for now but we are definitely writing. So, I don’t know when it will come out yet, but you know soon. Hopefully soon.
I: You are very religious. Do you think it reflects something in the band?
J: So, you know. We are not a Christian band, but we are Christians who play in a rock band, which is totally different. We don’t go around preaching anything or ask anyone to follow our views, opinions, or whatever. We have faith in God and are open to our fans. Everyone knows that we are Christians. If they want to talk to us about their faith, they can. We will always listen, but what we are trying is to play rock music and bring hope to people.
I: What’s it like to be in the “most sold records” from Billboard and to be nominated for awards all over the world?
J: It’s just amazing the simple fact of being listed in the charts, because we know how important it is. I always check the charts of the week and I see all the sales, ours and from other bands. It is an honour to be on the same page as many cool and big artists that we like. It feels great. It’s always good to be [nominated] because it shows us that we’re doing something right, which is good. And the prizes… We were nominated for a lot of them… We won some, we lost others, but it’s always good. It’s one of those things that shows you that your hard work is really being recognized, which is cool.
Hayley’s last entry for Paper Magazine’s tour diary has been released. Read the original version here.
Well, we made it to the end of the shortest tour in Paramore history. What a journey it was. I can’t say or type “journey” without hearing the opening of “Don’t Stop Believin'” in my head. Anyhow, I’m happy to have made all the memories we have in such a short time.
The show in Hawaii was one of the most memorable times I’ve ever had on a stage anywhere. Speaking of the stage, it was really small. Much like the ones we played when we began touring seven or so years ago and not unlike the stages on the Warped Tour. From the moment the feedback rang out, I felt like I was floating up out of my body and watching the whole show happen. It was one of those shows that matters in the way that nothing really matters. All the sweat and the aches and pains from every show before are sort of pinned to you like a blue ribbon. It feels so good to let it all go. I mean, it doesn’t look too good — with my mascara running, I looked like a dang red-headed raccon — but even that part feels good. It’s like I said, nothing matters.
Not only did I have a personal connection with the stage and the atmosphere that night but the people in the crowd made the show so intimate, you couldn’t help but feel like you knew every one there. Two people at the barricade even got engaged right smack in the middle of “The Only Exception!” Try and tell me that’s not a tear jerker. At some point during every show, I get to running my mouth about what our fans mean to us and what it means that they are there to watch us. Then I say, “Welcome to our family.” I tell them that once they are in they can’t ever get out but I don’t mean it in a Godfather, creeper sort of way. What I mean is, once we’ve all been there together and experienced music in that way, we are connected. Something takes place when you experience music with other people. It’s a connection you cannot deny and that’s what I try to acknowledge every night no matter how many people we are playing for. It is a very serious honor to play music for anybody at any time. Those of you reading this who are in a band or writing your own music know exactly what I’m talking about and if you don’t.. well, wake up already.
So besides the show and all my gushing about it, we had an amazing time just being in Hawaii for the first time as a band. Most of our time was spent relaxing so hard that I barely remember much of the first day. It was one of the only vacations I’ve ever been on in my adult life. It was really chill until someone decided it’d be a good idea if we all went skydiving the next morning before the show. Sounds like a great and totally responsible decision to you too, right? Taylor was the only one that had ever been before. He was all smiles all the way to this place while the rest of us laughed nervously in the backseat of our rented Jeep. It didn’t help that once we arrived we had to sign all these contracts that said “SKY DIVING IS DANGEROUS, YOU COULD DIE!” I swear. It looked just like that… all caps and shiz. I couldn’t even decide who to put on the emergency phone number list! Needless to say, we are all still alive or else I couldn’t have possibly written this blog.
What I have to say about our experience in the sky is this: You live and die just one time. I don’t know that skydiving is how I’d wanna go… but holy cow am I so happy that I tried it once in my life. The feeling of falling through clouds and the even more satisfying feeling of looking at the ground from 10,000 feet above it is such a humbling thing. I’ve never felt more vulnerable in my life. I’m strapped into this guy and he’s pretty much spooning me on what could be the very last day of my whole life!! But I made it… and I saw the world from an entirely new perspective. When we all hit the ground, you would’ve thought we hadn’t seen each other in years All I remember is running at Jeremy as if I was going to run straight through him. In conclusion, I’ll never do it again but I’m sure glad that I grew a pair. I never thought, as a kid, that I’d grow up and do exactly what I had always dreamed I’d do, experience things that some people never get to do, and what’s more? I get to do all of this with my best friends.
With all the gratefulness I can fit in my tiny bird body,
Hayley Williams of Paramore