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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.”
What’s one of the coolest moments you’ve had in your career?
“One of the coolest shows that we’ve done was playing with The Cure, which is one of my all-time favorite bands. So to not only be making the record of our lives but also to be playing with our favorite band of all time, at the same time, was incredible.”
It’s been three years since your last album. What have you been up to?
“I sort of moved to LA to get away from Nashville. Being alone at such a crucial time and not having the comforts of home and my family to lean on was the closest I’ll ever get to moving away for college. Now I can cook a meal every night if I need to. Those are the simple things that everyone my age knows how to do, and I’d never had a chance to learn them.”
You have a very loyal fan base of young girls. How does that feel?
“It’s really amazing and very flattering. I feel like when I was a teenager, I didn’t have a lot of girls to look up to that I really, really admired. I was a guy’s girl and didn’t have great experiences with girl friends, which is such a shame. I look back now and think about how much more confident I might have been if I had had more girl friends or if I had a strong female role model. From thirteen to nineteen, those teenage years are so crucial and it’s such an important time for girls. I look at my young sister and see such a huge future for her, and as long as she has someone backing her up and as long as she still supported, she can do that.”
What makes you feel empowered?
There’s nothing more empowering than playing a live show. We just got done with a festival in Australia, and us and Garbage were the only female-fronted bands there. It shouldn’t be like that, but being one of the few and being able to hold our own is an honor. Seeing big tough guys come to the show and say, ‘This rules!’ is so great.”
You’re quite the style icon. Are you interested in fashion?
“It’s so funny, I don’t feel stylish and I wear sweatpants any change I get. I try to be really honest in dressing how I feel. It’s about expressing myself and not about following the trends. I don’t consider myself a fashion girl, but I am often interested in what Miu Miu is doing. I mostly shop at thrift stores and vintage, plus Topshop and H&M. When we tour, I shop. We were just in Sydney, and I went into this random store called JayJays and picked up 10 pairs of leggings.”
Is there a story behind your signature orange hair?
“I always had my hair red as a younger teenager, and when we were writing songs for Riot I had this urge to look like an anime character. It’s been like that ever since. I like how light I feel with orange. Orange is my absolute favorite.”
You just signed on to do a collection with MAC. Are you into makeup?
“As a teenager, I wasn’t. Photographers used to hate me, all they wanted was to put chapstick on my lips to make me look not dead and I’d refuse. I’ve always tried to be no-fuss. After we went to Japan for the first time, I saw all of these girls who really expressed themselves through makeup and started to do more. I use MAC on my eyes, but I use drugstores brands too. I’m not a makeup elitist.”
While at SXSW the band was interviewed by Billboard as well. They talk about “being back”, their new sound, SXSW, upcoming live performances and so on.
Fuse interviewed Paramore on the 14th of March in Austin, TX. In this interview the band talks about their new album, upcoming single “Still Into You” and the idea behind Now’s music video.
Hayley did another phone interview, this time it’s with 102.1 The Edge Radio. She talks about the upcoming listening party in Dallas and their new music.
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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