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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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A good day for press, we have yet another Hayley interview to share with you, this time it’s an audio interview with Radio 104.5’s Wendy Rollins. Listen to it here or below.
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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Jennifer Still of HelloGiggles interviewed Hayley recently, you can read the interview below or visit HelloGiggles.com for the full story.
The music on the new, self-titled record seems really joyful, especially in comparison to Brand New Eyes, which was absolutely gorgeous but still a really heavy album – was that a natural progression or a conscious departure?
“It’s totally a thing that just happened, but at the same time, I really wanted to focus on not just, I don’t know, harping on the same old thing. Brand New Eyes was a really hard record for me to write lyrically and I was not into repeating history. It was really just a fun album to make, so I’m psyched that you feel that. That’s how it felt recording it!”
‘Ain’t It Fun’ is probably my favorite so far and I really love the gospel choir addition – it’s unexpected but still seems to fit. How did that come about? Are you into gospel?
“I love gospel music so much. I grew up in Mississippi and was in and out of a lot of churches, so I don’t know, the closest thing I get to that now is a Tyler Perry movie. I just feel really connected to gospel and when Taylor and I were writing that song, I had spend about three weeks in LA before we made that record and I found myself feeling sorry for myself, which is so stupid. I was at this great crossroads in my life: Am I going to go home and live the same old life where I was miserable for so long or am I going to try something new and step out of my comfort zone? It was kind of a letter to myself to just stop crying. I wrote that part with Taylor and I said, ‘What are we going to do to take this to the next level?’ We kept layering our voices over and over to make fun of ourselves like we were some gospel choir and then six months later, we were actually in the studio with one. That’s the best example of how for this record, we flew by the seat of our pants. We did what we thought could work, and when we followed that inspiration, it always turned out okay, into something we love.”
Is there an overarching concept for the album or is it just a little bit of everything?
“I mean, it’s a good balance between not really knowing what the hell we were doing and at the same time, being the best version of Paramore we could really be. If there had to be a theme, it’s just that we wanted to grow up and it was the first time we were really in a place to have open minds to grow. It’s amazing how you can be your own enemy and for the past six years, especially throughout the process of Brand New Eyes, we were our own worst enemies and we got out of our own way for this album.”
You had a bit of a tough time when the Farro brothers left the band. I don’t want to talk about that, but rather, can you tell us how you held onto yourselves as a band through that and managed to rebuild and reinvent yourselves successfully?
“The first few months of going through that, especially when the press outlets got a hold of the story and the blog posts and stuff, it was a nightmare. I could not leave my house in Franklin without seeing a million people that I knew who thought they knew the story better than I did. It sucked – there was nothing fun about this part of our lives. We did, again, have to learn how to get out of our own way, and once we did that, there was no reason to hold a grudge or be pissed off. You can always think about something long enough to kind of harbor resentment. I guess that’s just become my journey – that process of letting go of things and being okay with where I’m at right now. It’s like being in a relationship and a dude breaks up with you and you get really pissed and resentful even when you’re happy and in a new relationship. There’s no point – you should just move on with your life. We just want to be who we are with no apologies.”
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Yesterday Drowned In Sound posted an in depth interview with the band:
DIS: In terms of the process, where do your songs start for this record? I guess it was a slightly different process to previous albums but was it one of the guys in your practice room during most of it and then bringing songs to each other?
Taylor: It’s different every time for sure, it’s just kind of…we were just trying to figure it out every day, sometimes…full songs used to be written musically and then sent to Hayley and she would do all her melody and lyrics over it and that was it. We tried to do that on this record and it just didn’t work. None of our old tricks worked on this record, which was a bummer at first but then I felt we had a real sense of awakening. It just felt like we felt alive again. It wasn’t like we were worried because things were different, but there was this kind of nervous energy, like ‘can we do it?’ pushing us. It was a really healthy thing. But yeah, sometimes we’d start with a guitar riff and there’s a lot of ideas that were written that didn’t make it anywhere close. It was different every song, honestly. There wasn’t really a formula so much.
DIS: How much of the writing happened in the studio and how much was ready to roll?
Hayley: Surprisingly a lot of it was written before we entered the tracking phase. That never happens for us, we’re always like…I think I was telling someone, when we went in with Rob Cavallo for Brand New Eyes we had four songs. That was it.
Taylor: The songs, at their core were written, but there was so much that happened in the studio. They all pretty much took a massive turn because we didn’t have five bodies to really work out, like these different guitar parts and this drum part…we can only do so much ahead of time. I think it was really cool because the canvas was wide open and I felt like we had more room to explore. It’s funny because a lot of times we would leave it that way. Rather than before I think before we would try to…not clutter it, that’s too negative…we would try to fill up all the space. I think on this record there were times that Justin says it’s OK that there’s only one guitar part here, like you don’t need to do these things you’ve always done.
You can read more of the interview here!
They also have a competition going where you have to guess what Hayley’s favourite self-titled album is, the winner will be picked on April 2nd, so head over to their website fast and check out how to enter!
Music Feeds TV interviewed Paramore in Sydney, and they have uploaded the interview to YouTube. Watch it below.