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Alternative Press’ Lee McKinstry interviewed Hayley at the Alternative Press Music Awards last week. She talked about winning ‘best vocalist’, meeting PVRIS’ Lynn Gunn at the awards, the end of the self-titled era and true love. You can read the interview below.
Congratulations on your win, how do you feel?
Awesome! I don’t know if I’ve ever won an award for vocals specifically, so it’s kinda cool. I think it’s cool that there’s a category for vocals here, especially in this scene. It felt good. It was really nice.
What did you think of your competition?
I was actually just psyched to be in that lineup of people, because I pretty much know all of them. It was really cool to see Lynn Gunn. I love that [PVRIS are] killing Warped Tour right now. I’m watching from afar a little bit. It’s nice that there’s another girl that sings really strongly over guitars, and it’s really translating from stage well. I was—oh my God, I almost said I was “gunning” for her, and then I realized her last name is Gunn. That was so cheesy!
Very nice, very nice. You didn’t even try.
Any information you can give us on the next Paramore album?
Oh, I can’t give you any information on it! Is that helpful? [Laughs.] We really have been home working slowly. It feels better that way. Most albums—between albums—for Paramore were always so rushed. Even between Brand New Eyes and self-titled, there was more time in between than what is normal for us, but we put out an EP, we kept touring. So it feels good to work slowly and see what comes out of it that way.
You said the self-titled era is over. So what’s next for Paramore?
I mean, that’s the scary and amazing part. To be honest, I’m still in mourning a little over the self-titled era. It was such a happy, wonderful time for our band. Our band’s been through a lot of ups and downs, so it was nice to just have those three years of exciting adventures. I’m definitely in mourning, but I’m really excited to see what happens next, because I never would’ve predicted the self-titled record. That makes me hopeful for the future.
How did you and New Found Glory decide “Vicious Love” was the song you wanted to collaborate on?
I knew they wanted a female vocal on that song particularly. When I heard that, I was like, “Here I am! I’m Hayley. From Paramore.” But seriously, I’m such a fan. Like, beyond Chad, I love those guys so much. From day one when I met them on Warped Tour, we’ve just become such good friends with them over the last few years. I really wanted to do it just for personal reasons, like just that friendship-hang situation, but I love the song.
So they already knew that was the song they wanted. I know it’s inspired by your relationship. Do you think you wanted to show a different side of that relationship?
Yeah! Even with “Still Into You,” and “The Only Exception” as well, actually. To me personally, it’s more convicting to talk about the stuff that’s hard about love, because I don’t think I really believed in it when I started to experience it. I like to keep grounded in that, and that it feels very impossible. Sometimes even when it’s happening, it still feels impossible.
I think people relate to that a little bit more.
That’s good, I like that. Because the fairytale is nice and all, but it truly doesn’t exist. I don’t mean that in a pessimistic way.
Sometimes the reality can be just as nice.
Exactly! I love the reality.
I’m just here to give you your pep talk.
[Laughs.] Thank you, thank you.
Hayley and her fiancé Chad Gilbert are on the cover of the newest issue of Alternative Press. They were interviewed by Jason Pettigrew and talked about remaking New Found Glory’s song “Vicious Love”, the story behind the song and their relationship.
New Found Glory with Hayley Williams:
This month, Artist Of The year nominees New Found Glory are reissuing their kickass album Resurrection with a remake of the pop-punk-meets-glam track “Vicious Love.” How sweet is this new version? Well, it features Paramore frontwoman/best Vocalist nom Hayley Williams, so pretty sweet. And if you’ve got your APMAs tickets, you’ll be able to see Williams and NFG perform it live. NFG guitarist Chad Gilbert and Williams talked about the story behind the single and how Williams likes pampering her fiancé’s bandmates.
What’s the story behind the new version?
Gilbert: the songs was originally on resurrection. I wanted to redo it, so I hit up Hayley and I was like, “Hey can you help me brainstorm and think of a cool female vocalist to sing on this?” [Laughter.] Ian [Grushka, NFG bassist] loves Kacey Musgraves and one time I saw this post where she said her first crowd-surf was at a New Found Glory show. Hayley’s friends with her so I was like, “Maybe we would do it or…“
Hayley Williams: …and I’m like [points at self, starts clearing throat]
Gilbert: …and I’m like, “You? That’s little too obvious for me.” And she’s like, “No. I love New Found Glory. I want to do it and I know I would kill it.” So I said to her, “Obviously, I’m not going to tell you ‘no,’” –the band loves her and we love her voice and she’s so talented – and I think [her contribution] makes the song special, because it was inspired by her.
The song isn’t a perfect love song: It’s easy to see photos of Hayley and me on Twitter and think, “Oh, they’re perfect.” The truth of the matter is no relationship, even if [it’s] working, is ever easy. We did have a phase that felt like constant battling, and I feel like when you’re in that friction, living in that tension made us realize that our relationship was worth it. When people in a relationship start battling–that time always comes–and when most people abandon their relationship, for us, that’s when we learned we liked each other the most, after getting through that.
But you have this unique relationship, the kind where you can say something like “I can’t talk, I’m talking to Dave Grohl and Trent Reznor,” and no one’s going to say, “Who’s more important, rock stars or me?” “Normal” people would take that as an affront to the relationship.
Gilbert: Totally. I was in the Shai Hulud when I was 14 years old: My entire life has led me to Hayley because of music. I don’t think she’d want to jeopardize where music could take my life in the future. One of the reasons we found balance in our relationship is because we know we can’t exist together without doing what we love. Take her out of what she loves, she’s not what she’s supposed to be–neither am I. We both want the best versions of what we’re supposed to be.
Williams: We’ve been super-lucky to be in bands as individuals, but when we come together, it only makes the relationship stronger. When some people aren’t living out what they really want, that takes a toll on not only romantic relationships, but your relationship with yourself.
Gilbert: [to Williams] Can I tell him?
Williams: [smiles] I don’t care.
Gilbert: Remember the Parahoy cruise ? We weren’t together.
Williams: [Laughs] It was horrible.
Gilbert: We were stuck on a boat in the ocean for about four or five days with a bunch of Paramore fans asking me, “Where’s Hayley?” And I’m like, “She’s great.” We didn’t tell anyone because we’ve always been private with our relationship. But that time period was part of the “Vicious Love” thing…
Williams: You have to figure out who you are by yourself. Your identity accidentally wraps yourself up in what band you’re in for 10 years. Even if you’re not in a band, I think you can still feel various levels of that in relationships and when it’s taken away, you’re kind of like, “What am I?”
There’s sense of optimism in the song. You can fall in love or text a Dear John letter to it. And people can hear it at the APMAs.
Williams: It’s gonna be rad.
Gilbert: Hayley always sings better live anyway. It’s true.
Williams: [NFG] have never had a bad show, but I swear before every show, Jordan [Pundik, vocalist] comes up to me and he’s like [imitates nervous dude], “Ahhh, I don’t know about this. Ahhh, I don’t like my shirt. Ahhh my voice.” [Laughs.] I try to show him warm-ups, give him tea or whatever. Even when they say they suck, New Found Glory don’t suck at all. I love watching them and to be actually onstage with them will be a good time.
Hayley is the biggest New Found Glory fan because she takes the time to coddle the lead singer.
Gilbert: She made us do face masks after our show in Belgium. We got offstage and she was like, “You have to do face masks!”
Williams [Laughs.] You gotta keep these guys looking young. You should’ve felt Ian’s skin afterward. It’s never been so baby soft.
Hayley also talked about Paramore’s past and their journey in her own interview, you can read that from the scan below.
Paramore Venezuela interviewed Paramore in Dallas, TX on May 19th. They talked about the Writing The Future, Jeremy’s daughter, Hayley’s Kiss Off video series, Parahoy, Game of Thrones and more, you can watch the interview below. Few photos from the interview available in our gallery.
VH1’s Shannon Coffey interviewed Paramore at the Hangout Music Festival last week. They talked about the festival and who they are most excited to see, their musical flavors of the month and first Parahoy! Cruise. You can watch the interview below.
Paramorefans.com interviewed Paramore in Uncasville, CT on May 9th. They talked about tour-mates and memories, missheard Paramore lyrics, favorite words and other things too. You can watch the interview below.
VH1 and MTV interviewed Paramore backstage at the Hangout Music Festival. You can watch the interviews below in several parts.
The band talking about unexpected beach scenarios:
Their favorite moments of all time:
Hayley talking about her friendship with Taylor Swift and how Paramore met her for the first time:
Hayley talking about her wedding:
Hayley talking about Taylor Swift’s ‘Bad Blood’ music video:
Hayley also talked about making new music: “It’s hard to leave an album behind. This was a really important step for us as a band, and also as people living life together. It’s a little sad to say goodbye to it, it’s been such a good time. We are ready to start writing the new music, but I feel like we really needed to do the tour we’re doing right now to seal the deal.”