07 Dec 2011

AP’s bonus excerpt

Original article: here

In AP #282, Paramore talked a lot about how they leaned on each other and their fans to get through a tough 2011. In this bonus excerpt, the band expand on this idea by exploring the idea of home, talking about what Warped Tour means to them and reminiscing about their early touring days—and how things have changed. Don’t forget, AP #282—which also happens to be our Most Anticipated Music of 2012 issue—is in stores now! For a list of places where you can find AP, go here!

Being at home hasn’t always been a comfort to Hayley Williams this year. In an entry on Paramore’s band Livejournal, she mentioned off-hand that she’d been staying at her mom’s place quite a bit—even though she owns a house of her own. “It goes back to going through a really difficult time last winter,” Williams says, when asked about it. “The town just got smaller. When you’re living in a small town and some crazy drama happens and everyone wants in on it…”

“Everybody,” Taylor York interjects.

“Everyone wants to choose a side for themselves and usually it’s not your side they choose,” Williams says with a rueful laugh. “I just started to feel very, like—I don’t know. I didn’t feel at home. I felt very watched and weird. I’ve been staying at my mom’s for a while. I think I’m going to do it again when I get home. Part of it I think is that feeling of comfort, almost being taken care of. Like laziness, really.

“I was listening to Discount, and one of the songs [vocalist Alison Mosshart] goes, [sings] ‘Home isn’t where we should be hiding,’” Williams says. “I was like, ‘Oh my gosh, that’s so me!’ I shouldn’t be trapped in this place, and I did feel like that.”

What brought Williams out of this mindset was not only a renewed sense of confidence—brought on by “not caring as much what people think,” she says—but also the touring Paramore did this year. “It made me feel like [I had] a sense of purpose again—even though we weren’t off tour for very long, it was a tough off-time we went through. [I was] feeling that renewed sense of purpose and feeling hope again.

“It was nice just getting back to our fans. They’re the reason we’re still here, anyways. Being so close with the ones that kind of built us up since we started, those are the people that were in the front row of every Warped tour date. Every single date we played, I saw at least 2 or 3 people in the front row that had been coming to our shows since 2005. And that was huge for me. I could have cried every single day, cause it’s just like, ‘Why are you still here?’” she laughs.

Paramore’s guest appearances on Warped Tour have become somewhat of a tradition, as close as the trek gets to having celebrity cameos. Of course, Warped Tour benefits from their presence, but hanging out at their career’s ground zero is therapeutic for Paramore as well. “Everything felt so supportive and positive on Warped Tour,” Williams says. “I remember the first time we came here; we were playing on the back of a pink truck. I think Warped Tour is such a primitive situation; you’re there and it’s just bare-bones. There’s nothing else to make you better except for your own self. It reminded me of being in the little storage space we used to practice and having my stupid PA that didn’t ever work, and all we wanted to do was be good at what we did, have fun and sneak off to the movies later. That’s what it feels like now to me.”

Still, it’s not quite as easy for Paramore to recapture that simpler time. At the Cleveland Warped Tour stop in July, there was a visibly heightened security presence when the band did a signing at the AP tent. But this doesn’t mean there’s any pop star ego-tripping going on internally; it’s simply a side effect of Paramore having a hectic schedule because they’re one of the most popular bands in the world. “It used to be, like, when you’re in a band, you can stop wherever you want and hang out,” Williams remembers. “Even the first time we were on a bus, one of our good friends was tour-managing us, so we’d just be like, ‘Ronnie, let’s stop and hang out at 7-11.’”

“And that’s true,” York confirms. “Back then, we’d all cram into hotel rooms, so we’d all be together. Now we have our own hotel rooms, which is awesome for us, but you really have to figure out what extension to dial.” [Laughter.]

“You have to make time to be friends rather than just meet up for soundcheck and meet-and-greets,” Williams admits. “It’s like what Taylor said—you’re really spread out now. I don’t mind it; I think that as adults, you need your space.”

04 Dec 2011

Interview archive

We have now created an archive page for our exclusive interviews with the band. We’ve had the honor of interviewing Paramore on a few occasions, in Paris in 2009 and in Finland and Spain in 2011. You can now find all of Paramore Online’s exclusive interviews on one page, click here to watch all of them. Some of the questions have been submitted by our visitors, so this is a good chance for us to thank you all. Thank you, without you this site wouldn’t be what it is and we wouldn’t have the interest to keep running it.

On a side note, thank you so much to Paramore and their management who have made these interviews possible.

17 Nov 2011

Paramore on the cover of Alternative Press

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!

Paramore’s frequent use of the word “fun” [during AP’s interview] is heartening, especially because the band admit that being in Paramore hasn’t always been fun in previous years.

“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.’”

10 Oct 2011

Wedding pics and Jeremy’s interview

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.

02 Sep 2011

John Janick on the signing of Paramore

Mike Ragogna from the Huffington Post recently talked to FBR founder John Janick regarding the label’s 15th anniversay. Below are some Paramore-related quotes from the interview.

MR: So, because you have Paramore, do you also have The Transformers soundtrack?

JJ: No, we don’t have The Transformers soundtrack, that’s through Warners Brothers, but Paramore recorded the song “Monster,” which was a single on The Transformers soundtrack. But Paramore is a very important band to us. They’re one of our flagship artists, so we’re very active in marketing it to make sure that Paramore is supported. And, obviously, Warner Brothers is our sister company.

MR: Can you tell the story of the signing of Paramore?

JJ: I had met Hayley at random through one of Paramore’s managers, and I thought she was amazing. I thought she was really great, and we clicked right away. She was young at the time–I want to say she was 14 or 15–but so on the same level as I was at the time. I must have been in my mid-’20s then, probably 24 or 25 or something. Even though she was ten years younger, we just clicked. The next day, I got to see a show she and the guys were playing. So, I went and saw them and got to meet everybody and it just clicked right away. We kind of just dove right in and did the deal and we made the first record, All We Know Is Falling–which I think was them kind of figuring themselves out, because they were so young. It turned out to be an amazing record, and that went on to give a great base for the setup of Riot!, so they could find themselves. It was a great album and it went on to be a gold record. It was a really exciting thing, and to this day…I’ve been involved with them now for probably seven years, since they were young teenagers, now being in their early ’20s. they’re such great people and so talented. It’s been an amazing ride.

Source: The Huffington Post

26 Aug 2011

From The Field: Hartford, CT

The fourth installment of From the Field videos has now been added to Hartford, CT, what’s up?

Paramore’s interview with Dave Lawrence from Hawaii’s Public Radio has been released. Listen to it on their website. Part 1 and 2.