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DIY Magazine interviewed Hayley and Lauren Mayberry of CVRCHES and they also interviewed each other. The interviews are featured in the magazine’s newest issue, out today. You can read the magazine online here, the interview starts from page 40.
Cosmopolitan UK’s Kate Lucey interviewed Hayley over the phone in the beginning of last month. They talked about Paramore’s Reading & Leeds set, Monumentour, women, hair and lots of other things. You can read the whole interview below.
Ah Paramore. We sing them on the way home when we’re drunk, we sing Misery Business at a glass-smashing pitch at karaoke, and we’re a little too excited about their upcoming slot at Reading & Leeds festivals.
We caught up with lead singer Hayley Williams when she found a spare moment on the tour bus (currently on the Monument tour with Fall Out Boy, sigh…).
So where are you guys now, what can you see?
Yeah we’re on the road, passing through Michigan because we have a show in Detroit.
Everyone seems to be losing their crap about this tour on Twitter. Looks like it has been a lot of fun so far?
Yeah it’s sort of…I feel like we should’ve done it a long time ago. We [and Fall Out Boy] both kind of came from the same world, but came up and were able to grow and do things outside that world and be accepted. It’s really cool. I feel like it has been a long time coming, everyone is sort of celebrating every night.
We’re excited to have you back in August in the UK for Reading festival.
Yeah! We are too.
What is going on with this joint headliner thing with Queens of The Stone Age?
I don’t know, I guess they couldn’t decide which band is better.
So is it gonna be like… you play a song and then they play a song or you both come on and do everything together? Or you headline Leeds and they headline Reading or whatever?
I guess we’re like flip-flopping nights, but I think Queens is a better band. But I kind of have to say that anyway; it’s not nice to be conceited.
But it’s nice to be proud as well, Paramore are pretty sodding great.
Yeah, and I’m glad we finally made it to the very top. For that festival we’ve done a lot of playing before the main band.
It was a brilliant set last time you guys came over.
Yeah last time was before The Cure, it was INSANE.
Can we expect any teasing of anything new at Reading,or are you going to stick to the hits?
Well it depends how long of a slot they give us. I’ve noticed on this tour that it’s a shorter set than if it was just one band doing the headlining, but sharing the bill you do play a shorter set. It doesn’t necessarily feel like it because you’re still putting on a big show, but you’re not playing the full…I mean by the end of last year we were hitting 100 minutes for our shows – but that’s long for a band like us, especially with a lot of fast songs.
It’s a really good time for women in music at the mo isn’t it?
I love it, I think it’s really cool. It probably would have been really motivating 10 years ago if there would have been – in the particular scene we were coming up in – if there had been other girls my age that I could have bonded with or vented to or to be understood by. It was weird to be on the Warped Tour at 16 years old and being one of the only girls and being one of the only young kids fronting a band – but I think it just makes you stronger.
Now that I’m older and I’m seeing younger girls not just on the mic but in all positions, it’s really empowering. Hopefully other young girls are seeing it and thinking that it’s not that big of a deal and if this is what I want to do then I’ll just do it. Hopefully it’ll become something a little more normal to see. I noticed this year that the Warped Tour had a lot of bands on it that had one or more girls. It’s nice, it’s really nice to see. There is super great music coming from females at the moment anyway. I like being one of them.
One ignorant person’s opinion at a show doesn’t actually affect our reach or what I want to do as a person or a female. I try to pick my battles. When I see other bands dealing with it, I’m like “ahh it sucks,” because I remember how it felt when I was younger. I have a friend in a band called Candyhearts, and she sees a lot of stupid stuff online because they’re a new band that are up and coming. We talk about it all the time and I just try to encourage her. At the end of the day, the people that really matter are the people that are coming out and supporting you and doing this for other young girls that see you handle your shit in a really positive way.
Have you been given any advice along the way that’s like really stuck with you?
I mean, I would say, not really just pertaining to feminism or being a girl with men in this genre, but just in general Shirley Manson has been really really supportive and really really cool. She’s awesome to me in particular. I haven’t played shows with her in a really long time, but a year and a half ago when we did Soundwave it was the first tour we did for the self-titled album, and she was just so encouraging and was like, “We need badass girls, we need girls with attitudes, and girls who aren’t afraid to kick around onstage, and to not feel held back just because someone says you can’t do something.” It’s simple words, but she was just so encouraging, not even just about that subject but about our music and what we want as a band. She’s an incredible performer, an incredible writer, and I really respect her already, and to meet someone like that – sometimes you can meet your idols and it’s not all that bad.
You and Paramore as a whole have always been very good at championing individuality
That’s how I was in school too. I was kind of dressed a little different and I enjoyed it, you know, I like being different. Not that I really like people to stare at me but I don’t know. I guess when I was a kid I didn’t really understand what it meant, because I thought everyone should be a different person. I guess it just makes me feel more determined because I know that for every person that writes us, whether it’s on Twitter or anywhere, and says they’re having a hard time fitting in or they get bullied, I just feel like that’s me, you know, and I know what that felt like.
Music was a great escape, it really was. It doesn’t solve everything but it gives you validation to sit in a room and write a song or sit in a room with likeminded people who want to create as well. They aren’t exactly the same as you but they share the same goals, which is to self-express, and, I don’t know, I guess to me whether it’s colouring your hair or writing a poem, it should be what you want and you shouldn’t have to worry about what someone else thinks about it, that’s stupid.
Every time I go and see a Paramore show it’s full of girls with wild coloured hair, so that must be pretty great to see.
Yeah, I love it. It’s a lot more accepted now and it’s probably a lot more normal to see people with neon hair or crazy makeup, but I think that’s due to people standing up for their rights to express themselves, or just be silly, or dress loud or crazy. We need those people in the world otherwise we’re all going to end up walking around with briefcases and in suits and ties.
The funniest sight is the guys and I getting on to the plane, and everybody looks at us because we’re standing in the business line, and they’re like “Uhhh, this is the business line you need to go around”. We’re just like no no no, it’s cool, we paid our wages just like all these other guys in their ties and suits and stuff, and it’s nice that, not that this way of living is the way that everyone should live, but it’s nice that we were able to achieve what we wanted and we were able to make a living and able to do what we want by being ourselves. It’s nice to show the people, especially young kids, that it’s possible.
And you’ve got your own hair dye coming out this year or next year?
Yeah, I’m working on it right now. We’ve been in a lot of meetings and it’s really businessy which is crazy because it’s a very creative process. I don’t think that I’ve ever imagined starting a company that isn’t a band. It’s just different, I’m learning so much. I was actually studying some emails and business things last night that was really interesting. It’s a really fun process. When it’s too a stage when I can start inviting people into it and show them what’s happening, what’s going on and what it’s all about, then I will. Right now it’s too early on to let the cat out of the bag.
You should have some Paramore puns in the name like “Still into Blue”and “Aint it Plum”…
That’s such a good idea! I love puns, yeah, I’m sure there will be plenty of those.
Rolling Stone’s Simon Vozick-Levinson interviewed Hayley about tour, Game of Thrones and other things. You can read the full interview below, the interview is also featured in the newest issue of the magazine. Below also a new photo of Hayley taken by Lindsey Byrnes.
Four years ago, when Paramore lost founding members Zac and Josh Farro in a bitter public split, singer Hayley Williams was sure the band was over. “I thought, ‘Well, maybe it’s like the end of Stand by Me,'” says Williams, 25. “Not everything lasts forever. I’ll find something else that I’m good at.” Instead, the group went on to make last year’s Paramore as a trio – and scored one of this year’s biggest rock hits with the sharp, hooky single “Ain’t It Fun.” “I absolutely feel vindicated,” Williams says. “For all the people who believed in us, we’re saying, ‘You haven’t gotten tattoos of our lyrics for nothing. We’re going to keep going.'”
Your bassist, Jeremy Davis, recently gave himself a hernia on your summer tour with Fall Out Boy. Are you concerned that you might actually be rocking too hard?
I’m starting to accept that 25 is not 16. Seven or eight years ago, we would go to Taco Bell, grab a bean burrito and run onstage. Now, getting ready for a show takes two hours – Jeremy and Taylor [York, Paramore’s guitarist] have to wrap their ankles, and I have to do stretches so I don’t hurt my neck from headbanging. I’m loving it, but I definitely might collapse at one of these shows.
The tour is called the Monumentour, but you don’t have any monuments onstage. Which one would you pick if you did?
Oh, man. Well, I’m wearing boxing shorts and a sports bra, so maybe I’d take the Liberty Bell and be Rocky.
I saw on Twitter that you used to be a member of ‘NSync’s fan club. Is that true?
Yeah, it’s true. I’ll never forget the day that the package came in the mail. I was so pumped that I taped it to the wall, with my little card and signed poster – it probably wasn’t actually signed, but I still cared about it. Joey [Fatone] was my favorite. I thought it was hilarious that his last name spelled “fat one.”
Before Paramore, you and Jeremy were in a funk cover band. Is there any existing footage of that band performing, or has it all been destroyed?
Oh, there’s footage. We would never destroy it. I’ve asked my mom, and she doesn’t seem to have anything – I’m like, “Did you even love me?” But Jeremy’s family has it all on VHS. Our favorite song to do was “Tell Me Something Good,” by Rufus and Chaka Khan. That bass line is so sick.
I read that you’ve been watching Game of Thrones on the road. How long do you think you’d survive in Westeros?
I hope I wouldn’t survive very long, because the women in that show, God bless ’em, are living the worst life possible. The way they’re treated is sickening. I’m like, “I can’t believe I’m watching this – and I’m actually really into it.” But if I could come back as another person, I’d be Tyrion. He’s a badass.
You’ve spoken about sexism you experienced when Paramore were playing small clubs. Has that gotten better with time?
I don’t know, honestly. I’m not faced with it directly the way I was when I was 16 and we could see every single person in the crowd and hear everything they were saying. I think some of them didn’t know how to handle a girl being in a position of authority. Now, I just don’t want to hear my friends in bands saying, “I got asked again if I was a merch girl.”
What about in the wider world? Did you follow the Supreme Court’s ruling in the Hobby Lobby case that some businesses don’t have to cover birth control for their employees?
That’s a conversation that I’m having almost daily with friends, because my mom and I, and a lot of the women in my family, have had to take birth control for many more reasons besides baby-blocking. I think it’s a woman’s right. A woman’s body is her body, and her body is connected to her brain, which should be making the decisions for her body. That’s all I’ll say about that.
You’ll notice I haven’t asked you to explain your new hair color, unlike a lot of people this year.
[Laughs] I appreciate that.
What’s the dumbest hair-related question you’ve heard?
Man, if we’re going to talk about my hair, I like to talk about the reasons why, you know? For me it’s just self-expression. And it hurts a lot less than getting tattoos. I’ve got a lot of those already.
I’ve noticed that Paramore songs go over well at karaoke. Have you ever done Paramore karaoke?
I have. It was a terrible experience. I used to go to this laser-tag spot in Nashville with a big group of friends – this was right after [2007’s] “Misery Business” had gotten really popular. They thought it was hilarious to put me on the spot. Finally, I was just like, “Whatever,” and I just did it. I don’t know how this is possible, but I think I sounded worse than anyone has ever sounded singing that song. It was pitiful.
CM Punk and Juliet Simms interviewed Hayley and her boyfriend Chad Gilbert on the red carpet at the Alternative Press Music Awards last week. You can watch the interview below.
Paramorefans.com interviewed Paramore in Holmdel, NJ. You can watch the interview below.
Our gallery has been updated with HQ scans from the newest issue of Alternative Press. The magazine includes a short interview with Hayley, new photos of Hayley and also new photo from Paramore’s photoshoot with Kane Hibberd. You can find all the scans here.