Paramore.net was just updated with a new video from Hayley and Jeremy. They talk about the Alternative Press Music Awards, Hayley is nominated for best vocalist and Jeremy for best bassist. You can vote here until July 15th.
Entertainment Weekly’s Kyle Anderson interviewed Hayley and the interview is featured in the magazines newest issue. They talked about Monumentour, Ain’t It Fun, Warped Tour, Parahoy! and other things. You can read the interview below.
You just kicked off your summer Monumentour with Fall Out Boy. What have you learned about them?
Those guys work out every day, and we’re just in our dressing room eating chips. I told [FOB frontman] Patrick [Stump], “Thanks for making us all feel like the laziest buttholes.” He was like, “If I wasn’t doing this I wouldn’t be able to move on stage.” So maybe I’ll start up Ballet Beautiful in a minute.
Is that why you’ve been wearing Paramore-logo kickboxing shorts at shows?
They are the most comfortable thing I’ve ever worn on stage. I’m so happy to not be wearing latex on this tour. I look like a fitness instructor, and I love it.
“Ain’t It Fun” is the biggest hit of your career so far, and the video for it shows the band breaking world records. Were there any you tried but couldn’t do?
Believe it or not, we actually legitimately broke every record we hoped to that day. We had a list. My favorite one was smashing the alarm clocks with the guitars, because I didn’t think I was going to be able to look that badass. I was surprised how quickly those clocks exploded. On the first hit they would just burst into tiny little shards.
Now “Ain’t It Fun” is your regular closer at concerts. How does that feel?
Our show is so built around crowd participation, and it’s one of those songs that’s just got those moments really built into it. Even people who don’t know who Paramore is, they know that bridge with the gospel choir, so let’s go out with the biggest bang we can. It’s a real rock & roll ending.
You spent a lot of summers on the Warped Tour. Any advice for bands about to embark on their first Warped?
Nobody owes you anything. You have to have that mindset. When we did out first Warped Tour in 2005 we didn’t get meal tickets, so we didn’t get to eat the delicious catering. We had maybe five bucks a day to eat frozen pink lemonades or hot dogs. We had to write out all our fliers because some days our band’s name wasn’t on the schedule. It’s a lot of work, and I think it’s crucial for bands to go through that stage of their life, because then when something does get handed to you – when someone does you a favor or bumps you up to a different spot that’s better or busier or bigger – then you’ll appreciate it. Earn everything.
You’re famous for your Technicolor hair. Tell me about your look now.
This is like my SLC Punk!-blue hair. I love SLC Punk! Jason Segel’s in it, how can you not? I love how it looks, [but] as soon as I get really comfortable, that’s when I’m gonna change it.
The first-ever Parahoy! cruise was in the spring. Will there be more?
It sort of surpassed anybody’s expectations. It was this little subculture where everyone knew each other and everyone knew each other’s music and sang and hung out and ate dinner and partied. I loved it. I hope we do this for the rest of our career.
Hayley made a summer playlist for Refinery29. “This is my Melancholy Summer playlist,” she told. “‘Cause sometimes summer is about sunburns and rained-out beach days and summer-fling breakups!” You can listen the playlist and read her comments of each song below.
Bleachers, “I Wanna Get Better”
Hayley: “Love this song as a sort of anthem for the human condition. But, I love that the lyrics don’t settle for brokenness.”
Candy Hearts, “Coffee With My Friends”
Hayley: “Candy Hearts have one of my favorite albums of the summer. It’s happy, melancholy, sad, and sarcastic all in one…This might be my favorite song off the record.”
That Dog., “Retreat From The Sun”
Hayley: “That Dog. are just one of my favorite bands to listen to, period. Perfect for the summer. Perfect for any season, really.”
Sam Smith, “How Will I Know” (Whitney Houston cover)
Hayley: “I haven’t heard anything this sad and this beautiful in a long time.”
Coldplay, “Another’s Arms”
Hayley: “This new Coldplay album really got to me. I think ’cause of how public the whole backstory seems…Very inspiring to hear a man sing about his heart in such a present and vulnerable way.”
Brody Dalle, “Don’t Mess With Me”
Hayley: “Brody is one of my all-time favorite ladies. Her new album is so rad, and this is the newest single.”
The Angels, “My Boyfriend’s Back”
Hayley: “It wouldn’t be one of my little playlists if it didn’t include the Angels. The ’60s-girl-group vibe reminds me of the beach, reminds me of youth, and I just never stop loving this song.”
Hop Along, “Kids on the Boardwalk”
Hayley: “Super nostalgic sounding band…And, I love the singer’s voice. Plus, the lyrics ‘I wanna love something without it having to need me’ are so real!”
Timber Timbre, “Run From Me”
Hayley: “Taylor [York] just showed me this song, and I died over the vocals. So classic and smooth, but yet the lyrics are kind of deranged. I like the idea of telling someone what you love about them, but warning them you could hurt them. Powerful.”
Kye Kye, “Softly”
Hayley: “We just put out an Ain’t It Fun remix EP, and there’s a Kye Kye remix on there. Such a cool sound, and I love this song.”