Rolling Stone interviewed Hayley over the phone about the upcoming Writing The Future Tour, you can read the whole interview below.
When Paramore announced dates for their Writing the Future Tour in January, they made it clear this run of shows wasn’t just a tour, but “a celebration” of the success they found with their Grammy-winning self-titled album. But that doesn’t mean they’re slacking on the pre-show preparations.
“We’re driving to rehearsals right now in Jeremy [Davis’] Jeep!” frontwoman Hayley Williams says, laughing. “We’re a band that needs rehearsal, after all. We can’t just show up.”
Still, the sentiment behind the “Future” trek – which kicks off April 27th in Augusta, Georgia – is clear. This is both a thank you to the fans that stuck with Paramore through the dramatic departure of two founding members and a victory lap for everything that came after: a Number One debut for their 2013 self-titled album, two platinum-selling singles and the band’s first-ever Grammy Award, for Best Rock Song.
“Hell yeah, it does feel like [a victory lap],” says Williams. “We never in a million years thought we would win a Grammy, or any of the other crazy things that happened along the way. So we’re thinking of each show as an event, as a way to celebrate our relationship with fans, to celebrate the album and to celebrate the past two years of this band.”
Hence the rehearsals. Williams also says these shows will focus as much on the past as the present, relying on older songs to close the book on Paramore’s most successful period.
“When we were making the album, we had that song ‘Future,’ the last track on the record – it brought in some of our earliest influences, made us feel like we were back in Jeremy’s living room,” she says. “It brought us full circle. Then fast-forward two years, and we did the Parahoy! cruise, and night number two was like the most intimate that a Paramore show has felt in years. The first night we purposely put a lot of singles in the set, and we wanted to second night to feel like we were weaving in and out of all the albums, playing songs that fans haven’t heard in a long time.
“So we always wanted to bring that vibe to a theater setting,” she continues. “No matter all the amazing things that happened with this album, we’re still a band; we still have the same influences and there’s still a feeling that we never want to go away. So it’s sort of our way of digging back into that, hoping that our fans new and old will want to go back with us.”
And while Paramore won’t be using the “Future” shows to test new material – “We haven’t even discussed covers yet,” Williams says. “I was just thinking this morning, ‘I wonder what we should do?'” – they are hoping the momentum will carry them into their next chapter: writing the follow-up to their self-titled album.
“We needed some time off after Monumentour, to process everything that we were able to do, but also a lot of amazing personal things happened as well,” Williams says. “Now we’re so ready to get on the road, to be with our fans. That’s going to light a fire under our asses to get into what we’re going to do next. I can just feel it. And that’s exciting.”
BuzzFeed interviewed Hayley through email for their article about Fueled By Ramen and how the label has stayed relevant for 20 Years. You can read Hayley’s part below and the whole article here.
“I remember meeting with John (Fueled By Ramen Founder) at a Cheesecake Factory, I was with our manager Mark, and doing some acoustic shows at Taste of Chaos 2005. We talked about the scene and where I saw Paramore fitting into it. I was so happy to be hanging with a label guy who got it. He didn’t see me as some answer to Avril Lavigne’s success. He just always understood what Paramore was. Who we were. That sort of thing means a lot to a 15 or 16 year old kid.”
“There have been plenty of changes, and I know that’s pretty normal in the industry, but we’ve never had a reason to want to leave FBR. We like the history that’s there. They have always believed in our vision for the future and they also know our roots. It’s having so many people on the team who we grew up with. We like the reminder of where we came from. It’s nice to share stories and say ‘remember when?’ with some of those people. Not to mention FBR actually have put out so many cool punk rock records and they’ve been a part of so many kids’ experience with the scene. Whether it’s someone else’s idea of punk or not, to me, the fact that two punk fans built a label out of their college dorm means something, and I’m proud to be a part of that.”
Hayley also talked about the label on her Twitter earlier. You can read her tweets below.
MTV news interviewed Paramore at Hilton Play Concert in New York City this Monday. They talked about The Grammys and Hayley also talked about her wedding playlist. You can watch the interview below in two parts.
Paramore played the first show of 2015 last night at Hilton Play Concert in New York City. Our gallery has been updated with photos from the show and meet & greet, you can see all the photos here. The bands setlist can be found below.
Still Into You
That’s What You Get
For A Pessimist, I’m Pretty Optimistic
The Only Exception
Brick By Boring Brick
Hate To See Your Heart Break
Ain’t It Fun
Paramore is getting ready for next Monday’s Hilton Play Concert, they are playing at Conrad hotel in New York City. The band posted new videos from their practice earlier today, you can watch all the videos below. In these videos they are playing ‘Ain’t It Fun’.
— PARAMORE (@paramore) February 21, 2015
Hayley attended PTTOW!’s Music Summit in Beverly Hills, CA earlier this month. She was a keynote speaker at the event and talked about the importance of fans and how Paramore always thinks about fans when making decisions:
“Consider your consumers as fans. My barometer is.. What will Paramore fans think?” “At the heart of this we are all people. Not consumers…We are all fans.” “The fans are the barometer for the many decisions we make as a band.”
She thanked PTTOW! on Twitter for having her and promised to bring Taylor and Jeremy for the next summit.
Unfortunately there’s no video footage from the event, but you can see new photos in our gallery.
You can read more information about PTTOW! on their website.