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.
Hayley wrote a new post on her blog on Tumblr. She talks about the Self-Titled era and other things too. You can read her post below.
and finally. a blog.
the last 4 years are gonna play like a movie in my head for the rest of my life. it was the best time from start to finish. everything that has to do with the self-titled album is my favorite memory. even the stuff that wasn’t so easy to go through. cause now i look back and i see why it all happened in the order that it did. we will never make another album like that one. that’s something i’ll always be proud about, and a little sad about, and that’s just the truth.
but what do i know? the next album might be even better than S/T. i should know better by now than to ever question the process, the plan, or the deep belief that i have in paramore… more so than i even have in myself, alone.
every night on Writing The Future, while we were on stage, there was always a moment of realization that we can never relive anything. not any single thing. it’s cruel. seriously, we are a generation who lives almost exclusively through our photos and videos and captions, trying to freeze moments in time but it’s all only a shade of us and our experience. what’s real is what those moment create within us… and that’s what we carry with us and that’s what shapes the moments to come. or at least how we perceive them, feel them, live them. memories do serve us when we are the most nostalgic and i suppose i’m always the most nostalgic… but even my memories of the last 4 years won’t fill me the way actually living it all did.
and that’s got to be why it’s so important to move forward and never live in the past. we can never be fulfilled by a moment that’s gone. if we’re not living in the now (wayne’s world ref) and struggling, striving to find ourselves and each other here in the present then what even is our point? yeah, i know the whole “be present/be content with where you are” spiel sounds like bullshit but it’s true… and no one needs to hear it more than me. con-stant-ly.
speaking of the present: i’ve been wedding planning, attempting to write and sometimes actually writing, moving into a new place, and building a hair-dye company from the ground up. all at the same time. yes, i am completely insane! you should see my crazy eyes. i think they’re permanent now actually.. i’m going to try my best to share bits and pieces of some of all of it as we go along but no promises cause some days i forget the internet exists (and i think that’s a good thing).
thank you again for Writing The Future. never cried on stage the way i did during “Future” in Portland. the signs you guys made and held up for all the shows were moving and served as a reminder of our purpose and the hope we had for the band in the beginning. thank you guys for creating a community within our “fanbase”. we do what we can to keep it feeling like a family because that’s truly what it feels like to us… but you guys are daily doing all the work to really make it real. nothing felt more right than celebrating S/T with you guys in those gorgeous theaters.
i’ve typed for long enough now. writing lyrics with carpal tunnel sounds great and all but i’d rather not.
Hayley spent some time at her home in Tennessee last weekend. Yesterday she and her fiancé Chad Gilbert took some photos with Doug the Pug while hanging out with friends at Barista Parlor Golden Sound in Nashville. Fans also spotted Hayley in Nashville on Friday and in Franklin on Saturday.
You can see those photos and few other photos with friends in our gallery.
Hayley and Chad are on the cover of the new, commemorative issue of Alternative Press! The cover photo was taken by David McClister and the magazine also includes an interview. It’s in stores July 7th and you can order your copy here. The shop also offers different bundles with posters and a shirt.
The fourth episode of Hayley’s beauty-focused video series ‘Kiss Off’ is now available. This episode was shot during ‘Writing The Future’ in New York and also features live footage from one of the shows. You can watch the episode below.
Hayley wrote a new post on her blog on Tumblr about being a feminist and about Paramore’s song ‘Misery Business’. You can read her post below. She also mentioned that she will be posting about Writing The Future and the self-titled era soon.
i read a couple comments today about how i can’t be feminist or whether or not i’m a “good” feminist. to speak specifically to one of those comments, i’ll say this: Misery Business is not a set of lyrics that I relate to as a 26 year old woman. i haven’t related to it in a very long time. those words were written when i was 17… admittedly, from a very narrow-minded perspective. it wasn’t really meant to be this big philosophical statement about anything. it was quite literally a page in my diary about a singular moment i experienced as a high schooler.
…and that’s the funny part about growing up in a band with any degree of success. people still have my diary. the past and the present. all the good AND bad and embarrassing of it!
but i’m not ashamed. one thing i’m more thankful for than just about anything is all that my experiences – including my mistakes – have shaped me and made me someone i’m happier to be. in songs and in life. it’s always a little nerve-wracking to bring you guys along for the ride but when i step back and think about it… it’s kind of a huge honor that anyone cares in the first place.
in conclusion. i’m a 26 years old person. and yes, a proud feminist. just maybe not a perfect one?
thanks for reading this.
(ps, i’m coming back for a blog about the Self-Titled era and Writing The Future… soon)