Following the release of her debut solo project, Hayley Williams has shared some info behind the process and creation of new music with Paramore.
Williams spoke to NME about Petals For Amor, but the chat inevitably turned to what might be next for Paramore. She was happy to admit the band’s members have definitely “thought about” the next record.
“Taylor’s mentioned things like: ‘Oh, God – I miss guitars. We’ve found ourselves listening to a lot of older music that we grew up being inspired by,” Williams explained. “T and I liked stuff that was a bit more ratty sounding: The Rapture, Yeah Yeah Yeahs. All three of us loved Queens Of The Stone Age’s ‘Songs For The Deaf.’”
So what will new music sound like? Well, don’t expect the type of vibe you heard on their last album After Laughter. ““It’s a summer/winter thing,” she said.
“When it’s winter you can’t wait to be sweating your balls off, and in the summer you’re like, ‘Fuck – ‘I hate this!’ After making ‘After Laughter’ it’s like, ‘Okay, we’ve tried this on and it actually fits and feels great.
“Now let’s see what else we can do to fuck this up’. That excitement and curiosity that keeps us a band. We won’t let it happen unless we think it’s the coolest thing in the world, I mean, Paramore’s my favourite band. How dare I ever ruin it?”
Whatever comes next for Paramore, Williams said she is “pumped” for it. “It’s very nice to be able to grow up with these guys. We screwed around for a long time, and we made each other’s lives miserable for a time there, but we make each other better people.”
While chatting about Paramore, Williams also spoke about the band’s days in the emo scene, and concedes she was never fully comfortable making that kind of music. “I can say pretty comfortably in hindsight that I don’t think we ever felt like we fitted [in].”
“When I go to Paramore’s Spotify and I look at ‘Fans Also Like,’ I don’t really relate to any of the artists,” she said. “It’s no disrespect. A lot of those people I know, and have grown up with. It’s more like, ‘Oh wow, we didn’t listen to anything that sounds like this.'”
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