Paramore talks rediscovering themselves on new album
After years of turmoil, Paramore are back and stronger than ever with the highly-anticipated release of their self-titled fourth studio album, which front woman Hayley Williams says really taught the band a lot about who they are.
During the premiere of the video for their latest single ‘Now,’ Paramore told MTV News that the album is a snapshot of a band in transition at a moment in their career where they’re leaving the past behind and heading off into the great unknown...
“[The album] said so much to us as we were making it; it was this whole rediscovery of who we are as people, as artists, as a collective unit. It really taught us a lot about ourselves as a band, and that was so fun,” revealed Hayley.
“It felt like the same feeling I got when we were kids, playing in Taylor's basement or Jeremy's living room. Every morning I would wake up and we'd go into the studio, and it was like ‘I don't know anything; I'm just going in and we're going to make music.’ It was nice to not know everything, and not feel like we're in a pattern, we're in a routine, we know what's coming next. Every day was something new and exciting.”
Something for fans to note is that this album is the longest of the band’s career. With 17 songs in total, the record also features a trio of musical interludes, which the group feels played a key part in the album coming together.
“We had writer's block pretty badly one time, and these interludes just happened,” explained guitarist Taylor York.
“They're really different ... [they've got] ukulele, [they're] really just weird for us, but it felt like we had to write those to continue writing the record. So I feel like they tell some sort of story; they're more like mini songs than interludes.”
Paramore’s self-titled album is set to drop in stores and online on April 9!
Written by Lucy Slight