Watch Paramore and Zane Lowe’s fascinating chat on Beats 1.
After making their return this week with comeback single Hard Times, the trio sat down with Zane to open up about drummer Zac Farro’s return, new album After Laughter (out May 12 – pre-order it at this link) and much more.
On the at-times uncertain future of the band, Paramore said…
Taylor York: “We’d been doing it for so long I think we were like, ‘Why are we doing this?’ If we don’t want to be here, if we’re not passionate about this, there is no point.”
Hayley Williams: “I was kind of flatlined and I think that if it weren’t for Taylor the band would be over. That is just kind of the truth. Yeah, I had enough. I’m tired of losing friends or I’m tired of doubting myself, and maybe if I’m just not doing it all then I won’t have anything to doubt. I can see what else I can do. I can stand in front of anyone and say there’s so much peace now you know we run into each other around town and it’s so nice to find that. Taylor and I actually got to experience that moment together because we were at the coffee shop talking about whether we were going to stay in this band or not when we saw Josh. It was crazy. I think you rarely get to experience real full circle redemption in your lifetime but on your own, in your own kind of solitude but I think to be able to share that moment with Taylor. And this thing that happened that really affected both of our lives and affected Zac’s life too, to kind of have closure was so great. It was really beautiful.”
Meanwhile, Zac revealed of his brother Josh Farro…
Zac Farro: “It’s an interesting situation because lwe both started playing together and we left together now I’m the only brother back. But it’s like, you know what? He’s an awesome brother. He’s been so encouraging to me. I sat him down, we had lunch and I was like, ‘So you know I’ve been playing on the record and they asked me to be back in the band.’ He’s like, ‘Oh I thought they already did. I figured that would happen.’ Then he was like, ‘I’m stoked for you. You’re my favorite drummer and you need to be playing drums.’ It was a really encouraging thing. Obviously it’s not back to normal. He’s not in the band. It’s not how it used to be but that’s a cool thing about life.”
And of new single Hard Times they said…
Zac Farro: “Hayley’s always been right at predicting things and so we’re really just leaning on Hayley’s decision for the first single. You’re this voice of reason after we had all these confusing car rides with people and different opinions and things. We all saw where people were coming from. It’s funny because it’s on our record. It’s not a bad thing, right, that people like other songs but when we put out Riot I remember, it’s an earliest memory of a good business decision, probably my first one, and Hayley was like, ‘It’s gotta be Misery Business,’ and that song took us to the next level. It changed our musical life. From then I was like we can have opinions and my opinion is ‘What does Hayley think?’, just because the whole way we’re putting this record out, we all contribute, especially Taylor.”
Taylor York: “Zac is super-emotional, I’m super-ultra-way-too logical, and Hayley’s a bridge and has got this crazy gut instinct. It’s not like she always listens to us or she makes the call but she’s able to kind of decipher what we’re both saying. Me and Zac sometimes argue like brothers where we’re actually saying the something but for some reason we think we aren’t.”
Zac: “We believe in Hard Times and for the record we wanted to come out with a head-turner.”
Watch the interview below:
And listen to Hard Times if you haven’t already done so:
Catch Paramore in the UK at the following:
15 Dublin Olympia
16 Belfast Waterfront
18 Manchester Apollo
19 London Royal Albert Hall
21 Bristol Colston Hall
22 Edinburgh Usher Hall
Be sure to pick up this week’s issue of Kerrang! as we uncover the secrets behind your favourite songs – including Paramore…
Don’t forget to check out 8 Awesome Paramore Songs You’d Probably Forgotten About:
8 Awesome Paramore Songs You've Probably Forgotten About
Not a show goes by without Paramore airing Misery Business, and good luck turning on a music channel without seeing the Still Into You video. But what about the tracks that are more neglected than a malnourished puppy? Here’s 8 hits-that-didn’t-quite-make-it-as-hits to dig out of your iPod…
8. Stop This Song (Lovesick Melody)
This track snuck in on the U.S. single release of Misery Business, Hayley and co’s breakout single. We have no idea why Stop This Song… didn’t make the cut on Riot!, because it’s catchy, ingenious, and one melody worth being lovesick for.
7. Hello Cold World
In 2011 Paramore released a digital download box set titled Singles Club. Everyone went mental for monstrous lead track Monster, but this was our favourite. It’s the audio version of PMA (positive mental attitude, y’all!). So if the world’s being a bitch today, go dust this off.
6. Escape Route
When the pop-rockers streamed their self-titled album on social jukebox site Rdio, they added this shoulder-shimmying bonus track. We get why it didn’t make the trio’s fourth album, but it would have fit in perfectly on Riot!. Check it out if you love old school Parrrrrramorrrrre!
Paramore barely ever play this song live (stands at a total of 18 airings), but it’s a huge TV hit in the UK. It appeared on an episode of Hollyoaks, and also twice (as a string quartet version) on So You Think You Can Dance. Excuse us while we go do our ‘dying swan’ dance…
4. We Are Broken
Another one that barely ever gets broken out at shows, the 9th track from 2007’s Riot!. Hayley’s only put her pipes to this one eight times. We don’t know why, because if this was our song we’d be singing it in the shower, on the bus and in the queue for the self-checkout at Tesco.
It’s easy to forget about the tracks from Paramore’s debut All We Know Is Falling, since it came out 10 years ago (excuse us while we feel old for a second). But this one’s a great memory from a time when Hayley’s hair was a normal colour.
Another song that may have slipped under your listening radar lately is Fences, the 10th track from Riot!. It’s got everything you could want or need in a Paramore song – catchy beats? Check! A delicious melody? Check! Hayley telling someone they’re a dick? CHEEEEEEECK!
1. Native Tongue
The second of the two bonus track’s that came only with the Japanese version of the self-titled. This one is new Paramore at their (B-side) finest, and a YouTuber on a video for it summed it up well saying: “I feel sorry for the people who don’t know this song exist”. WHAT HE SAID!
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