Capturing Paramore’s irrepressible attraction
Audio stream: Pop-punk titans Paramore play Dublin next week. We asked for your questions: this is what you wanted to know
Paramore: Hayley Williams, Jeremy Davis, Taylor York
Paramore are a band who have been through hell and back. Their third album Brand New Eyes in 2009 made these Tennessee pop-punk titans global superstars, but also precipitated an ugly split between the band and brothers Josh and Zac Farro who quit in 2010.
The impact, though, on their popularity with their fans, has been minimal. Their latest self-titled album went straight to number one in the Irish album charts and several other countries.
Throughout it all, the band has been fronted by the irrepressible carrot-topped figure of Hayley Williams (24), the lead singer and inspiration to a generation of teenage girls.
In advance of Paramore’s concert at the O2 next Monday, Hayley Williams agreed to take questions from the band’s Irish fans.
Selena Kane (27) Artane, Dublin: I’d love to know what has influenced and inspired the band’s new music direction as it has changed dramatically from the previous album.
Hayley Williams: I would say number one it is time, honestly. We have lived quite a bit of life since the last record. We have gone through a tonne together as friends which has just changed our tastes and hopefully changed our skill level.
We always want to get better at our instruments and our writing. For me in particular it was discovering New Wave music from the 1980s and a million bands that you would expect me to say when I say New Wave. It is really good punk rock and rock music.
Isobel Doyle (14), Greystones, Co Wicklow: Jeremy Davis’s temporary departure inspired the album All We Know is Falling. Has Zac and Josh’s departure being address in song?
Hayley Williams: I would say yes, but a lot more vaguely that we talked about Jeremy on our first album. I wanted to make sure that I didn’t want to write a super-bitter or super-detailed album about the band. I didn’t want to talk about the split. A lot of people can’t relate to that because not everybody in the world is in a band.
We wrote that record on Brand New Eyes. Brand New Eyes is from start to finish about Paramore. I didn’t want to do a part II with that. For the most part this album is about the three of us living our lives, going through specific things together and separately.
Stacy-Lee Tormey (18), Bluebell, Dublin: What’s it like to be the only girl in the band?
Hayley Williams: It is fun. I guess I miss my girlfriends though I don’t have a tonne. It’s really honestly hard to make a lot of friends when you tour all the time so the guys are really like my brothers at this point. We’ve grown up together and they truly are my best friends.