In an interview with New York Times, Paramore has sat down to talk about their new forthcoming album, After Laughter, the new single “Hard Times,” and the confusingly long period of time since the release of their 2013 self-titled record. Hayley Williams spoke in detail about their forthcoming new album, After Laughter, and the time it took to produce the album since bringing out their 2013 self-titled album Paramore.
Front woman Hayley Williams stated, “You can run on the fumes of being a teenager for as long as you want, but eventually life hits you really hard,” Williams continued to say “I didn’t even know if we were going to make another record, There was a moment when I didn’t even want it to happen. Then it was like, I want it to happen, but I don’t know how we’re going to do it.” Paramore being female fronted in this male dominated music scene stated, “If we were booked on a bill with all dudes that were twice as old as us, I wanted to be better than any of them, I didn’t care if they had a penis or not. I have to be great at my job.” Williams told the New York Times.
Hayley Williams also spoke out in the interview about her own personal struggles in life, that he has faced while in the process of creating After Laughter, stating she even started to question “everything” about the band. “We were down another member, same old story almost from Day 1, It made me question everything. Am I doing something wrong? You read things that people say about you and eventually you just think, ‘Oh, I must be some kind of diva bitch.’ I know that’s not me, but it caused a lot of self-doubt.” She continued to tell New York Times.
After the release of their new single “Hard Times” she told New York Times that “We’ve gotten to a point with our new music where we don’t really want to headbang anymore.” She continued to say “A lot of life happened,” speaking from both her personal life and all the crazy progressional events with Paramore. “I couldn’t imagine putting something on an album that says ‘life’s great, everything’s cool, party with me.” Which you can hear this in their new single “Hard Times,” stating within the lyrics, “Hard times
Gonna make you wonder why you even try, Hard times, Gonna take you down and laugh when you cry, These lives And I still don’t know how I even survive.” You can also see that Williams life is not “great” with the song titles on the record including,“Hard Times,” “Fake Happy” and “Grudges.”
Hayley Williams eases off the topic, stating that she is content with where Paramore is at currently and that “This is what you go through hard times for, so you can have these moments where you’re proud of yourself, proud of your choices and your friends.” Williams added,“I have a public diary of my life, and I feel useful because of it.” Check out Paramore’s latest single here.