Paramore frontwoman just released her debut solo, Petals For Armor, on May 8 and in a recent interview with NME, where she spoke how the band’s sound could now sound with her bandmates Zac Farro and Taylor York at the producing helm.
“We’ve talked about it for sure. We’ve talked about who might be a cool producer, because both Taylor and Zac produce now. And we’ve talked about what styles of music we might want to fuck with. It’s funny, though, because we always do this and then we get in the car and take a complete left turn. It makes me excited because we literally just follow our whims and who knows where we’ll go? I think that’s what kept Paramore going all this time.”
Also in the interview with NME, Williams’ talked the future of Paramore’s sound and what is to come now that their After Laughter-era has ended.
“We’ve thought about [the next Paramore album],” Williams explained to the publication. “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. 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.’”
Paramore said that their next album will have guitars and bring the band back to their pop-punk roots.
“It’s a summer/winter thing,” Williams 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 favorite band. How dare I ever ruin it?”
Williams’ went on to reflect on the past and future of Paramore both emotionally and within music, talking the journey that it took for her and her bandmates to get where they are over the past decade.
“God, getting older is such a weird thing. 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. I’m pumped.”
The band last released their album, After Laughter, in 2017 which the band change to a more alternative rock vibe.