After a turbulent couple of years, Paramore is officially putting the past firmly behind them with today’s release of Paramore, the band’s first album since the acrimonious departure of the Farro Brothers. The patron saints of the Warped Tour generation (as our own Jim Shearer dubbed them) have already knocked Justin Timberlake off the top of the iTunes charts, as their massive fanbase has been downloading their own official copy of the album in droves today. Before the band taped their segment on Big Morning Buzz Live, we were able to grab a few minutes with Hayley Williams, Jeremy Davis and Taylor York in a quiet conference room where we talked about everything from shadow puppets to Black Flag tattoos to their current “weirdly emotional” state of mind.
VH1 TUNER: So, I know that it’s been a difficult couple of years for you guys on a personal and professional level, but your new album is out today! Hayley, you stated on your Twitter on Sunday night that you’re getting “weirdly emotional” about its release. Can you expound on that a bit, and why this release is stirring up feelings for you that you consider kind of “weird”?
HAYLEY WILLIAMS: One of our friends who shot our cover of AP texted me a super encouraging message for us all, and it just kinda caused me to think back on everything. We talk about the last two years all the time, and how crazy fast that it’s flown by, and I really was just thinking about the way each song happened, and the things we had to go through to get to that point. I just feel like sometimes you see things crystal clear, and then other times it’s foggy, but either way, you just kinda have to go with the flow. But last night, I felt like I really understood that every record that we’ve made, and all the things we’ve been though as a band, we had to get through them. We had to do those things. I feel like this record is our band’s purpose, and the reason that we all met in the first place. I feel like it’s the most important thing I have ever been a part of. So, yeah, it was weirdly emotional. (Laughs)
Now, I know that your album leaked a few weeks ago. How did you all react when you heard the news that it had gotten out early, and what does something like that mean to you?
JEREMY DAVIS: Of course it affects us. Instinctively, we expected it to happen. It was a surprise, but we knew it was coming at some point, we just didn’t know when. Of course, when you’re an artist, you want control of how things are presented, especially something we’re so proud of. We had this whole plan. It’s funny, we were told it would leak, but when it actually did, we were like “WHAT?!?” You just have to realize it is what it is, and thankfully the people who heard it were really positive about it. Sometimes leaks can be bad, and in our case, I think it was positive.