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With guidance from producer Justin Meldal-Johnsen, former bassist for Nine Inch Nails and Beck, the band has gone chasing after new textures and new tempos with no fear.
“It’s just like sitting down with a friend over coffee,” she says.“And I have to believe that, or else the last two years would have been the most insane roller coaster for nothing. Paramore has undergone major changes in the past six years.“We bump into each other and chat like old friends.It’s a good feeling to know that you’re on good terms with someone you had a bad breakup with, so all’s well now.B.’s otherwise dishwater radio hit “Airplanes.” As the tune floated up the Billboard singles chart, fans wondered whether the singer was branding herself as a solo artist.
Williams, Davis and York insist that idea was never in play, and three years later, they have the best Paramore album ever recorded to prove it.
It’s six hours before showtime in Austin — a midnight showcase at the South By Southwest music festival designed to reintroduce Paramore to the industry, the media, the fans, the universe. Williams, 24, wears her orange hair in a Dutch crown braid, looking more like a sprite than the punk who joined Paramore in Franklin, Tenn., a decade ago.
“We all started a band as kids because we really just wanted to be in a band,” Williams says. And you can’t fault someone for not being happy or for finding complete joy in the same things that you do.” Williams has used this high-road party line in just about every interview since the split.
“You talk about that thing you’re going through, the things you’re feeling, the things that are heaviest on your heart.” The intoxicatingly mushy love songs on “Paramore” signal that life is good, but Williams hasn’t donated her poison pen collection to Goodwill. So if I have to, I’m gonna leave you behind.” On stages and behind microphones, Williams projects fearlessness and ambition ungoverned.
The album’s first three cuts address the band’s fissure head-on, culminating with “Grow Up,” perhaps the album’s most radio-ready kiss-off: “Some of us have to grow up sometimes . She might be the most ebullient rock-and-roll frontperson of her generation. We got a second chance to be Paramore.” She keeps her hands tucked in the sleeves of her polka-dot blouse, but her fists are clenched.
Not only did guitarist Josh Farro and drummer Zac Farro leave the band in 2010, but bassist Jeremy Davis recently left in December.