Paramore’s Hayley Williams Opens Up About Personal Struggles When Creating New Album “After Laughter”
In a fresh new interview with the New York Times
“You can run on the fumes of being a teenager for as long as you want, but eventually life hits you really hard,” Says front woman Hayley Williams.
“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,” Williams continues.
When looking back to where it all began for Paramore, Williams talks about finding her own feet in a male-dominated scene. “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,” Williams told the New York Times. “I didn’t care if they had a penis or not. I had to be great at my job,” She continues.
Williams also spent time during the interview opening up on her own personal struggles she faced while creating After Laughter, stating that she started to question “everything” about the band.
“We were down another member — same old story almost from Day 1,” she continues.
“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 continues.
Since the release of Paramore’s new almost controversial single “Hard Times,” Williams has said that she has been inspired by artists like Cherry Glazerr, Bleached and Tacocat, and explained Paramore’s new musical direction with the simple words of “We’ve gotten to a point with out new music where we don’t really want to head bang anymore.”
“A lot of life happened,” Williams says, as she reflects on her personal struggles and the controversial progression of Paramore. “I couldn’t imagine putting something on an album that says ‘life’s great, everything’s cool, party with me.”
Williams eases off the topic, saying that she is content with where Paramore is at right now.
“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.”
You can view the video for “Hard Times” below: