Paramore's Hayley Williams, Taylor York and Zac Farro joined Zane Lowe for a Beats 1 interview on Thursday (May 11), offering the stories behind their new album After Laughter and touching on much more.
Over the past several years, the band has seen a number of lineup changes with bassist Jeremy Davis leaving the group in 2015 and later suing the group, while drummer Zac Farro rejoined the group on this their after leaving in 2010 with brother guitarist Josh Farro. The issue of inner-band and even personal conflict seeped through much of the subject matter, as well as the flip-side of now reuniting with Zac Farro for this fifth studio album. And, from the sounds of it, after more than a decade running, things are at an all time high for the band, who claim to be learning to say no when necessary.
"I think for so long we kind of felt like we had to push ourselves so hard to prove it and it just wore us down so hard," said York. "And that's life, everyone in their occupation no matter what it is gets worn down. It's not like you can just do things however you want. But I think we we're like we have such a rad job and such a cool opportunity to play together and the fact that people like what we're doing and are connecting or at least having fun… And so can we protect our souls a little bit more? And maybe we don't do a couple things that the labels are like, 'This is big!' Maybe we turn some of those down so we can be happy. We want to work hard. And actually the crazy thing is even though we want to take care of ourselves more, I think we're more excited to tour that we've ever been..."