While Paramore's fifth and most recent studio album After Laughter is, on the surface, a sonic rainbow of modernized new wave, further inspection of the lyrics prove that it's often far from cheery. Just a year after its release, frontwoman Hayley Williams got candid about her "life with After Laughter" and struggles with mental health in a personal essay for PAPER published Wednesday (May 30).
"In the summer of 2015, I was an engaged, yellow-haired 26-year-old," Williams opened the essay. "There was a Grammy sitting on my kitchen counter and boxes everywhere from the move I'd made back home to Nashville after a few weird years in LA. I was going to get married that September, slow down some, plant a garden, have a kid, make another Paramore record. Everything was finally going to be perfect and I was going to live happily ever afte-- Oh."