In case you weren’t aware of it, Paramore have had quite the year, rising from Tennessee teeny-punkers to gold-certified tour headliners, thanks to the success of singles “Misery Business” and “CrushCrushCrush” and to the onstage strut of frontwoman Hayley Williams.
“I would say since the beginning of the year, when we were recording the record, to now, life has changed so much. And it’s a good thing,” Williams told MTV News. “It’s awesome to see our songs and our music being accepted by so many people. We’re just having a blast. And all these opportunities are coming up for us, like, we got to appear on ‘Late Night With Conan O’Brien’ — just dreams and goals that we never thought would happen are happening.”
Yes, things are totally great in the Paramore camp right now: They’ve just wrapped a headlining tour (complete with corporate sponsorship from a mobile phone company); recently reissued their breakthrough album, Riot, in a deluxe Music Video Interactive edition (with a hilarious commercial you can see here); and next month, they’ll head to the U.K. for a string of sold-out shows.
Suffice it to say, none of this was expected. When they first started, all Paramore really wanted to do was write songs and feed their sugar addiction.
“It definitely feels like we’ve come a long way. Four or five years ago, all we did was hang out in [bassist] Jeremy [Davis'] living room and write songs and eat candy,” guitarist Josh Farro said. “And we never really had any goals or ambitions at the time. But then as we grew, we had a vision for our band. We never thought we’d be touring the world. … It’s hard sometimes, because you take it for granted — everybody does — but then there are times where you sit back and go, ‘Holy crap, we are so lucky to be out here.’ ”
Such a rapid rise to the top must come with a surreal moment or two. Actually, there’s one almost every night.
“At shows now there’s a lot of older people,” Farro said. “It’s cool because we’re used to kids our age and mostly younger. But now it’s anywhere from 10-years-old to 55. But it’s cool that people older than my dad enjoy our music.”
“For every five 13-year-old girls, there’s a dad with them,” drummer Zac Farro added. “And they’re like, ‘Well, they dragged me to this concert, but I just like it. I’m still gonna be out there singing the words.’ We get it all the time. ‘I’m not gonna use headphones, because I want to rock out with you guys.’ It’s pretty cool.”