By now, you've probably seen the cover of [url id="http://www.mtv.com/music/artist/paramore/artist.jhtml"]Paramore[/url]'s upcoming Brand New Eyes album (and if you haven't, well, here), which very artfully depicts a freshly dissected butterfly.
It's a pretty striking (and strikingly pretty) image, so, on the same day we spoke to Paramore about the title of their new record, we decided to ask them to tell us the story behind that butterfly too. Turns out — like pretty much everything on Eyes — there's a personal connection.
"The cover is actually a butterfly I found in my driveway one day, and it was huge and really gorgeous and we clipped its wings off and pinned its body and its wings up to the fence in my backyard," frontwoman Hayley Williams said. "I've had [it] forever in this box in my mom's house. And we all liked the idea of ripping the wings off a butterfly, because it's in the lyrics of 'Brick By Boring Brick.' "
Of course, that begs the question: Did they rip the wings off the thing while it was still fluttering?
"It was already dead," Williams said.
"No animals were harmed in the making of this record," bassist Jeremy Davis laughed.
Of course, the image of the butterfly only extends the implicit message on this album, one born out of intense inter-band struggles and battles with self-doubt: that divided, nothing — not love, relationships or a band — can survive; but united, anything is possible.
"I really feel like the theme of the whole record is really self-explanatory. I don't think anyone is going to have a problem understanding exactly what we're talking about, or relating our situation to them," Williams said. "Even if they're not in a band [that's] touring and traveling. That's why the image works ... it's a really cool representation of those themes. It looks awesome."