Paramore are moving forward, with a song-a-month "Singles Club" and plans for a new album in 2012. But in the new issue of
For the magazine's cover story, Paramore discuss the departure of founding members Josh and Zac Farro last winter and how it forced them to realize that perhaps they had been approaching the business of being in a band from the wrong angle. Namely, they forgot all about the fun.
"We've always enjoyed what we do," guitarist Taylor York told the magazine, "but we'd watch other bands on tour with us, and they would just be having a blast. They'd be in vans, all cramming in one hotel room. Every day, they were just stoked to be there. In my head, I'm like, 'Either they're just really mistaken, or we're missing something. I don't think it's possible to have that much fun.' "
"I felt so bad for the longest time, because we made being in a band look like it wasn't fun," frontwoman Hayley Williams added. "In my opinion. Other people might not have thought that, but you imagine all the interviews we did where it was just like, 'Uhh ... ' "
Gee, wonder which interview she's referring to? Still, after surviving the split with the Farros, Paramore rediscovered the joy of being in a band while on tour in South America, and that's what gave them the desire to press on with a new album.
"This winter, when Zac and Josh left, we went through a really hard time," York said. "I think we had to go through that. We all love each other, but we had to come together so closely that we really rediscovered how much we really love each other — and how much we love playing music. We had to go through that to realize what we had."
Recharged, Paramore are pressing on with their new record — one that, from the sound of things, will be a spirited affair indeed.
"It's important for young people to know how much fun it is to make music with your friends," Williams said. "You have to fight for it, of course, but it's the biggest gift to play music for people, and it's a gift even if you're not playing for anybody. It's fun, and I'm excited. We're stoked to have that spirit revolving around this [forthcoming] album and just relax into the process."
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