Paramore stormed South By Southwest to play their first U.S. show “in a long time” on Wednesday night — or, more correctly, Thursday morning, since they took the stage after midnight — and, roughly a dozen hours after wrapping that set, they were backstage at the mtvU Woodie Awards, doing a run of interviews but still very much aglow about their time on the SXSW stage.
“It was too much fun!” Hayley Williams beamed. “It was packed with our friends; we played with Tegan and Sara, who we’ve toured with before and known for a long time, and Kitten, who I think are about to be massive and blow everyone’s minds. It was nice to share the stage with so many cool artists that we respect.”
Of course, they’re also pretty amazed by the sheer energy of the folks who pack Austin’s Sixth Street each and every night — “Everyone’s out of their minds!” guitarist Taylor York laughed — and the sheer volume of bands that take over SXSW each year. And somewhere, in-between all the partying and show-playing, Paramore are also shooting a video, for next single “Still Into You” … but yet, they couldn’t pass up a chance to attend the Woodies, a show Williams has fond memories of; and not just because she proudly displays Paramore’s 2008 Woodie of the Year in her Tennessee home, either.
“I love the Woodies, [bassist] Jeremy [Davis] and I went in 2008, and it was really fun. I just like that it gives a place or a home to music that I feel like some people are missing out on, and it highlights it,” she said. “There’s music all over the radio, and you hear the same thing every time you turn it on, but under that, there’s something going on, all the time, and it’s always informing what’s happening in the mainstream, whether people know it or not.
“And I love that the Woodie Awards gives a voice to college kids who are constantly finding great bands,” she continues. “And it gives a voice to those bands, that otherwise may not have that sixe of a platform to get up and show people what they do.”