Camaraderie is something that pop-punkers Paramore has striven for ever since they formed in Nashville in 2004 when they were teenagers. Since releasing their gold-certified debut All We Know Is Falling in 2005, the 3x-Grammy-nominated band has shot to international stardom thanks to a strong connection with its fans that has translated into a string of platinum and gold singles, including “Misery Business,” “Crushcrushcrush,” and “That’s What You Get” from 2007’s platinum-certified Riot!, “Decode” from 2008’s Twilight soundtrack, “The Only Exception” from 2009’s platinum Brand New Eyes, and “Monster” from 2011’s Transformers: Dark of the Moon soundtrack.
It’s also led to a series of sold-out arena tours, including headlining the 2010 Honda Civic Tour and multiple visits to Europe, Asia, Australia, New Zealand, and South America.
When Hayley Williams began writing lyrics for the songs that appear on Paramore’s self-titled new album, she found herself feeling more optimistic than ever before about the future of the band she has fronted since she was 15. “I had this kind of Tony-in-West-Side-Story-moment when he sings about how something is coming. He doesn’t know what it is, but it’s going to be great,” she says with a laugh. “A lot of the new songs came out of that. They’re about needing to find whatever’s next.”
But more than anything, Williams, Davis, and York love being back on the road. “Our connection with our fans is the most important thing to us,” Davis says. “I’m really excited to get back into the swing of it and feel that energy coming from the audience.” They also can’t wait to hear how the fans react to the new songs. “We really mean it when we say this album feels like the record our band was always supposed to make,” York says. Which is why they’ve chosen to self-title it. Says Williams: “We felt that the best way to give it a name was just to call it what it is. This album is us.”
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