Since finishing their run on the Warped Tour this past summer and releasing their stellar debut album, Paramore have constantly been on the road. I caught up with them at home in Nashville, TN to see how things are going.
Trevor: First off, let’s get the obvious out of the way. You’ve had two member changes since the last time I talked to you. How is that working out for you?
Josh: It’s amazing.
Jeremy: It’s so good!
Hunter: It’s the best thing that’s ever happened to Paramore.
Hayley: Jeremy was actually at the last show you interviewed us, watching.
Josh: He was there wishing he was back in.
Jeremy: I was the original bass player, and then I left and..yeah.
Zac: He does a lot of smart things like that.
Josh: It’s been awesome, amazing, and incredible, so yeah.
Trevor: You’ve done a lot more touring since the summer. Now be honest. How much fun are you guys having on tour?
All: A lot.
Josh: We’re so blessed to be able to show up at a venue every day and do what we love doing.
Zac: It never gets old.
Josh: It never does, but it gets cold.
Trevor: What are some of the new friends you’ve made while you’ve been touring?
Zac: The Lashes.
All: The Lashes.
Hayley: Forever Changed.
Josh: We didn’t tour with them, but we met up with them and got pretty close.
Hunter: Amber Pacific. My American Heart and Halifax.
Josh: Every band we’ve been on tour with.
Jeremy: Yeah, we’ve become close with pretty much everyone.
Trevor: How did you guys hook up with Shane C. Drake for the “Pressure” video?
Hayley: That was sort of John Janick’s idea. He knew him because he had done some stuff with Fall Out Boy and Fall Out Boy was with Fueled By Ramen. So he was like, “I’d really like to see what Shane could do with you guys,” and it worked out perfectly. We’re hoping if we do a new video, he’d be interested in doing it with us, because he’s incredible.
Zac: Yeah, now that he did us, it’s just going up from here. He’s doing Panic! now and we started him off on his career!
Trevor: Who came up with the concept for the video?
Josh: We all kind of did. We sitting in the van and it was all kind of sprung up on us. It was kind of rushed, so we didn’t have much time to think about it. We love the video and how it turned out, but we’re just going to make our next one a whole lot better.
Trevor: I go into my school’s university center all the time, and they’ve always got MTVu playing. Almost every time I walk in there, the video is on.
Hayley: Oh weird!
Trevor:So how does it feel to know that your exposure is steadily growing away from the internet crowd and is slowly getting more mainstream?
Hayley: It’s really evident at shows. We’ve been able to tell the difference from the Warped Tour crowd last year, and even before that, the Bamboozle crowd. You can tell a lot by the way the kids we used to play for never would scream that much. Then the new kids, I don’t know; after we did the Simple Plan tour and on the Simple Plan tour, you could just walk on stage and everyone would start screaming.
Jeremy: It was like their eyes were going to pop out. They were like, “AAAAH!”
Hunter: Everyone’s just so much more enthusiastic. It’s a good feeling.
Trevor:Are you planning on releasing a new single any time soon?
Josh: We’re hoping to. We don’t know which song, but we’re hoping to some time soon.
Trevor: I heard you were demoing some new material.
Trevor: Do you have a target date to actually go in and start recording a new full length?
Hayley: No, not really. I think we wanted to be able to record new stuff, but after we came back out on tour this year, we saw how much different the response was, and how much better it was. So we want to keep this record a chance to keep growing, because I think it’s only going to get better from here. We’re actually going to play two new songs tonight.
Zac: Yeah, we play the new stuff, because there’s no set thing for it. Maybe after Warped Tour, though, we’ll play a whole new set.
Trevor: Since the summer, a bunch of fan sites have popped up and they’ve got really, really rabid readers that contriubte something every day; whether it be pictures, videos, or whatever. Did you guys ever think that would happen to you?
All: No way!
Josh: They’re crazy man. They bring us stuff to shows. They brought Jeremy a pinata for his birthday and filmed us breaking it. The brought him cake.
Hayley: Oh! What about the girl that brought us gingerbread cookies that looked like us?
Zac: Oh man, those were good!
Hunter: There’s so much candy and everything.
Zac: For some reason, I guess we’ve done interviews like, “What’s your favorite food?” and I say, “Candy I guess,” so they read it. Then they’re like, “I heard you guys like these!” and we’re like, “Thank you!” They bring the candy you like and you’re like, “Oh gosh!”
Josh: I guess it’s just hard to fathom that someone you don’t know will buy you your favorite candy just because they like your music. It’s awesome, but at the same time you’re like, “Why are you doing this? I don’t deserve this.”
Jeremy: It’s cool, though, because I love it.
Zac: I swear, they’re going to put poison in it one time and I won’t care, because I love to snack!
Trevor: How often do you catch yourselves wishing you were home?
Hayley: Uuuh…(laughs) I think..I think..ah..too often.
Josh: I think towards the end of a tour, everyone’s anxious to get home, but then when you’re off for a week, you’re itching to get back out on the road again.
Jeremy: Yeah, it was like today. We got here at 6:30 in the morning, we all went to sleep, and then like, we all met up for lunch. We all hugged eachother and were like, “I miss you!”
Jeremy: I mean, seriously, we were hugging eachother and were like, “I saw you like what, five hours ago!” I’m not even kidding, it was the weirdest thing ever and we’re all like, “Aaah!”
Hunter: You hang out for every second of every day and then you’re gone for two hours and you’re like, “I’m so happy to see you!”
Trevor: What have you been taking out on tour that keeps you sane and occupied on the road?
Josh: Movies and stuff.
Josh: Haha, yeah, our daily vitamins. Hayley’s trying to get a little swollen.
Hayley: (Laughing) No! They make fun of me, because I take vitamins a lot.
Hayley: (Laughing even harder.) No! I just take vitamins a lot because I’m extremely paranoid about being sick.
Josh: She’s a health freak.
Trevor: I heard earlier in the week, there were a couple of rude guys at a show. So I guess I’m directing this at Hayley. How often do you have to deal with that, and when you do, how do you deal with it?
Hayley: Every night. Lately the way I’ve been dealing with it is just through our music. At the end of “Here We Go Again” we have this, I don’t want to call it a breakdown because we’re not a hardcore band, but I guess this musical outtro, and it’s pretty heavy. I just make up lyrics that kind of pertain to what’s happening. The other night, that’s kind of what happened. I just got super fed up with it. The only thing I can do is sing about it, because that’s the platform that I have at the time. I mean, I’ll say things back to them every once in a while. Like, that one night, I was like, “Why are you here?”
Josh: Yeah, she was like, “Do you even like our band?” and they were just like, “You’re hot!” and they don’t give up. So they kept on yelling and I was like, “SHH!” and they stopped.
Zac: It’s cool sometimes, because like the other night we were somewhere like, Tucan, Washington or something..
Zac: Tucoma, Tucan, who cares?
Hayley: Go on.
Zac: Somewhere in this world, we were playing, and this dude was like, “Hey play Skater Boi!” and Hayley just totally like killed him, dude. She was like, “Hey, no. We played that on our last tour.” Then the guy was like, Oh,” and at the end of “Here We Go Again” she just starts, “He was a boy, and she was a girl!” and we were on stage playing and we were like, “What is she doing?” I was like, “I’ve heard that before. Oh wait! That’s Skater Boi!”
Jeremy: You could tell that everyone was laughing at those dudes because she was like, “You should have been on that tour! It was awesome!” Then she’s like, “This song’s called Complicated!” and I was like, “What’s she doing?”
Josh: I’ve got one more story. That one night in Detroit, that was probably the worst night we’ve ever had, but they were like, “Let me touch your hand! Give me a high five!” and Hayley’s like, “You know what? No.” and everyone’s like, (All the guys) “Ooooooh!”
Hunter: It was like 8-Mile.
Hunter: We were there. The venue in 8-Mile.
Hayley: I’m sorry, we’re definitely not sane right now.
Zac: We’re having a good time in Nashkill!
Hayley: For real, though. We’re just excited to be home, and you’re an old friend, so it’s just fun.
Trevor: (Laughing) So what are your plans for the summer?
Josh: We have Warped Tour. We’re actually going to Japan in about a week, then in April, we’re going to the UK. But yeah, after that it’s Warped Tour.
Trevor: Are you playing the full Warped Tour or are you just playing select dates?
Zac: I think a month.
Hayley: We’re playing South by Southwest also, next month in Austin Texas. That’s going to be cool.
Zac: Which isn’t the summer at all.
Hayley: Yeah, but it’s up and coming. I’m excited because Thursday is on that bill and I like Thursday.
Trevor: You’re going to get starstruck. You know you are.
Hayley: Oh, totally. (Laughter) No, see the thing is, we saw Geoff Rickley at CBGB’s when we played there last time. I don’t know, it was in New York, but he was there. We know people from labels that know him and I wanted to be like, “Hey, my friend says she knows you,” but I was so scared.
Zac: He’s a cool person, and he smells like cigarettes.
Hayley: Yeah, but after that, we don’t know.
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you guys are the best band ever!!i love your music its great to just escape to and get lost in for a while. thank you for making music that can impact someones life and keep up the good work!!:]
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miss murder says
hola pase por su pagina y me encanto!!
bueno aprte de que me encanta paramore!!!
luff paramore,this is hilarious and they’re so down to earth [zac is super funny]