Today, Hayley Williams has released “Dead Horse,” the final track on the second part of her debut solo album, Petals For Armor. The Paramore vocalist is releasing her solo album as three separate EPs leading up to its May 8 release date.
As the fifth and final song to be released from Petals For Armor ll, “Dead Horse” is a song that reflects back to Williams’ younger self.
“‘Dead Horse,’ offers strength back to a younger, weaker version of myself. All of this needed to be said in order to embody the kind of woman I hope to be,” she shares.
In particular, the single’s opening lyrics paint a clear picture of the mind frame Williams was in while writing it.
“Alright it took me three days to send you this, but sorry I was in a depression,” she says. “But I’m trying to come out of it now.”
The single also refers to some well-known moments in Williams’ life including her iconic self-titled era blue hair. Check out the lyric video for the new single below.
The release of “Dead Horse” also marks the end of a pivotal part of Petals For Armor for Williams.
“PFA ll is the perfect interlude between where Petals began and where it’s going…Part lll isn’t far behind,” she shares.
Alongside “Dead Horse,” “Why We Ever,” “My Friend,” “Over Yet” and “Roses/Lotus/Violet/Iris” (featuring boygenius) are the other previously released songs included on Petals For Armor II. For Williams, this particular collection of songs helped her cathartically get through some emotional moments in her life.
“I needed these songs to help me get to a place where I could name my shame, take inventory of emotional scars, true friends, awful coping mechanisms, and discover what I desire for my life,” she says.
Petals For Armor pre-order bundles including digital and physical copies of the album are available for purchase here.
Williams has openly talked about her mental health since she announced Petals For Armor back in January. Recently, she revealed she took a break from social media after a slew of ill-intended tweets on mental health were directed towards her.
In a press statement this week, it has also been announced that all of Williams’ upcoming solo tour dates are being rescheduled for 2021. This is due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic occurring worldwide. Purchased tickets will remain valid for the rescheduled dates. More information will be released soon.
Williams also recently responded to speculation that Paramore will no longer continue to make music. In an interview with Colorado radio station RXP 103.9 FM, she revealed that a new Paramore album will be happening in the future. Along with this, Williams also confirmed that the band’s “Parahoy!” will be returning for a fourth edition at some point.
UPDATE: APRIL 22, 2020, 11:03 A.M. ET
Hayley Williams has now issued an official statement regarding the rescheduled dates for both the European and North American tours.
Due to the continuing restrictions on travel and large gatherings as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, the UK & Europe Petals For Armor tour dates currently scheduled for May are being rescheduled for 2021.
The North American Petals For Armor dates will be rescheduled as well. More information on when the new dates will take place will be available soon.
Tickets for both the UK/Europe and North America tours will be honored at the rescheduled dates. However, should you have any other questions about your tickets, please reach out to your point of purchase.
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— hayley from Paramore 🌺 (@yelyahwilliams) April 22, 2020
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