Paramore released their new album After Laughter last month, and fans have flooded the band with support. Hayley Williams took to Instagram to share her thoughts and thanks to the way fans have embraced their new record.
“been waiting for the right time to post these thoughts on After Laughter. it's taken me about this long to truly let go [of the songs we made]. see you all so soon,” she shared.
Read her heartfelt message in full below.
In her post, she thanks fans and the people who have shared special words about the album, but she shares so much gratefulness for Taylor York and Zac Farro through their joint work in the new album, too. She thanks York for his work as he “completely spearheaded the creative process and brought us all to new levels of creativity and artistic challenge.” She thanks Farro for helping “turn the recording process into something that was no longer about grieving the past but about honoring it and being able to look forward, boldly again.”
Read the first part of her message here:
After Laughter has been out for a minute. pls indulge me for a sec?
a year ago we sat with the label and said we wanted the album launch to look different than anything we’d done in the past. less focused on sell, sell, sell… and more about the friendship and art and our own enjoyment of the process. we have to remain inspired and care for ourselves as a unit, as individuals, and as a part of a larger creative community that we are thankful to be a part of.
setting these songs free was harder for Taylor & i this time than it was the last time around. it also felt more surreal because Zac was once again part of the celebration and that’s still something i pinch myself over.
now that After Laughter belongs to more people than just us, i feel like i just need to express how incredible it feels to have people accept it for all that it is.
And scroll through the gallery to read her full message to Taylor, Zac, music journalists and, most importantly, fans here:
Paramore are also nominated for Most Dedicated Fanbase Presented By Fearless Records at this year’s Alternative Press Music Awards. You can vote for Paramore, along with all your other favorite bands, here. The 2017 APMAs will be at the Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, OH on July 17.
Check out Paramore’s full list of cities and tour dates below:
9/06 – Jacksonville, FL @ Moran Theatre*
9/08 – Miami, FL @ The Fillmore Miami Beach*
9/09 – Orlando, FL @ Dr. Phillips Center*
9/11 – Charlotte, NC @ Ovens Auditorium
9/13 – Washington, DC @ MGM National Harbor Theater
9/15 – Detroit, MI @ The Fox Theatre
9/16-17 – Chicago, IL @ Riot Fest
9/19 – Sioux City, IA @ Orpheum Theatre
9/21 – Denver, CO @ BellCo Theatre
9/22 – Orem, UT @ Utah Valley University Events Center
9/24 – Oakland, CA @ Paramount Theatre
9/26 – Los Angeles, CA @ Greek Theater
9/27 – Phoenix, AZ @ Comercia Theatre
9/29 – Houston, TX @ Smart Financial Center at Sugar Land
9/30 – Dallas, TX @ Verizon Theatre at Grand Prairie
10/02 – Atlanta, GA @ The Fox Theater
10/04 – New York, NY @ Radio City Music Hall
10/07 – Boston, MA @ Boston Opera House
10/10 – Bethlehem, PA @ Sands Bethlehem Event Center
10/12 – Montreal, QC @ St. Denis Theatre
10/13 – Toronto, ON @ Massey Hall
10/15 – Akron, OH @ Akron Civic Theatre
10/17 – Nashville, TN @ Ryman Auditorium
*Best Coast not performing
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