Paramore were recently on the Apple Music Essentials playlist with Zane Lowe and talked about writing After Laughter, collaborations and what “Misery Business” means to the band now.
Frontwoman Hayley Williams opened up about the strenuous writing process of the band's latest album.
“I didn't realize some of the things that I was going through personally until I wrote them down on paper,” she shares. “And, then, there was another face of being reintroduced to my feelings when feeling them.”
Williams also explained that singing the songs live helps her get pass these feelings, but there's one song she can't still listen to: “Tell Me How.”
The singer also revealed that her 2010 collab with B.O.B, “Airplanes,” was originally a Lupe Fiasco song. Williams explains she's done with collabs, unless a certain Canadian rapper contacts her.
“I guess I'm just holding out for Drake,” she says, “anything else will never happen.
And, yes, she did talk about “Misery Business”… again. “Lyrically, I think I have a relationship with it that's kida tense now,” Williams explains.
“It marks a turning point, though,” she continues. “And now it kinda shows how much we've grown, how different the band is today than what we were when we first became popular.”
However, the problems they might have with the lyrics don't affect the way the band plays it live. According to Williams, the song is all about crowd participation nowadays, which makes it an exciting moment on the set.
You can watch three snippets of the interview below.
On writing After Laughter:
On “Airplanes” and wanting to collab with Drake:
On the new meaning of “Misery Business”:
As fans know, Williams was only 17 years old when she wrote the line “Once a whore, you’re nothing more/I’m sorry, that will never change.” But still has to explain the lyric and why she doesn't sing it.
In a blog post in 2015, Williams writes: “Misery Business is not a set of lyrics that I relate to as a 26-year-old woman. I haven’t related to it in a very long time. those words were written when I was 17… admittedly, from a very narrow-minded perspective. It wasn’t really meant to be this big philosophical statement about anything. It was quite literally a page in my diary about a singular moment I experienced as a high schooler.”
On the 10th anniversary of the video's release date, Williams referred to the song as a “backward-minded lil rascal” but also wrote about how people can change from within.
Paramore are coming back to North America this summer with the After Laughter Summer Tour, and they are taking Soccer Mommy and Jay Som along for the ride.
The tour kicks off June 12 in St. Augustine, Florida, wrapping up July 24 in Morrison, Colorado. Plus, Paramore will be joined by Foster The People. An epic summer tour? We think yes. Check out the full list of cities and dates below!
06/12 – St. Augustine, FL @ St. Augustine Amphitheatre
06/14 – Simpsonville, SC @ Heritage Park Amphitheater
06/15 – Raleigh, NC @ Red Hat Amphitheater *
06/18 – Toronto, ON @ Budweiser Stage
06/20 – Gilford, NH @ Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion
06/21 – Bangor, ME @ Darling’s Waterfront Pavilion
06/23 – Columbia, MD @Merriweather Post Pavilion
06/24 – Philadelphia, PA @ Festival Pier
06/26 – Brooklyn, NY @ Barclays Center
06/28 – Columbus, OH @ Express Live!
06/29 – Detroit, MI @DTE Amphitheater
07/01 – Indianapolis, IN @ Farm Brook Pavilion *
07/02 – Chicago, IL @ Huntington Beach Pavilion at Northerly Park
07/05 – Minneapolis, MN @ The Armory
07/07 – Kansas City, MO @ Starlight Amphitheater
07/08 – Oklahoma City, OK @ Zoo Amphitheater
07/10 – New Orleans, LA @Bold Sphere Music at Champions Square
07/11 – Corpus Christi, TX @ Concrete Street Amphitheater
07/13 – Houston, TX @Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion
07/14 – Irving, TX @The Pavilion at Toyota Music Factory
07/18 – Los Angeles, CA @The Forum
07/19 – San Diego, CA @ Mattress Firm Amphitheatre
07/21 – Mountain View, CA @ Shoreline Amphitheatre
07/23 – Salt Lake City, UT @USANA Amphitheatre
07/24 – Morrison, CO @ Red Rocks Amphitheatre
*Foster The People not performing
Watch more: The AP Sessions: Paramore (2011)