Hayley Williams Shares The Main Reference Paramore Used In New Album

Paramore’s Hayley Williams recently spoke during an episode of her BBC Sounds podcast Everything Is Emo and revealed what inspired Paramore the most during the making of their new record.

Following the release of their fifth studio album ‘After Laughter’ on May 12, 2017, Paramore didn’t release any new music material for a long time. Fans were expecting their sixth album to have a more guitar-driven sound, so they were super excited to listen to new music from the band.

In January 2022, Paramore entered the studio to work on their sixth album. The album’s release date or title is yet to be announced, but Paramore will embark on a tour as the headliner of the When We Were Young festival on October 22, taking the stage for their first live performance since 2018.

In the new episode of her Everything Is Emo podcast, Hayley Williams talked about Paramore’s upcoming album and their main influences. She stated that they always loved Bloc Party, and the band made her remember the time she got her driving license because she was always listening to their ‘Silent Alarm’ in the car.

Williams revealed that Bloc Party had been Paramore’s primary influence since the beginning because their sound had an ‘urgency to their sound,’ which separated them from other fast punk, pop-punk, or emo bands. According to the singer, Bloc Party has a dynamic and distinctive sound that appeals to Paramore. Williams then stated she is thankful for Bloc Party’s return to the scene.

Hayley Williams said the following during the new episode of her Everything Is Emo podcast:

We loved this band, me and all my friends. We were really into ‘Silent Alarm,’ which always reminds me of getting my driving license. I paid my mom money from a publishing advance we got from our first album to buy out the remainder of the car notes she had for this old Mazda 626. I think I paid $3000, named her Miss Anne, and covered her in stickers. Bloc Party’s ‘Silent Alarm’ was always on in the car. It was a favorite, and there’s no bad track on it.”

She then continued, addressing Bloc Party’s importance for Paramore:

“From day one, Bloc Party was the number one reference because there was such an urgency to their sound that was different to the fast punk or the pop-punk or the loud wall of sound emo bands that were happening in the early 2000s.

They had their own thing; it was so unique and dynamic, and it really stuck with us. And I’m thankful for this band; I’m so grateful that they’re back, they’re playing shows, they’re putting out great songs, and it just makes me feel even more excited to get back out into the world and maybe cross paths with the band that has been a huge part of our story from day one.”

Apart from the When We Were Young festival, Paramore will also headline the Austin City Limits Festival along with Red Hot Chili Peppers, P!nk, and Lil Nas X during October. Besides, they are also expected to hit the road in Fall 2022.