Hayley Williams says she is shocked that fans “still care” about Paramore and their music.
The band, which now features Zac Farro and Taylor York, released the album’s title single, “This Is Why,” this week, marking their first new music since 2017’s “After Laughter.”
In retrospect, the 33-year-old singer realizes how crucial their time away from the limelight was for their “sanity” throughout the previous two decades.
On the band’s Discord server, she said, “Those last few years at home were very important. There is not a single one of us who is still in our 20s. Whenever the boys and I get together, which is very often, we always reminisce about our twenty-year relationship like we’re ancients.
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It’s ridiculous to say, but we’re all stunned that not only are we still around but that other appear to be interested. It’s a huge deal, not to be trifled with.”
The ‘Misery Business’ singer went on, “From late 2018 till now, and for the first time in my adult life, I’ve been allowed to spend continuous days, months, years, etc., at home.
The things I’ve learned here are infinite and very different from the ones I picked up when on the road with Paramore nonstop. This was a welcome change from my previous way of life. Taking a look at our schedule for the next several years, I can say with confidence that “had we not deliberately given it up for a season, I would not be ready to dedicate myself back to the Paramore, the music, and the life that I love so much.”
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Hayley released two solo albums in 2020 (‘Petals for Armor’) and 2018 (‘Flowers for Vases / Descansos’) before reuniting with her bandmates.
She continued by expressing gratitude to their devoted fans, saying, “For all that, on behalf of us all, I want to say thank you for being so kind and supportive of us as people first. The music business does not prioritize its employees or fans. We can’t even say that this is primarily a music business. In fact, it’s rather clear that we don’t live in a culture that puts people first.
That’s why it wasn’t a crazy idea to go on a short vacation for no other reason than to save our sanity.
The “Ignorance” vocalist claims that the band, which has had many line-up changes over the years, is now enjoying its “happiest and most gratifying moment” ever.
Hayley Williams concluded the message by writing, “For so many reasons I can’t even begin to put into words, I believe we are about to experience our happiest, most gratifying moments as Paramore.”
And I hope you understand what I mean by “WE” now.”