Hayley Williams on Next Paramore Album: "I Have a Lot to Say"

December 3, 2008 1:51 PM ET

As 2008 winds down, Paramore are celebrating the success of their contributions to the Twilight soundtrack and making plans to record their third full-length LP. "The only thing I know for a fact is that it's in the very earliest stage possible," lead singer Hayley Williams says. That disclaimer aside, Williams said the band will be holing up in their native Tennessee to work on the new album, after recording their last two LPs in Orlando and Elmwood Park, NJ. "It's time to be home, and play music at home," she says. "I think we're really going to gain a lot from that." The decision also means any possible collaborators (Williams says the band has narrowed down their list of possible producers) will be heading to Nashville.

"I have a lot to say this time around, and there's a lot of things I thought I knew that I was absolutely wrong about," Williams says. The band's lives off stage over the past year and a half, including members' parents getting divorced and break-up rumors following the cancellation of a European tour, have resulted in trying times. "Things happened that are very normal, but they were so magnified by distance and being busy," Williams says. "I can't believe we've made it out of this, and I feel we're stronger because of it."

The band hopes the record will be out late next summer, and Williams says it's too early to tell if Paramore's new material will resemble the darker tunes featured in Twilight. "We're definitely not going to rush anything or force songs out," she says. "There are moments I didn't know what was going to happen, and I'm just proud of where we are now."

Related Stories:
Hayley Williams on Twilight: "I Connected To It Immediately"
Exclusive Look at Paramore's DVD The Final RIOT!
Q&A: Hayley Williams

To read the new issue of Rolling Stone online, plus the entire RS archive: Click Here

Music Main Next
Around the Web
Powered By ZergNet
Daily Newsletter

Get the latest RS news in your inbox.

Sign up to receive the Rolling Stone newsletter and special offers from RS and its
marketing partners.


We may use your e-mail address to send you the newsletter and offers that may interest you, on behalf of Rolling Stone and its partners. For more information please read our Privacy Policy.

Song Stories


The Pack | 2006

Berkeley, California rappers the Pack made their footwear choice clear in 2006 with the song "Vans." The track caught the attention of Too $hort, who signed them to his imprint. MTV refused to play the video for the song, though, claiming it was essentially a commercial for the product. Rapper Lil' B disagreed. "I didn’t know nobody [at] Vans," he said. "I was just a rapper who wore Vans." Even without MTV's support, Lil' B recognized the impact of the track. "God blessed me with such a revolutionary song… People around my age know who really started a lot of the dressing people are into now."

More Song Stories entries »