When Paramore announced dates for their Writing the Future Tour in January, they made it clear this run of shows wasn't just a tour, but "a celebration" of the success they found with their Grammy-winning self-titled album. But that doesn't mean they're slacking on the pre-show preparations.
"We're driving to rehearsals right now in Jeremy [Davis'] Jeep!" frontwoman Hayley Williams says, laughing. "We're a band that needs rehearsal, after all. We can't just show up."
Still, the sentiment behind the "Future" trek – which kicks off April 27th in Augusta, Georgia – is clear. This is both a thank you to the fans that stuck with Paramore through the dramatic departure of two founding members and a victory lap for everything that came after: a Number One debut for their 2013 self-titled album, two platinum-selling singles and the band's first-ever Grammy Award, for Best Rock Song.
"Hell yeah, it does feel like [a victory lap]," says Williams. "We never in a million years thought we would win a Grammy, or any of the other crazy things that happened along the way. So we're thinking of each show as an event, as a way to celebrate our relationship with fans, to celebrate the album and to celebrate the past two years of this band."
Hence the rehearsals. Williams also says these shows will focus as much on the past as the present, relying on older songs to close the book on Paramore's most successful period.
"When we were making the album, we had that song 'Future,' the last track on the record – it brought in some of our earliest influences, made us feel like we were back in Jeremy's living room," she says. "It brought us full circle. Then fast-forward two years, and we did the Parahoy! cruise, and night number two was like the most intimate that a Paramore show has felt in years. The first night we purposely put a lot of singles in the set, and we wanted to second night to feel like we were weaving in and out of all the albums, playing songs that fans haven't heard in a long time.
"So we always wanted to bring that vibe to a theater setting," she continues. "No matter all the amazing things that happened with this album, we're still a band; we still have the same influences and there's still a feeling that we never want to go away. So it's sort of our way of digging back into that, hoping that our fans new and old will want to go back with us."
And while Paramore won't be using the "Future" shows to test new material – "We haven't even discussed covers yet," Williams says. "I was just thinking this morning, 'I wonder what we should do?'" – they are hoping the momentum will carry them into their next chapter: writing the follow-up to their self-titled album.
"We needed some time off after Monumentour, to process everything that we were able to do, but also a lot of amazing personal things happened as well," Williams says. "Now we're so ready to get on the road, to be with our fans. That's going to light a fire under our asses to get into what we're going to do next. I can just feel it. And that's exciting."