Paramore's 'Writing the Future' tour comes to Borgata Friday
Life in Paramore couldn’t be much better than it is now. The group is following a major tour of outdoor amphitheaters last summer with Fall Out Boy with a headlining tour this spring.
Meanwhile, the group — which already has had a platinum album (“2007’s “Riot!”) and a gold album (2009’s “Brand New Eyes”) — has seen its latest album, a 2013 self-titled effort, top the Billboard magazine album chart and “Ain’t It Fun” has become its biggest single to date. The song topped both the Hot Rock Songs and Adult Top 40 charts. A previous single, “Still Into You,” went Top 10 on Billboard’s Mainstream Top 40 and Hot Rock Songs charts.
Less than a year after the summer tour with Fall Out Boy, Paramore will stop in Atlantic City 9 p.m. Friday, May 8, at Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa for their “Writing the Future” tour.
“Everyone seems to be pretty excited about what’s going on with Paramore and that makes us feel awesome,” says Paramore singer Hayley Williams during a teleconference interview.
The success of the self-titled album is more than enough reason to savor the moment as it is. But Williams’ feelings are even more understandable, considering the events that preceded the album.
In December 2010, guitarist Josh Farro and his brother drummer Zac Farro, quit the band, throwing the group’s future into question. While the remaining trio of Williams, guitarist Taylor York and bassist Jeremy Davis quickly made it clear that Paramore would continue, Josh Farro had been Williams’ main songwriting collaborator.
Clearly, there was a void to fill in the creative engine of the group and the remaining trio was going to have to find a way to reinvent itself as a band.
The not-so-easy process began with realizing that the trio needed to reconnect as friends before anything else could happen.
“That alone, before we even got to writing music, that took time,” Williams says. “And it took us making a really valiant effort to get to know one another again as people. So Jeremy and Taylor and I would hang out, usually at Jeremy’s house, because he lives way out in the country. And we would just kind of, like, watch tons of movies or cook a meal. I remember one day there was a crazy snowstorm and Jeremy’s friends built this couch sled and we spent the whole day sledding down this massive hill on a couch, which was wild. It was important for that stuff to happen before we got into a studio.”
Along with bonding as friends, the trio also decided to do a couple of tours — that included guitarists Jon Howard and Justin York and drummer Josh Freese filling out the lineup — before getting to work on the self-titled album. The songs didn’t just start pouring out.
“I remember going over to Taylor’s house, which he has a little studio in his place, a few times where there was just no electricity,”Williams says. “There were a lot of times where Taylor and I would leave really discouraged. Then it happened. Once the first song sort of came out — I think the first song we finished was called ‘Proof,’ which made it to the record — that was the spark that we needed. And they kept rolling out.”
In writing for the album “Paramore,” the band made a key decision not to be defined by the punky, pop-rock of its earlier CDs or any outside expectations for how a Paramore album should sound.
“Ain’t It Fun” may be the best example of the group’s willingness to explore new territory. The rocker has a strong bit of funk to go with its bouncy melody. But there’s also poppier slant to “Daydreaming” and “Grow Up,” and a pensive quality to “Last Hope.”
“I actually feel like we redefined ourselves in the sense that there aren’t as many, what’s the word, it’s not as narrow of a path,” Williams says. “I feel like we’ve broadened our horizons a little bit. We’ve broken through whatever feeling was there before and we’ve kind of discovered that we don’t have to be or meet anyone’s expectations.”
The continued success Paramore is having is creating one complication when it comes to the group’s live show. Choosing a setlist is becoming a challenge.
“It’s crazy when you get into a place where you’re having to fit so many songs into a certain amount of minutes and you’re thinking, like, how are we going to play, first of all, all of the singles, (and) how are we going to play all of the songs that please all of our old-school fans?” she says. “I think it’s going to be really exciting for whatever kind of Paramore fans might be at the show. I feel like we’re hopefully going to make all of them happy.”
Source: Press of Atlantic City