Hayley Williams has revealed that Paramore’s upcoming album is influenced by Bloc Party.
Talking about her Everything Is Emo podcast began Williams praising Bloc Party’s 2005 record “Silent Alarm.”
“We loved this band, me and all my friends, we really loved that album and it always reminds me of getting my driver’s license. I paid my mom the money I got from a publishing advance we got from our first album to buy the rest of the car bills she had for this old Mazda 626. I believe I paid $3000, I named her Miss Anne , I covered her in stickers. Bloc Party’s ‘Silent Alarm’ was always on in the car. It was a favorite and there really isn’t a bad song on it.”
later in the episodeWilliams revealed that Paramore has been writing new music over the past 18 months and that Bloc Party has been a constant influence.
“From day one, Bloc Party was the number one reference because their sound was so urgent that it was different from the fast punk or the pop punk or something like that, loud wall of sound emo bands that happened in the early 2000s,” she said.
“They had their own thing and it was so unique and so dynamic, and it really stuck with us. And I’m really thankful for this band, I’m so thankful they’re back, they play shows, they put out great songs, and it makes me even more excited to go back to the world, and maybe cross paths with the band that has been a big part of our story from day one,” she added.
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At the start of the year, it was revealed that Paramore was working in the studio on a guitar-heavy follow-up to 2017’s ‘After Laughter’. “The music we first got excited about wasn’t exactly the kind of music we were going to make,” said Williams. “Our output has always been everywhere and this project is no different.”
Elsewhere in the UK-focused episode of Everything Is EmoWilliams called Wolf Alice “one of the brightest stars to come out of the UK”, saying Arctic Monkeys are an emo band and also “Sheffield’s best export – sorry Jarvis Cocker”.
Of The 1975 Williams said: “What an influential band, a band that does what they want. Agaon, that’s really inspiring when you see other bands following their own arrow. I love it.”
She then praised Foals’ growth over the years. “I really respect this band’s journey and how they continue to develop. I think it also takes a lot of guts. I think about every time we’ve gone home to write a new album, or if we have an album in the can but haven’t presented it to the world, that’s a really scary feeling. It can be nerve-wracking to present yourself in a new way and essentially grow for the world. Every time a band resurfaces with a new image, a new frame of mind, I think it’s brave and cool and I really enjoy their evolution.
While no details on Paramore’s sixth album have been announced, the band has confirmed a North American headline tour for later this year.
The band later revealed that US$1 from every ticket sold for the upcoming shows will be donated to three organizations: ARC Southeast, Kansas Abortion Fund and Women’s Shelters Canada.