09 Mar 2013

Live Journal päivitys

Paramore on päivittänyt Live Journal tunnustaan uudella blogimerkinnällä. Löydät alkuperäisen version täältä.

Hard decisions

It’s so tough trying to pick what lyrics from what song to share with you guys next. I can’t tell if it’s more of a tease for you or for me. It might seem like a well though-out plan, all these “strategically” posted blog updates… but seriously… I’m sitting around in my sweatpants, a little bit bored (and thankful for it!), with a face mask on (God forbid my skin NOT freak out after all those plane rides!), trying to make the time between now and April 9th (4th album!) magically disappear. I’m thinking about doing jump rope for 20 minutes when I’m done with this post just to make myself feel like I was a little bit productive today. Needless to say, these blogs have served as a nice placeholder for me. They’ve quelled my anxiety, or at least kept it at bay. Look, I just really want you guys to hear the album!!

Here’s the thing, life at home with all this comfort and time to spare is really not what I consider to be “normal life”. For me, normal is a day sheet being shoved under a hotel room door with a detailed outline of how the following 24 hours is going to play out. Normal is waking up in a different bed, a different city, peeing in a toilet on a plane at an altitude of 30,000 ft in the sky… over all of you… think about that. Don’t think about that. All I’m saying is, for the three of us, life is usually moving so fast that when we stop for a few moments it’s like the worst case of whiplash you’ve ever experienced.

My first real dose of reality came when the guys and I were moving out the Los Angeles to make the album. I flew out a few weeks earlier just to feel some kind of movement and get my head in a new space. Then after getting exactly what I wanted, I spent the next few weeks throwing silent tantrums… just wishing for a little familiarity or comfort that reminded me of home. Isn’t that how it always goes?! The grass is just always greener, I suppose. We’re wanting summer when it’s winter, winter when it’s not… but sometimes what we really need is just to struggle and strain and feel the growing pains.

And somehow, through all this rambling, I’ve decided to share some lyrics from the new album that have to do with this very subject matter. “Ain’t It Fun” has everything to do with accepting at some point in your life that the world is not your very own Truman Show. The people who walk passed you on the street aren’t extras in your movie. This is the real world. This is where everyone’s looking out for him or herself… and just trying to get through each day and say they did alright! To make it clear, this song is a letter to myself! We all need a kick in the ass sometimes. Since, I had no one around me to tell me to stop feeling sorry for myself, I had to figure out a way to do it on my own. If you haven’t figured out how to do that quite yet then maybe you’ll get the butt-kicking you need from “Ain’t It Fun”.

Ps, this is one of the songs that I’m most excited for everyone to hear Taylor and Jeremy’s parts for. The music is completely nuts. So many parts and layers and melodies. For anyone who’s every been interested in hearing mine and Jeremy’s old funk covers band, this isn’t too far off.

“So what are you gonna do when the world don’t orbit around you?

Ain’t it fun living in the real world?
Ain’t it good being all alone?
Ain’t it good to be on your own, ain’t it fun you can’t count on no one…
Ain’t it fun?
Living in the real world.”

26 Feb 2013

Uusi blogipäivitys!

Hayley päivitti bändin virallista LiveJournal-blogia. Päivityksessä paljastetaan pätkä uudella albumilla julkaistavan “Part ll”-kappaleen lyriikoita! Voit lukea koko blogipäivityksen alapuolelta tai alkuperäisenä täältä!

Why did I not pack my computer for this trip?

I’m on an iPad mini. It’s ridiculously difficult to type on this thing so you’ll have to forgive me if this ends up being short or I misspell everything… I just wanted to share a lyric from a new song called “Part ll” with you guys since we’ve played it for a few people here in Sydney and the word is out! For years now, “Let The Flames Begin” has been a favorite of ours to play live, as well as being a favorite of most people who come out to our shows…. We wanted it to have a sequel. “Part ll” is it!

We played 5 songs for people tonight and although I’m not gonna share lyrics from all 5 just yet, I am gonna post a few lines like I said tonight. Aaand I’ll post some lines from a couple others over the next week while we’re still out here down under.

I chose to share these chorus lyrics first because there are a couple similar themes to “Now” throughout this one… I feel like we are still in the first chapter of a whole new story. And while a lot of this story involves redemption and having fought what seemed like an endless fight (within ourselves), it will only make coming out alive on the other end that much sweeter. There is so much brightness and joy to come from other songs on the rest of the album. I like the contrast that the shadows cast. It was all our dark moments, ones that inspired songs like “Part ll” and “Now”, which actually made us more appreciative of the ease and happiness in our new found hope. So take heart if you’re seemingly stuck under a rain cloud… You won’t always have to fight so hard to stay dry. Relish this moment too… You might find some strength in that surrender. Or you might just do what we did and write a song.

(Tonight meant so much to us. Finally sharing some of this album with anybody outside the media was such a treat and quite honestly a huge relief! Thanks to those who won tickets for being so cool and for genuinely being excited about a fully renewed Paramore.)


“Dancing all alone
To the sound of an enemy’s song
I’ll be lost until you find me…
Fighting on my own
In a war that’s already been won
I’ll be lost until you come and find me here, oh glory.”

30 Jan 2013

Uusi blogimerkintä

Hayley päivitti Paramoren Tumblria uudella postauksella, jonka hän myös laittoi bändin LiveJournaliin. Hayley kirjoittaa muun muassa uudesta levystä ja kertoo, että sitä on vaikea kuvailla, koska se sisältää niin monia erilaisia soundeja.


The last couple weeks have been so. intense. In the best way, though. We’ve been flying around everywhere telling everyone about the new album and honestly, it’s been such a relief. I’m just thankful we got here. Do you know what I’m talking about?

It’s been a few years. I don’t think I realized how long it’s actually been since we’ve put something new out there. Made ourselves 100% vulnerable again and handed the world another magnifying glass to look back into our lives. Intensity. But it’s about time! If there’s anything that I learned over the last couple of years it’s that there isn’t a doubt in my heart that this is what we are designed to do. Make music and connect to other people’s lives through whatever opportunities that music allows. It feels like we have a whole new chance. The 3 of us are so excited to take full advantage of this chance and all the possibilities that we’re given. So yeah, it’s already been intense but I’m down for whatever!

Our first real single in agggggesssss came out last week. If you don’t know about it… well, it’s called “Now”. I like it a lot. Seems like we were waiting for so long to get it out there and now that it is, we’re just itching to put the whole album out. There’s no way to tell you what our album is like in words… I can’t describe the sound because there are A LOT of sounds. And though we really hope you’ll go buy the single, “Now” alone won’t even really explain what the entire album is about or what it all sounds like. Guess you’re just going to have to come along for the ride! And if you’re willing… we thank you from the bottom of our hearts.

Rehearsals later this week and a whole lot more interviews/photoshoots/and all the ridiculousness that is just a means to get to the shows ;) We’ll keep you posted!


31 Dec 2012

Uusi LJ-postaus

Hayley kirjoitti uuden LiveJournal postauksen tänään, liittyen enemmän häneen itseensä bändin kuulumisien sijaan.

is this thing still on?

hey guys, sorry to leave everyone hanging for so long.

going to keep this short because we actually have a few things coming up and i don’t want to talk too much before just getting some other stuff out there. (could i be any more vague? no…)

all i want to say is that… it’s been nice having alone time. it’s been nice getting to know who i am outside of the band. basically, in the last year i’ve become a big time loner, for better or for worse. saw a crap ton of movies and went to some amazing shows. watched a lot of tv, from my couch, all alone. wrote a lot of lyrics that hopefully you will soon be singing. i hope that i’ve grown up a lot this year. though, growing up has nothing to do with knowing it all… and i certainly feel like there is much more to learn about living with myself.

i’m not exactly sure what next year is going to be like but i hope that you all know that most days the most genuine thing we see or experience will be you. the conversations we might have or the smiles we exchange at a show, tears, letters you’ve written… thank you in advance for whatever is going to happen. i can’t stress this enough: we couldn’t care less if it’s a million hundred bajillion albums sold or if it’s none and we play first on every bill for the rest of forever. you will still be the thing that is real about all of it. the joy and the drive behind it… besides the fact that we just love music… is you. in fact, it feels like the past 2 years of working to get here has all been a journey mixed with some growing pains just to get to you.

2013 here we come!


08 Nov 2012

Uusi blogimerkintä

Hayley päivitti eilen bändin Tumblria uudella blogimerkinnällä. Päivityksessä kerrotaan esimerkiksi, että Ken Andrews (soittanut bändeissä Failure/Year of the Rabbit/ON) tulee avustamaan bändiä albumin miksauksessa. Alkuperäisen blogimerkinnän löydät täältä.

One week.

One week that I hardly even remember since we finished the record. I use the term “finished” lightly because even while I’m typing all this I’m listening to an unfinished mix of one of the new songs. The guys and I still have approvals of all those to go through, album art, masters… is this boring to read yet?

Well, at least let me tell you this before we all from excitement over here. We have the extreme pleasure of working with yet another of our heroes on our 4th album… as if this process wasn’t already unbelievable… Ken Andrews of Failure/Year of the Rabbit/ON (some of our biggest inspirations/influences as a band) is mixing this album for us! Between Ken, JMJ, and Roger Manning, Jr. we are sort of in a musical daze. The amount of talent that is going into what we’re a part of right now is awe-inspiring for us as music fans. As a band, it’s humbling. If you’re not familiar with any of these guys’ past work, please do yourself the grand favor of using The Google to research and discover what each of them have created respectively. And if you’re interested in hearing an album that truly gave Paramore a beginning… then buy a copy of Failure’s ‘Fantastic Planet’.

And if you’re bored now then there is simply no hope for the future.

So what now? Basically, we’ll be “off” and “on” for the next little while putting together all the pieces that will (hopefully) be in your very hands before you know it. Just thinking about it makes me dizzy. In the greatest way possible. Like first kiss, first show, first time seeing the Cheesecake Factory menu… that kind of dizzy. It’s been, what, 3 years since we put out an album? Life at home, alone with my thoughts is cool and all but it feels like my brain is swelling up inside my head. I think I need to do something besides cooking healthy meals and fixing up Martha Stewart paper-craft decor for each holiday season. Blahhh domestication. (Let’s get this show on the road please!!)

– hayley