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Paramore Were Influenced By Alt-J For New Album

January 8, 2013 | Posted by Joseph Lee

In an interview with Absolute Punk, Paramore’s Hayley Williams revealed that they were influenced by Alt-J for their new album. Here are highlights:

On the new single “Now”: “To be honest, I was surprised that everyone – speaking of the label – was so ready to release “Now” first. It’s quite heavy compared to some of the other songs. The thing is anyone could have picked any of the songs as first single and I would’ve been alright with it. That’s unusual for me, personally. With past albums, I’ve had a really strong conviction about one particular song from each. For instance, the guys and I convinced a lot of people that “Misery Business” had to be our first single off RIOT! We just knew. That’s not to say that we don’t have strong feelings about “Now”… We just happen to have those strong feelings for every song on the album!”

On the influence of electronic music: “I’d be lying if I said we didn’t collectively listen to more electronic music during this process than ever before. I think it’s just because that genre is super hot right now. Even so, I wouldn’t say we sound like any of those bands. It sounds more like someone let us loose in a blow up castle full of instruments and we just bounced around it in for a few days with… purpose? Taylor was listening to Alt-J a lot, I was listening to that Sirius XM channel called “1st Wave” every day just getting my gothy vibes on in the car, and Jeremy keeps us well versed in new hip-hop. No dubstep was jammed in the making of this album.”

More details about the album: “This is the longest album we’ve ever recorded. I’m proud of that. To be honest, when we started writing it, even completing 5 songs seemed like an impossibility! As for titles, I’m not sure why we still haven’t released the track listing, but I should probably wait for that before I go ruining surprises like I always do!”

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