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30 July 2022

Hayley Williams Reveals British Influences On Paramore

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Hayley Williams has spoken of her love for British bands Foals, Bloc Party and The 1975 on the latest edition of her Everything Is Emo podcast.

Talking about Foals, The Paramore singer revealed, “I really respect this band’s journey and how they continue to evolve. I think it takes a lot of guts too. I think of every time we’ve gone home to write a new album, or we have an album in the can but haven’t presented it to the world, it’s a really scary feeling. It can be nerve-wracking to present yourself in a new way and essentially, grow in front of the world. Any time a band re-emerges with a new picture, a new frame of mind, I think it’s courageous and cool and I’m really enjoying their evolution.”

Hayley also spoke about the influence of Bloc Party on Paramore and even suggested that the British band had influenced her band’s new album, currently in the works. She went on, ““From day one, Bloc Party was the number one reference because there was such an urgency to their sound that was different to the fast punk or the pop punk or the like, loud wall of sound emo bands that were happening in the early 2000s.

“They had their own thing and it was so unique and so dynamic, and it really stuck with us. And I’m really really thankful for this band, I’m so thankful that they’re back, they’re playing shows they’re putting out great songs, and it just makes me feel even more excited to get back out into the world, and maybe cross paths with the band that has been a huge part of our story from day one.”

Talking about The 1975, Williams said: “What an influential band, a band that does whatever the hell they want to. Agaon, that’s really inspiring when you see other bands just following their own arrow. I love it.”

Elsewhere on the podcast she picked tracks by The Smiths, Arctic Monkeys and Wolf Alice, among others.

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