Hayley Williams had to overcome writer's block

Hayley Williams had writer's block for two months when writing the latest Paramore album, and needed time out to recharge her batteries


This article is from 2013.

Hayley Williams

Hayley Williams

Hayley Williams had writer's block for two months when making Paramore's latest album.

The 'Now' band released their self-titled fourth record this week, and lead singer Hayley admits the pressure of coming up with ideas for songs got to her, and she had to take time out.

She said: "I was in this crazy depression about [the album]. I moved out of my house into my mom's apartment because I didn't want to be by myself.

"But at the same time, we had not taken any time off since I was 16. We weren't used to waking up in our own beds every day and doing nothing, or maybe doing the same thing every day.

"It was the wildest time of my life, and it was also the most boring time of my life.

"I needed to sit back and just waste away for a minute in order to get to know myself. That, in the end, is what helped make the record so exciting.

"I wasn't writing about life on tour or what it's like to be in a famous band. I hate it when people write about that stuff, because that's not relatable."

Hayley, 24, and bandmates guitarist Taylor York, 23, and bassist Jeremy Davis, 28, selected little known producer Justin Meldal-Johnson to produce the album, and said they benefitted from having a new set of ears listening to their tracks.

Hayley added to Entertainment Weekly magazine: "He had this cool underdog factor to him, and we really loved that. Everything about working with Justin felt exciting and fresh, and he seemed to believe more in what we could do in the future than the things we had already done in our past."

Paramore's self-titled album is out now.


Though Paramore were only formed six years ago they have already gained a huge fan base and international media attention after releasing their debut album All We Know Is Falling in 2005. Their second album Riot! released in 2007 went platinum in the US and gold in the UK, Ireland and New Zealand and sold two million…

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