Hayley Williams hints next Paramore album will be "hard rock" not pop

5 March 2020, 15:08 | Updated: 5 March 2020, 15:58

By Sam Prance

Hayley Williams opened up about Paramore, Petals for Armor and her personal life in an interview with The New York Times.

Hayley Williams has already begun teasing the sound of the next Paramore album and it's good news for fans of rock music.

Earlier this year, Hayley Williams confirmed that Paramore will release new music again after she puts out her upcoming solo album Petals for Armor. Discussing Paramore music on the radio, Hayley teased: "I do believe when it’s time for us to make the next Paramore record there will be just as transparent lyrics and hopefully really visceral feelings that come across."

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Now, Hayley's hinted at what we can expect from Paramore next and it looks like it will be very different to After Laughter.

Hayley Williams hints Paramore's next album will be more rock than pop
Hayley Williams hints Paramore's next album will be more rock than pop. Picture: Bonnie Biess/Getty Images, Heidi Gutman/Walt Disney Television via Getty Images

Talking to The New York Times about Paramore, Hayley teased: "This now feels like a beginning. Whereas honestly, months before we released After Laughter, it felt like an ending." She then explained that After Laughter was more pop because the band were "tired of headbanging". Hayley said: "Our necks hurt." However, now they're ready to return to "hard rock".

During the interview, Hayley also revealed that she quit Paramore "privately" in 2015. She stated that it was "the worst year. And I’m pretty sure we won a Grammy that year". Hayley then went on to say that, in spite of her releasing solo music, the band is closer now than they've ever been. She added: "I realized that you can’t kill it. It’s in our blood."

In other words, it looks like Hayley, Taylor York and Zac Farro are never officially breaking up. Also, while there are elements of pop in Hayley's new solo music, it's definitely much more similar to Paramore's early work than After Laughter. If Petals for Armor is anything to go buy, the next Paramore album will be as rock-centric as Hayley suggests.

Are you excited for the next Paramore album?