A Paramore article made me cry... again :(
A little mini/delayed Weekly Update, and thoughts about music writing
This is basically this last week’s stand-in for the Weekly Roundup. I missed it on Friday because I’ve been swamped at work. It’s a terrifying time to have your paycheck come from the tech industry (search “tech layoffs” if you don’t know what I’m talking about) and unfortunately it’s more crucial than ever for me to keep showing my value at my job so I make sure I don’t end up in the same boat. And lately that means working past 5 and cutting into my writing time. All that to say, I can’t express how grateful I am that y’all are still here, willing to read what I have to say about my favorite band when I do have a minute to sit down and type. Thank you, thank you, thank you.
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Paramore’s Billboard feature made me cry… lol
This last week’s big Paramore news is the band’s Billboard digital cover + feature!! It’s honestly my favorite piece that’s come out about them so far this album cycle - and Laura Snapes’ Guardian piece was going to be hard to beat, for me. But this one made me cry :’)
Do give it a read! It’s not too long and is beginner-friendly. (And the photo shoot is STUNNING.)
Oh, you wanna know the part that made me cry? Okay, fine.
There’s a portion of the article that talks about the band’s reluctance to be seen as the face of emo nostalgia, because they weren’t always treated right by the scene. However, they’ve made peace with it on the grounds of connection. Hayley said this about When We Were Young Fest:
“It felt like justification to be able to have the mic and to be one of the last bands that played,” she continues. “We hung out with My Chem a few minutes before we went on [on] the last weekend, and I think they feel very similarly about how they were received. And what it comes down to is that the fans are the ones with the power because otherwise, us and My Chem wouldn’t have been headlining that thing. And I think that’s beautiful.”
And then, immediately after, this quote from Zac:
“It’s kind of like people see us like [The] Princess Diaries,” Farro explains. “They didn’t see the beauty, but we threw off the glasses.”
If you know me, you know that The Princess Diaries is………..my favorite movie.
I know it’s cheesy. But it felt like a sign.
Paramore’s album release show is in two weeks. (Which, by the way, I impulse-bought tickets to………lol.) The world’s relationship to this band is about to drastically change, and I have known that for a long time. The era of me feeling like I have them to myself is coming to an end, for better or worse.
I’ve never stuck with a project this long, or stuck my neck out so far. Not gonna lie, I’ve felt lost the past week. But this interview re-lit the fire. It’s about a book, and it’s about more than a book. It’s about showing my teenage self, the one who posted music reviews on Tumblr and wanted to work for Rolling Stone, that I don’t think she’s stupid. That I now know she’s the one who’s never left my side. That I believe she chose the right favorite band.
I HAVE to keep going, keep writing, keep digging down deeper to find those memories and those stories and that motivation to keep drinking coffee and staring at my Google docs in the evenings after work.
This is MY band, my writing lane, my story. (And, if you’ve ever loved Paramore, it’s yours, too.) Thanks for reading - stay tuned.
Katie from Paramore*
*Hayley had/has “Hayley from Paramore” as her name on social media so a lot of fan accounts (I guess now including me) do it too
How many days til This Is Why comes out? I’m glad you asked: