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Unintentional or not, it seems like a big two fingers up to their old band mates, who probably worried more about questions of ‘authenticity’ than the remaining line-up.
‘I’d look like a 14-year-old writing bullet points rebutting everything he said – it would have been immature and ridiculous for us to put the people who follow our band through that. A lot of people will believe that stuff but the people who like our music will still come to the shows.
It took a lot of restraint and a lot of faith.’ To add to the strain, the split came after achieving their greatest success – their third album, 2009’s Brand New Eyes, reached No.1 in Britain.
‘It took three weeks of talking and venting,’ says Williams. I said: “We’ve written a bit together before in the past, kind of, barely, and we can do this, it’s fine, let’s go for it…’” The resulting collection of songs, their self-titled fourth album, reached No.1 in Britain and the US in April and spawned top 20 single Still Into You – a mainstream pop number with a video that sees the trio monkeying around on bikes.
It’s a bit of a departure from their usual pop-punk sound. ‘We knew we’d have to convince some people but it’s been a very positive experience for us,’ she says. We’ve always been too rock for pop and too pop for rock.
‘When I go back home, the people I grew up with are having kids and getting married – it’s sometimes hard for me to go back because it’s still the same world and I’ve grown accustomed to seeing different places and new things.
If I’d stayed in a small town my whole life I’d have gone crazy.’ As she got older, her family moved to Franklin, 20 miles from Nashville, where she discovered the joys of punk. She was like: “No, you can’t have your hair like Brody from The Distillers, you can’t have a Mohawk…” But she let me go to gigs.’ Williams started singing in bands at 13 and, after doing a stint in a covers band singing Stevie Wonder songs, soon joined Paramore.
‘There were times I thought I’d have to get another job.
I’d written all the songs with Josh, I’d hardly written with anyone else, it was definitely scary.’ Hours of drinking tea in York’s kitchen ensued.
Williams issued a statement wishing them success before Farro posted his thoughts.Tags: Adult Dating, affair dating, sex dating