Paramore's Hayley Williams looks back on the creation of the band's After Laughter album on Instagram, where she shared a few notes following its release last month. The singer touches on the return of drummer Zac Farro and extends her love to guitarist Taylor York, music journalists and the dedicated fans.
"A year ago we sat with the label and said we wanted the album launch to look different than anything we'd done in the past. Less focused on sell, sell, sell...and more about friendship and art and our own enjoyment of the process. We have to remain inspired and care for ourselves a unit, as individuals, and as a part of a larger creative community that we are thankful to be a part of. Setting these songs free was harder for Taylor & I this time than it was the last time around. It also felt more surreal because Zac was once again part of the celebration and that's still something I pinch myself over. Now that After Laughter belongs to more people than just us, I feel like I just need to express how incredible it feels to have people accept it for all that it is."
After Laughter, the band's fifth album, was released on May 12 and features refreshingly poppy tunes (which some diehard fans dismissed) like "Hard Times," "Told You So" and "Ain't It Fun." They are supporting the new record with the return of their third Parahoy! Festival cruise. The event sets sail for four days from April 6-10, 2018 from from Miami to Nassau, Bahamas. The band is also heading on tour with Best Coast beginning Sept. 6.
Next, go back in time and watch a baby Paramore talk about their first band meeting in this 2007 clip: