Paramore have posted an update on their progress in recording their fourth studio album.
The band recently revealed that Beck/Nine Inch Nails bassist Justin Meldal-Johnsen will be producing their new record, with singer Hayley Williams adding that they have so far recorded and completed one track, which is titled ‘Daydreaming’.
Answering questions posted by a fan on Buzznet, the singer spoke about working with Meldal-Johnsen and described working with him as “easily the most inspired and liberating experience we’ve had in the studio so far.”
Speaking about working with Johnsen, Williams said: “At this point, we have recorded one song with Justin. That time in the studio was easily the most relaxed, inspired, and liberating experiences we have had in any studio thus far. We are huge fans of his work not only as a producer but as a musician, writer and musical director. He wears all those hats well and with a lot of humility.”
Williams also spoke about her lyrical inspiration for the new record, adding: “I am laughing things off a lot more easily these days than I was at 19, when I wrote the last album. Even the songs with the more serious subject matter feel less toiled and troubled. Musically, I am most inspired by the personality captured in every instrument. That, to me, is actually what is making up this newer sound that is happening.”
The singer also revealed that she is loving recent NME cover stars Alabama Shakes and named them as a “grittier version of motown”. She said of this: “My love for music stemmed from old Motown artists like The Temptations. Right now, I’m loving Alabama Shakes because they’ve got those vibes but it’s grittier. So great.”
Paramore will return to the UK to play Reading and Leeds Festivals in August and will also play two gigs in Belfast and Edinburgh in the days before. The pop punkers will headline the Belsonic 2012 event in Custom House Square in Belfast on August 19 and play Edinburgh’s Corn Exchange Centre on August 21.
The shows in Edinburgh and Belfast will be the band’s first UK show since the departure of founding members Josh and Zac Farro, and could see the Nashville pop punkers previewing material from their as yet untitled fourth album.