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Hayley Williams: “Paramore Can’t Be “On A Break” Forever Now Can We?”

Jack Rogers
Jack Rogers 29 November 2021 at 13.36

"I love y’all. See you sometime next year?"

Hayley Williams has just released a deluxe version of her two solo records 'Petals For Armor' and 'Vases For Flowers/ descansos' on vinyl.

Alongside the records, there is a special booklet full of unreleased photos and personal looks at the last couple of years of her creative space. 

And in a message to fans that comes with the collection, there is a hint at 2022 being the year that Paramore make their return.

The band released their last album 'After Laughter' back in 2017, before taking a break in 2018.

You can read it in full below:

"The last few years went by so fast and yeah they were so full. When the band decided to come home in 2018 for an extended break, I really thought I’d just be home recharging. Maybe I’d travel for fun instead of work. Definitely, I’d spend a lot of time with family, catching up on whatever I thought “normalcy” felt like. I did not anticipate all the therapy, the deep emotion purging, the neck aches and the chiropractic appointments (ha) and the world-changing in ways that left a lot of us with whiplash (and then even more chiropractic appointments)… little glimmers of hope and then nothing but grief. A little more hope. Followed by some more grief. On and on and on.

In the thick of it, I wrote. Enough to make up 2 solo albums. The kind of albums I swore I’d never make! Because how dare anyone, most of all me, think for a second that my loyalty to Paramore had dwindled. The guys were by my side nearly the entire process. If not actually working on the project with me then cheering me on. I even for to write with a few friends out of - but very much connected to - Paramore, who taught me so much and gave me so much to be inspired by. Petal would likely not even exist if not for Joey Howard, his bass guitar and a drum machine!!

I’m so thankful for this experience. I got to (very literally) dance with demons I’d been too afraid to even acknowledge before. This deluxe edition of Petal For Armor + Flowers For Vases/descansos is a summary of all the lessons and beautiful moments I don’t ever want to forget in one place. The booklet is full of unreleased photos taken by my trusted friend and creative ally, Lindsey Byrnes. The journal entries span the last couple o years, and with just a couple bits from decade old journals, I finally had the time to dig through during quarantine.

Before I go, thank y’all so much for the incredible support these last couple years. I know we didn’t get to properly come together to sing and vent and sweat it all out… but I do think that Petals and descansos lived exactly the lives they were meant to. Besides, Paramore can’t be “on a break” forever now can we?

I love y’all. See you sometime next year?



If you fancy picking up a copy of the deluxe version, you can do that right HERE

And here's 'Simmer', the song that kicked it all off:

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