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Paramore Namecheck Alt-J As Key Influence On New Album

Written by Mike Hohnen on 9th January, 2013

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As they gear up for the release of their forth full-length album, Paramore continue to drip feed updates to fans on the record. This time round, Hayley Williams has discussed influences in an interview with Absolute Punk (Via NME) namechecking Alt-J as a major influence.

According to the frontwoman, it was guitarist Taylor York who fell head first for the Barclaycard Mercury Music Prize winners: “Taylor was listening to Alt-J a lot, I was listening to that Sirius XM channel called 1st Wave, every day just getting my Gothy vibes on in the car, and Jeremy (Davis, bassist) keeps us well-versed in new hip-hop.”

It appears that even high atop Mount Paramore you can’t escape the current hype surrounding both Alt-J, and their very popular sound, with Williams adding, “I’d be lying if I said we didn’t collectively listen to more electronic music during this process than ever before. I think it’s just because that genre is super hot right now.”

But fear not, my fellow Paramore fans, we don’t have a half-baked punk pop album riddled with electronic pulses. As Williams explains, it was simply inspiration rather than direction, “Even so, I wouldn’t say we sound like any of those bands. It sounds more like someone let us loose in a blow up castle full of instruments and we just bounced around it in for a few days.”

“No dubstep was jammed in the making of this album,” Williams concludes. Thank Christ.

You will be able to get your hands on a copy of the self-titled album come April 29th, with the first single Now hitting airwaves January 22nd.

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