When Paramore played the nostalgia-fueled music festival When we were young last October, which Billboard pointed out, Williams told the audience that the stage had not always been a safe place “if you were different, if you were a young woman, if you were a person of color, if you were queer. And it’s really fucked up if you think over it, because this is supposed to be the safe place, right?”
“We don’t want to be a nostalgia band,” says William Billboard now. “But I think what I felt was a mixture of vindication and also a lot of anger. I was really surprised that I had so much anger in me because I was like, ‘Wait a minute. They treat us like a prize now.”
She adds, “But like, Fat Mike used to tell people that I gave good rim jobs on stage when I was 19 years old. I don’t think that’s punk. I don’t think that’s the essence of punk. And I feel strongly. that without young women, people of color and also the queer community, I just think we’d still be where we were then.”
Here in the present, the Paramore figurehead explained how she feels the significance of the scene lies in the fans who made the music such a movement in the first place.
“Everybody’s just trying to remember better days, and I’m sitting there going, ‘They weren’t that much better,'” Williams says. “It felt like vindication to be able to have the mic and be one of the last bands to play.”
She continues, “We hung out with My Chem[ical Romance] a few minutes before we went on the last weekend and I think they feel very similar about how they were received. What it comes down to is that the fans are the ones with the power, because otherwise us and My Chem wouldn’t have been headlining that thing. And I think that’s beautiful.”
You can read the full depth Billboard feature on Paramorewhich delves into the band’s process of making their new album, growing up together in the spotlight and more.
When we were young 2023 takes place here in October. Paramore sixth album, This is why, arriving Feb. 10. Get Paramore concert tickets here. NOFX released recently Double album and will start their “Final trip” later this year. Listen to both bands’ latest singles below.