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Paramore's Hayley Williams talks Twitter, Gwen Stefani and kittens on YouTube


So far, Gwen Stefani hasn’t taken Hayley Williams out for ice cream. Or shared her secrets of the music industry. Or helped Williams start a clothing line.

"The tour has just barely started," Williams said by e-mail recently. "No one is really in hang mode yet. Once we get in the groove of things I’m sure there will be more talks and hang sessions."

That would make sense. Because as the singers of one of the most popular female-fronted rock groups of the past 20 years (No Doubt) and one of the most popular female-fronted rock groups of, well, today (Paramore), Stefani and Williams would probably have plenty to talk about.

Paramore has certainly enjoyed No Doubt-like success over the past two years. The four-piece outfit from Franklin, Tenn., scored big in 2007 with the platinum-selling Riot!, which spawned the hit singles Misery Business, Crushcrushcrush and That’s What You Get, and led to a Best New Artist Grammy nomination.

Paramore is preparing a new album for release in September, and have been playing some new songs on this tour. "Our fans seem to like them," Williams said, "which is an awesome sign."

No Doubt, Paramore and the Sounds play at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Ford Amphitheatre in Tampa. Tickets are $10-$80.

Soundcheck recently swapped e-mails with Williams to get her thoughts on the No Doubt tour, not to mention Paramore’s early days on Fueled By Ramen and the weirdest thing she’s ever Tweeted.

Paramore was initially signed by Fueled By Ramen, which used to be based in Tampa, and still has an office here. Back in the day, how did John Janick and Vinnie Fiorello (who’s no longer with FBR) influence All We Know Is Falling and Riot!

Janick and FBR have always been a great influence on us as a band. We love being a part of their family. I think if anything they have always realized how important our fan base is to us. We’ve never been pressured to do anything that would jeopardize what we built and we appreciate that.

I remember Paramore playing smaller shows in Tampa and St. Pete years ago. What, if anything, do you remember about your early shows in Florida?

I was really nervous. Back then we were playing acoustic because Jeremy (Davis) quit and we had no bass player. So I would play rhythm guitar to fill out the sound. I never like playing guitar on stage ... I’d much rather be running around and acting a fool. So, that aspect of it always made me a little anxious. The shows were great though. I think back on them a lot. They were intimate and a lot of fun.

I see you’ve joined the Twitter brigade (@yelyahwilliams). What’s the weirdest thing you’ve Tweeted?

"okay. he’s touching the bear poop. with finesse. now i’m pissed". I was tweeting about the Grizzly Man movie that Jeremy and I watched on the bus.

One of the people you’re following on Twitter is Weird Al Yankovic. Why Weird Al?

Weird Al was one of the options they gave you on the front page. I decided that he was a good choice.

Were you fans of No Doubt growing up? Are they fans of yours? What do you dig about their music?

I’m definitely a No Doubt fan. I’m not sure how much of our music they know but they have said they like us. I need no further explanation than that! There’s no one thing to like about them. They all bring so much to the table ... I really enjoy their individual styles.

Did you ever go through a ska phase in the ’90s, or was that a little before your time?

The whole ska thing was just barely before my time but I still managed to get into Reel Big Fish, The Impossibles and older No Doubt at a certain point. Josh (Farro, guitar) really loved The Mighty Mighty Bosstones.

No Doubt is one of the bigger female-fronted rock acts of the past 25 years. Who are some women in rock you look up to?

I don’t have a lot of female role models. Gwen Stefani is definitely someone to look up to ... but growing up I just didn’t see any famous women and think, "I want to be like that!" Although, I did really like TLC.

Are you already tired of these questions? I mean, a ton of people have already made the obvious No Doubt-Paramore parallels, and the central theme seems to be, "Their singer is a woman." Does that bum you out?

It’s a shallow comparison but nothing that I thought we’d avoid. It’s a given and I’m okay with that. After all, a No Doubt comparison is one of the best.

Bonus: Lightning round! Right now, at this moment, what’s your current hair color — brand and shade?

My hair is two different shades of reddish orange piled right on top of each other.

I assume you’re answering these questions on a computer, right? Can you share three of your bookmarks?

1. All 5 Spice Girl Dolls unopened! -- Craigslist.


3. schoolgirl rockabilly 50’s dress - eBay.

Tenacious D or Flight of the Conchords?

Tenacious D cause I’m O.G.

TV show (past or present) you wish they’d turn into a movie? And who would you cast in it?

Freaks and Geeks with all-original cast.

Send me a link to a YouTube video that makes you laugh.

-- Jay Cridlin, tbt*. Photo by Getty Images.

[Last modified: Friday, May 29, 2009 10:00am]


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