When it comes to being on stage, Williams explained, “Being on stage — that sort of empowerment that you get is not male or female. It’s just raw energy. I don’t feel like I have to be sexy and a girl, or sexy in any way. I like to play hard, and I love to prove people wrong.”
Williams also spoke about Paramore’s (fortunately) short-lived falling out. “It went from being like, ‘Hey, we don’t want to be in the band anymore’ to this really hairy online situation, where I was like, ‘How did this happen? Why is this happening?’ I know I’m a smiley person, but when I get hurt or when I get upset, I can definitely turn crazy. And I felt crazy for a while, like, ‘When is this going to go away?’ But it did, finally, and I’m more thankful for the good that’s come out of it than I am upset about the bad that went down.”
The band’s upcoming new album proved to be healing. “Writing the new record, we didn’t want to go backward. We wanted to move forward, so we made a conscious effort to do it. It felt like we were kids starting a band for the first time.”
Read more in the April 2013 issue of Nylon, available now.