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Paramore Talks Their Favorite Records In New Interview

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[Photo by: A.J. Gibboney]

Everyone has their favorite record, song, and artists they live for. That also includes the Grammy-winning trio Paramore. BrooklynVegan interviewed the 2024 Record Store Day Ambassadors about what they love listening to.

As emo staples, it completely makes sense that one of the first records vocalist Hayley Williams bought was from another iconic act. “Thursday’s Full Collapse, on white vinyl,” she explains in the interview. Drummer Zac Farro jumps in that while he doesn’t fully remember what his first vinyl purchase was and says it might’ve been one of many albums from The Beatles. He also recalls what CD he bought with his own money: “The first CD I ever bought was () by Sigur Rós at Best Buy when I was 10 or 11.”

Farro’s eccentricity doesn’t stop there. He says that one of his friends introduced him to a French artist, Jacques Dutronc, and his LP, Et moi, et moi, et moi. “It’s from 1966, and I have an original copy…it’s just one of my favorite albums.” He continues to say that fans might have heard something off of the eclectic release. “I like to end all of my DJ sets with it. If I had to save one record for a desert island or something, I’d grab that one.”

Guitarist Taylor York chimes in via email about what his top record is: “Finally We Are No One by Múm. I Went to sleep listening to that record every night for over a year in high school.”

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Williams includes that one of her most prized possessions is a vinyl that was given to her by a friend while they were at sea. “It was after the first Parahoy!” she begins her story. “Our friends in mewithoutyou came to play… They sent me a 7-inch that was some of their earliest recordings, with a note from Aaron [Weiss] in gold sharpie that I could barely read. It’s just really special to me.”

As Paramore enters the realm of e many of their records being favorites, they also enter their first foray into an RSD exclusive. The RE: This Is Why is a remixed version of their 2023 LP and will feature artists like The Linda Linda’s, Remi Wolf, and others to give fans new takes on the alternative tracks. 

Paramore is gearing up for some extraordinary international tour dates this spring. The trio are joining Taylor Swift on her upcoming leg of The Eras Tour. If you’re in the UK or Europe, you might be able to see them in the spring. Check out the dates below and grab tickets here.

Tour Dates:

  • May 9—Nanterre, France @ Paris La Défense Arena
  • May 10—Nanterre, France @ Paris La Défense Arena
  • May 11—Nanterre, France @ Paris La Défense Arena
  • May 12—Nanterre, France @ Paris La Défense Arena
  • May 17—Stockholm, Sweden @ Friends Arena
  • May 18—Stockholm, Sweden @ Friends Arena
  • May 19—Stockholm, Sweden @ Friends Arena
  • May 24—Lisbon, Portugal @ Estádio do Sport Lisboa e Benfica
  • May 25—Lisbon, Portugal @ Estádio do Sport Lisboa e Benfica
  • May 30—Madrid, Spain @ Estadio Santiago Bernabéu
  • June 2—Lyon, France @ Groupama Stadium
  • June 3—Lyon, France @ Groupama Stadium
  • June 7—Edinburgh, Scotland @ BT Murrayfield Stadium
  • June 8—Edinburgh, Scotland @ BT Murrayfield Stadium
  • June 9—Edinburgh, Scotland @ BT Murrayfield Stadium
  • June 13—Liverpool, England @ Anfield
  • June 14—Liverpool, England @ Anfield
  • June 15—Liverpool, England @ Anfield
  • June 18—Cardiff, Wales @ Principality Stadium
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  • June 21—London, England @ Wembley Stadium
  • June 22—London, England @ Wembley Stadium
  • June 23—London, England @ Wembley Stadium
  • June 28—Dublin, Ireland @ Aviva Stadium
  • June 29—Dublin, Ireland @ Aviva Stadium
  • June 30—Dublin, Ireland @ Aviva Stadium
  • July 4—Amsterdam, Netherlands @ Johan Cruijff Arena
  • July 5—Amsterdam, Netherlands @ Johan Cruijff Arena
  • July 6—Amsterdam, Netherlands @ Johan Cruijff Arena
  • July 9—Zurich, Switzerland @ Letzigrund
  • July 10—Zurich, Switzerland @ Letzigrund
  • July 13—Milan, Italy @ Stadio Giuseppe Meazza
  • July 14—Milan, Italy @ Stadio Giuseppe Meazza
  • July 17—Gelsenkirchen, Germany @ Veltins-Arena
  • July 18—Gelsenkirchen, Germany @ Veltins-Arena
  • July 19—Gelsenkirchen, Germany @ Veltins-Arena
  • July 23—Hamburg, Germany @ Volksparkstadion
  • July 24—Hamburg, Germany @ Volksparkstadion
  • July 27—Munich, Germany @ Olympiastadion
  • July 28—Munich, Germany @ Olympiastadion
  • Aug. 1—Warsaw, Poland @ PGE Narodowy
  • Aug. 2—Warsaw, Poland @ PGE Narodowy
  • Aug. 3—Warsaw, Poland @ PGE Narodowy
  • Aug. 8—Vienna, Austria @ Ernst-Happel-Stadion
  • Aug. 9—Vienna, Austria @ Ernst-Happel-Stadion
  • Aug. 10—Vienna, Austria @ Ernst-Happel-Stadion
  • Aug. 15—London, England @ Wembley Stadium
  • Aug. 16—London, England @ Wembley Stadium
  • Aug. 17—London, England @ Wembley Stadium
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