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Guitar emphasis and Animal drums: Paramore teases upcoming sixth album

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Sound the alarm: Paramore is officially in the studio.

After various hints and teases over the last year, Hayley Williams and company have confirmed to Rolling Stone that they’re currently working on their sixth album, the long-awaited follow-up to 2017’s After Laughter.

As if that news wasn’t exciting enough, Williams has also shared some inside info on how the upcoming record is shaping up.

“Our output has always been all over the place and with this project, it’s not that different,” Williams tells Rolling Stone. “We’re still in the thick of it but some things have remained consistent from the start.”

Those things include “more emphasis back on the guitar,” and drummer Zac Farro going “as Animal as he wants,” presumably referring to the beloved Muppet.

Williams adds that she, Farro and guitarist Taylor York have been revisiting their earliest influences during the recording process, but cautions that they aren’t planning a “comeback ’emo’ record.”

“The music we were first excited by wasn’t exactly the kind of music we went on to make,” she says.

Most importantly, Williams was focused on “the moment for us to know we’re onto something new and we’re not just rehashing the same s***.”

“It was ‘Ain’t It Fun’ for our self-titled record, and ‘Hard Times’ or ‘Told You So’ for After Laughter,” she says. “It’s not about it feeling like a hit so much as it’s a scary, exciting feeling that you’re treading uncharted waters. It keeps you curious. We got to feel that feeling early on this time.”

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