After reading the Paramore cover story in the July issue of SPIN magazine, frontwoman Hayley Williams took to her blog to vent about how the band is portrayed in the article and set the record straight.
"The SPIN article … that was just printed about us doesn't really seem to say anything about us as a band.
It seems that in most cases writers simply enjoy looking at us and exclaiming - like they've discovered something huge - 'THEY'RE YOUNG!' or of course there's always, 'THEY'RE CHRISTIANS,' or 'THEY DON'T SHOOT UP IN THE BACK OF THE BUS!' What is this, the '80s? Is it really that sensational that we aren't the second coming of Motley Crue?
"I'm sure it's hard to get a handle on any band within the amount of time given to capture 'our story'. maybe reading articles about us just gets a little monotonous, that's all.
I'm not actually friends with McLovin or Miley [Cyrus].
It's my opinion that anyone who is coming onto our band looking for controversy is completely missing the point. the point isn't in the intent of controversy, the point is that there is no way around it. as people, aren't we all bursting at the seams with conflict and controversy? the point of our music is that there are human hearts in it.
We could stop looking for the wrongs and realize that they're inevitable on the way to something more meaningful. I'm not totally preaching here. talking to myself as well, in case you wondered. who knows? maybe I really am just bored with giving music journalists the benefit of the doubt. like they're really gonna let people know what we would want to tell them. yet still, I want to have faith in people. and anyways, what WOULD we want to tell people if we had that much space to write about ourselves? it would probably end up just the same."
Writer Josh Eells wrote the following about the band:
They stay up late to "watch Spaceballs and play Yahtzee."
They sing Hanson songs, and not even 'MMMBop' — we're talking deep cuts. Their bus smells like popcorn and Twizzlers, and their chief entertainment is a book of hypothetical questions they take turns shouting out answers to."
It sounds a little simplistic, but at least Hayley didn't pull an M.I.A.!