I interviewed Paramore guitarist Taylor York while they toured Australia for the Soundwave Festival earlier this year. Initially I was supposed to meet the band at their hotel room on the morning of Soundwave in Perth but they decided to wind back publicity at that point and I did a phone interview instead while they were still in Melbourne. There’s a part of this interview I had to cut, so I’ll include it at the top here - it’s about their accidental headline spot at Sydney Soundwave after Garbage had to cancel:
“We started off the tour with our own sidewave show at the Enmore in Sydney, which was so fun to start off with an intimate show with our fans. Both Soundwave shows so far have been awesome. In Sydney we basically ended up getting to accidently headline the night which was just insane. It was really surreal, we kind of weren’t sure the whole day if we were going to be able to play or not because we weren’t sure when we were going to get the gear because of the flooding so we didn’t have any of our own stuff. We kind of accepted our fate that were weren’t going to get to play, and at the last minute the gear got there. We’ve got the most amazing crew in the whole world so we were able to get it together really fast. We were really excited to play but we were like’ we’re going on the same time as Metallica and there probably won’t be that many people there, but whatever, we’ll deal with it and it’ll still be fun.’ It was the most surreal thing to walk out on stage and see so many people, it was a really special show for us.
Read the whole interview below!