We all have to go it alone sometime. For Paramore frontwoman Hayley Williams, that time has apparently come. Sort of. Although she’s joined by some of her latest batch of bandmates throughout her first true solo album, Petals for Armor is very much Williams’ baby. And her story. Taking her confessional lyrics to a new level, the 31-year-old singer dives deep into recent personal tragedies, including the end of her marriage and health crises. Set against a backdrop of artfully experimental electro-pop vaguely reminiscent of Fiona Apple’s recent Fetch The Bolt Cutters — with perhaps a dash of Tegan and Sara’s more recent efforts thrown in for good measure — it’s the most daring, honest and purely creative work of Williaims’ career. With Petals for Armor, Williams has truly blossomed.
THE PRESS RELEASE: “Hayley Williams is the singer of the American genre-neutral band Paramore, and founder of haircare and color company Good Dye Young. Petals for Armor is the Grammy Award-winning Paramore singer’s hugely anticipated debut solo album. “I’m so ready and so incredibly humbled to get to share this project with the public. Making it was a scary, empowering experience. The songs just keep getting more personal.” says Williams. Long regarded as an exhilarating live act, Paramore has spent much of the past decade-plus on the road, including countless sold out world tours and show-stealing festival sets around the globe. Williams has also enjoyed a wide range of extracurricular success, including collaborations with such diverse artists as Zedd, American Football, and Chvrches. As for Petals For Armor, Williams says, “Now that it’s time to put it all out there, I can finally exhale. I’m excited to let people in to experience a different side of myself that I’ve only very recently become familiar with.”