Paramore lead, Hayley Williams, has recently released the second part of her solo project "Petals for Armor" and its latest track, "Dead Horse."
In a statement, Williams described "Petals for Armor II" as the perfect interlude between the first part and the upcoming Part III. She wrote that she needs the songs to help her get to a place where she could "name my shame, take inventory of emotional scars, true friends, awful coping mechanisms and discover what I desire for my life."
She also shared that her latest single "offers strength back to a younger, weaker version of myself." She expressed that she feels all of it had to be said: "in order to embody the kind of woman I hope to be."
The "Petals for Armor" Solo Album
Hayley Williams first announced her Petals for Armor project back in January, releasing it together with the music video for "Cinnamon," as well as the lyric video for tracks "Sudden Desire" and "Creepin."
Two five-track EPs preceded her upcoming solo debut album Petals for Armor. The full studio album is set to be released on May 8. She initially announced headlining her first tour in support of her album last March 5.
Hayley Williams described the experience that she's going on tour herself, and not with the band Paramore, saying that "it's just a little terrifying." The tour is set to start on May 13 in Amsterdam, to be followed by the North American leg beginning with a Seattle show on May 28. The "Petals for Armor" tours will end in her local Nashville, on June 29.
Paramore and Life with AL (After Laughter)
Hayley Williams is probably best known as the lead vocalist, songwriter, and keyboardist for the rock band Paramore. The recent lineup includes Williams, together with Taylor York on guitars and Zac Farro on drums.
Paramore started with their 2005 debut album "All We Know Is Falling." It was followed by hit singles "Misery Business" and "That's What You Get" included in the wildly successful sophomore album "Riot!" in 2007.
The following 2009 album "Brand New Eyes," has become one of their most successful albums so far, largely due to the success of its single "The Only Exception."
Their fourth eponymous album marked Paramore's first album after the departure of the Farro brothers, Zac and Josh, and gave them their first US Billboard 200 chart-topper. Zac Farro rejoined the band in 2017, and Paramore released their fifth album "After Laughter."
It was during this period that Hayley Williams suffered from depression after bassist Jeremy Davis left the band, and her failed marriage with New Found Glory lead Chad Gilbert. In her essay published in the May 30 edition of PAPER magazine, she said depression is "torment."
She first announced her interest in working on a solo project on her 31st birthday last December 2019, teasing a "taste" in January the following year. Her debut solo track "Simmer" got out on January 22 with a music video, later announcing her upcoming solo project "Petals for Armor."