Hayley Williams gives live debut to Petals For Armor during NPR Tiny Desk (Home Session)

Hayley Williams by Lindsey Byrnes

Hayley Williams by Lindsey Byrnes

Hayley Williams took her first step away from Paramore in May.

The timing for going solo could have been better, but Hayley Williams finally had the chance to perform tracks from Petals For Armor live thanks to her recent NPR Tiny Desk (Home Session).

Pure Love, Taken and Dead Horse were picked for the auspicious occasion, Williams showcasing an album whose recording she described as a ‘scary, empowering experience’:

“Some of my proudest moments as a lyricist happened while writing ‘PETALS FOR ARMOR’,” she said at the time of its announcement. “And I was able to get my hands a little dirtier than usual when it came to instrumentation.

“I’m in a band with my favorite musicians so I never really feel the need to step into a role as a player when it comes to Paramore records.”

“This project, however, benefited from a little bit of musical naïveté and rawness and so I experimented quite a bit more. I made this with some of the closest people to me. Their respective talents really shine bright throughout the record.”

“I like to think we all make each other better and the result is something that sounds and FEELS exactly as I’d hoped it would. 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.”

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