“We’ve never been a political band… We’re not Pussy Riot, and I know that,” she says during a recent interview with Fast Company. “I don’t even think we’re Green Day. We really enjoy talking about deep-heart matters and things people struggle with silently or alone.”
Hayley openly admits that neither she or Paramore as a band wanted to make a political album but it turned out that After Laughter shows how personal and political anxieties were inextricable in 2017. “I think that this is the year that I’ve had to stop kidding myself that I’m exempt from being riled up about politics,” she says.