Producer of the as yet unnamed album, Justin Meldal-Johnsen, who has worked with the likes of Nine Inch Nails, Beck and Pink, has opened up about the band’s latest work in an interview with Electronic Musician.
When asked about working with Paramore, he said: “They had proven themselves time and time again. They don’t need to be a pop-punk band anymore. They can do their own ideas.
“They are great writers and creators and they have savvy reference points in the studio. The label needs to have confidence that they aren’t necessarily making Kid A, or even something more out on a limb,” he added.
It appears the album will be one which highlights the journey the band have been on since the release of their last album, a period which has seen Zac and Josh Farro leave the band.
Meldal-Jonhsen said: “We’re not trying to deliberately lose their natural commerciality. I am here to articulate their vision for a step of growth. I’m not afraid to put a guitar through a modular synth, for instance. I want the album to sound very visceral and a little bit less locked down and computerized—more 1981 than 2012, with a nod to 2016. Humans playing textural sounds that can still be heavy and fast, but also shaded.”
In July, the band announced current Angels & Airwaves drummer, IIan Rubin, will be recording drums for the new album, which is expected to be released in early 2013.