Paramore, they were looking for a singer. They were edgy about the whole female thing as they’d never donethat before but we’re really good friends so when I started writing for them, it just kinda worked out.
Q. Tell us of your evolvement and involvement with Fueled ByRamen, leading to that ultimate contract.
Hayley: We had managers in Nashville and they had friends out in Orlando that were managers and they got toknow us and wanted to manage us as well. So we ended up with a really big management team. Betweenthem, they all had connections and one of them was John at Fueled By Ramen. He got a hold of our demos andwanted to see us play. He saw us perform live and said he really wanted to put our record out, so that was that!
Q. What were your influences at the time of making your record?Being so young, do you find music that artists of your genre usuallylist in answer to this question less accessible?
Hayley: Well... obviously we were too young at the time to appreciate the rock legends that most people talkabout, so in that way yes. But I think we grew up on the newer generation of those bands – Underoath, Failure,Days Away etc. At the time of recording we were listening to a lot of The Academy Is… as we’d been giventheir record by the label.Jeremy: We’re very influenced by Slipknot!
Q. From what I’ve read, you seem quite detached from the whole “Pete Wentz protégé” notion that seems to tag most of yourlabelmates – would you agree with that and does it affect you at allto not be such a part of that movement?
Hayley: Our first ever tour was the Fueled By Ramen and Friends tour, where we played some of the datesacoustically. FOB were also on it, as well as Gym Class Heroes and The Academy Is… Fall Out Boy were reallycool to us then and always have been. We haven’t crossed paths in a while. I would say we are detached fromthat whole thing that’s going on right now with all of them, but we still respect it fully. We’re just different.
Q. How have you managed to grasp the concept of living your life onthe road, being so young?
Jeremy: There’s not a lot we can do about it, you know, this is our dream and our job mixed in one. Everythingwe do is a blast and we’ve gotten to meet a lot of cool people. Other than having to leave home, it isn’t thathard.Hayley: Today is pretty tiring. We played in LA last night and flew straight here, and now we have this show inLondon and we’ve not had any sleep! Apparently this year is going to be really busy for us – we haven’t reallyhad to deal with being non-stop on-the-go yet because our tours in the States are so frequent that they’requite laid back. In the near future I think we’re going to have to start grasping the fact that we’re not going tohave much time to relax anymore; it’s going to be pretty crazy.