As the second leg of The Honda Civic Tour commences this week, I checked in with Hayley Williams of headlining band Paramore and Tegan Quin of openers Tegan and Sara to see how things have been going out on the road.
AfterEllen.com: This is Paramore’s biggest headline tour ever. I imagine there was huge pressure on you about picking the support acts for the tour; so, how did you pick Tegan and Sara?
AE: Tegan, When Paramore asked you to come on the Honda Civic Tour what were your initial thoughts?
But I am a huge fan of Paramore and I thought it would be a great opportunity to get in front of a younger, more mainstream audience. We’ve also almost exclusively toured in support of male acts and so we were excited to see what it would be like to support a female-fronted band.
AE: Hayley, as a Christian in a band that has openly identified as Christian were you worried that your audience might not accept Tegan and Sara as they are lesbians and not a part of the Christian rock scene?
The biggest fault I find within the Christian community is that there are too many judges in the courthouse. What I know is that I’m not going to let myself be one of those. Not to sound selfish, but I’ve got my own life to figure out and faith is constantly surprising me. Hopefully, we’re surprising people too. I mean, who would’ve thought that Christians can actually hang out with lesbians without bursting into flames?! (Disclaimer: It’s a joke, people.)
AE: Tegan, since you and your sister are both open about your sexuality were you concerned about playing to a more mainstream audience?
Sara and I find our audience is growing more and more diverse over the years. Its harder and harder for us to classify or pigeonhole our audience and we think of that as a positive thing. Our music is for everyone; not just gay people. So this was an opportunity to prove that even a mainstream radio audience would be open to us. And they have been.