Ryan Russell
Paramore, based in Nashville, Tenn., is headlining the Honda Civic tour coming to the E Center on Monday.

Paramore bassist Jeremy Davis is looking forward to playing in Utah.

"I love Salt Lake," Davis said during a phone call from near his home in Franklin, Tenn. "It's one of our better places to stop."

Davis, vocalist Hayley Nichole Williams, guitarist Josh Farro, drummer Zac Farro and guitarist Taylor York — collectively known as Paramore, is the headliner of the Honda Civic tour, which will land at the E Center on May 10.

The tour is the first major-sponsor tour for the band, said Davis, who was driving home from band practice.

"We feel blessed to be part of the tour," he said. "I've never been to one because we tour all the time. I've always missed it. So it's cool to be a part of it. And it's one of the biggest tours that happens every year. It's the biggest tour we have ever done. And the most official (sponsored) tour we've ever done."

Davis also said there is an added bonus for a lucky fan at the end of the tour — he or she will win a custom-designed Honda Civic.

"Hayley and I designed the car," Davis said. "We worked directly with Honda on everything, and it's been cool. We spent a lot of time on the phone getting the parts right."

Davis' road to becoming a bassist started with a desire to play guitar.

"My dad played guitar at our church," he said. "I wanted to play electric guitar, but my dad's friend gave him a bass and he brought it home. It looked really cool. So I bought an amp and started playing bass. I've been hooked ever since."

Davis cut his teeth on funk and rock, especially listening to Death Cab for Cutie's Nick Harmer and the Deftones' Chi Cheng. He also got into fellow-Tennesseean and Flecktones bassist Victor Wooten.

"There is a whole lot of influences," Davis said.

Last September, Paramore released the CD "Brand New Eyes," the follow-up to the platinum-selling "Riot!" that was released in 2007.

Davis said the band was nervous writing songs for the new CD.

"Because when you write a new record, everybody is breathing down your throat, you know what I'm saying?" He said. "The label and everyone is anxious to see what you come up with.

"We thought it was going to be a very stressful time, but the entire writing and recording process actually came very naturally."

The band recorded five songs in four days, Davis said. "We don't know how it happened. It started flowing, and we just kept going with it."

Then the label heads randomly stopped in and asked to hear the new music.

"We showed them and they freaked out," Davis said with a laugh. "They told us it was perfect and from then on they left us alone and just let us do what we wanted."

Producer Rob Cavallo, who has worked with Green Day, guided Paramore through the process.

"Rob was exactly what we needed," Davis said. "He kept us in this box and told us to not over-think. 'It's rock 'n' roll. Just go with it,' and when he saw us overdoing it, he'd say, 'Whoa, whoa, whoa. Don't do that.'

"And the album turned out better than we wanted."

If you go...

What: Paramore, Relient K, Fun

Where: E Center, 3600 S. Decker Lake Drive

When: May 10, 7 p.m.

How much: $25-$29.50

Phone: 800-745-3000

Web: www.ticketmaster.com

e-mail: [email protected]