Despite a difficult few weeks with the departure of Josh and Zac Farro, Paramore has promised to put out new music this year. It’s only January, but singer Hayley Williams is already sharing new music with fans.
A few weeks ago, Hayley posted lyrics to a new song on Tumblr. She decided to let fans hear the melody and find out what she had been working on, so she posted the chorus online. “I didn’t want to post the full thing yet because I don’t want people thinking it’s a new Paramore song,” Hayley says. “This is just something I wrote for fun. Hope you likes!” Listen to the demo here.
In February, Paramore will hit the road on a South American tour. In the meantime, all three remaining band members, Hayley, guitarist Taylor York, and bassist Jeremy Davis, are working on writing and demoing new music.
What do you think of Hayley Williams’ new demo? Are you excited for new Paramore music?
This past weekend, Paramore’s remaining members, singer Hayley Williams, bassist Jeremy Davis, guitarist Taylor York, released a statement telling fans that Josh and Zac Farro decided to leave the band.
The brothers just released their own statement on Josh’s blog, admitting that they’re not too happy about how things went down. In fact, Josh says he had a statement ready to, but Hayley put Paramore’s statement up without his permission.
Josh explains that he and Zac started a garage band in high school that they asked Hayley to join. Hayley soon went off on her own to record solo demos, then asked the boys if she could use the song “Conspiracy” that they had all written together. Josh and Zac wound up re-joining the band, and eventually Hayley signed a contract on her own. “We didn’t understand why Hayley was the only one signing the contract since we were told this was a ‘band,’ but we were too young to grasp all of this,” Josh writes.
They rerecorded demos, the band toured for two and a half years, and Hayley’s dad acted as their tour manager and van driver. “Her dad would constantly threaten to ‘pull the plug’ on the whole band if we complained about anything, suggesting that we were hired guns and Hayley was the real artist, when in reality we were also part of the band,” Josh writes. “We’ve always been treated as less important than Hayley. It’s been obvious how her family views things.”
Josh claims the band grew further apart after releasing their albums Riot and brand new eyes, and touring was difficult because they couldn’t agree on anything, and they finally decided to leave the band. “We truly feel that God is leading us elsewhere and is going to do great things with us,” Josh says.
Do you think it was a good idea for Josh to release his own exit statement? Are you still a Paramore fan?
Source: J-14 Magazine