Buckle your seat belts it’s going to be an emotional ride. The second side of the Paramore split was blogged about on Dec. 21st by guitarist Josh Farro, who left the band he created with his brother Zac three days earlier.
Although Paramore, now the power of three represented by Hayley Williams, Jeremy Davis and Taylor York, said in their kindest words they weren’t shocked by the Farro brothers departure claiming, “the last year hasn’t seemed as if they wanted to be around anymore.”
Josh writes on his blog that Hayley beat them to the punch saying, “We were not going to issue a statement until we worked out our exit agreement with Hayley. Zac and I wanted to be the ones you heard it from. I did not think Hayley’s version told the whole story, at least from our perspective.”
The guitarist recounts the band’s history when he and his brother formed a garage band in high school with Hayley as lead singer.
“Months down the road things changed and this band became all about Hayley. She had a manager at the time that controlled her every move along with her parents. They didn’t like the idea of Hayley being in a rock band so they forced her to leave wanting her to pursue a solo career.”
While off recording demos Haley called to ask is she could use a song they had all previously written together. The song was Conspiracy and Josh said yes.
“I got a call a while after that from Hayley telling me that her manager said that Zac and I were invited to be back in the band (the band we started).
After a showcase in Los Angeles Josh discovered Hayley, her manager, and label executives had met.
“The band was in the dark the whole time. After many meetings they decided to sign her to Atlantic Records. 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. Next thing we knew we were having a signing party for Hayley.”
According to Josh, “the band almost split after canceling a tour in Europe [supporting the album Riot!], but we managed to keep it together somehow. This is when Zac and I started to consider quitting the band.”
Their third album Brand New Eyes continued to drift the band apart. “Suddenly the band had split into two sides. Touring became more difficult since we couldn’t agree on anything. The friendships our band once had were no longer existent. Zac and I came to the decision that is was time to leave the band.
“We are still hoping to work out a friendly way to leave our part of Paramore intact with the remaining band members, including Hayley.”