In a statement with little surprise, recently departed ex-members of Paramore have written an exhaustive and damning letter explaining their reasons for departing the band. More importantly, Josh Farro has revealed some of the inner workings of Paramore’s less than earnest creation- a byproduct of major label greed. No surprises there right?
The text continues to say that the band and the facade were manufactured by Atlantic Records and Hayley Williams’ manager as a vehicle to progress Williams’ career as a frontwoman and singer; rendering the rest of the band as nothing more than touring support.
Here is the most pertinent part of the written statement, explaining the motives behind Atlantic Records, Williams and her manager;
“After many meetings between Hayley, her manager and the labels 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. So far, Zac and I haven’t signed with another label, although I guess our part of Paramore sure could. Next thing we knew we were having a signing party for Hayley.
Our next move was to rerecord her solo demos with our own music rather than studio musicians to make it sound more genuine. Meanwhile, we tossed around band names. I wrote out a list of names, including “Paramore”, a name my old band with Taylor and Jason Clark had thought about using. Obviously, we settled on that name. The label received the rerecorded demos and once again tried to fire the entire band, saying we were terrible. Thankfully Hayley and I had been writing some new songs together (Hallelujah, Here We Go Again) that the label was pleased with so that acted as leverage for the band to stay. The label and management then decided to build our band up the grass-roots route. They put Hayley on Fueled by Ramen not making it known she was signed to Atlantic as well. All the while we still questioned whether or not we were an actual band, but Hayley continued to insist we were, despite our being ignored and pushed around by the label.”
So major label sees talented kid and wants to make money off her, they formulate a plan to make her a superstar and everyone else involved gets kicked to the curb. Just another day at the office for major labels.
To this day we stand by the idea that major labels are at the very core of creative erosion, every one of them. And this is just another pathetic example of who they are and what role they play in this sad industry we call music. You really can’t polish a turd.
On a side note: The statement continues on into Jesus related tangents, and while we certainly don’t blame Josh or Zac Farro for leaving this mess of a situation, we do blame them for thinking they’d be rock n’ roll when they got into this in the first place. You really can’t be in a rock n’ roll band if you spend a lot of time with Jesus… because let’s face it, you’re only rock n’ roll when you dance with the devil.