The Farros brand Paramore “manufactured product”

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.


Download new Get Up Kids song “Pararelevant”

With their anticipated new album now just over a month away from release, The Get Up Kids have released a brand new track for free.

Titled “Pararelevant”, the song comes from their upcoming album There Are Rules, set for release on their own label January 25th.

You can stream the track below and for those interested in downloading it for free, enter your email address into the widget underneath the song stream for access.

The Get Up Kids – “Pararelevant”



The Farros leave Paramore

Josh and Zac Farro, siblings and co-founding members of American rock/pop outfit Paramore, have announced their departure from the group. MTV confirmed the pair had left the band, stating the wheels had been set in motion months ago.

In a post on the band’s official website, remaining members have written a statement explaining the departure;

For the last year it hasn’t seemed as if they wanted to be around anymore. We want Josh and Zac to do something that makes them happy and if that isn’t here with us, then we support them finding happiness elsewhere.”

They continue on to say that while the departure is certainly an unfortunate event, they will continue on as Paramore;  “three of us who are still here are ready to take on another chapter of our journey together.”

In a recent tweet, frontwoman Hayley Williams put any rumors of their demise to rest; “Paramore is (still) a band.”

We had no idea there were other members of the band. We thought it was just Hayley and a bunch of robots. Paramore last released brand new eyes in 2009.


Jimmy Eat World perform on Conan

Arizona rockers Jimmy Eat World recently stopped by Conan’s Los Angeles studios to perform the new single “Coffee & Cigarettes”. You can check out the video below.

The song comes from their latest release, the rather terrific Invented . The band will be making their trip down to Australia next April.



Video: Pulley – “Mandarin”

Pulley’s Time-Insensitive Material was one of my favorite EPs of last year; short, melodic, and every bit as urgent as SoCal punk gets. The release was, as expected, aptly titled as Pulley’s release schedule has been erratic of the course of their career. Most probably because front man Scott Radinsky spent a great deal of his professional working career as a major league pitcher.  He most recently split singing duties in Pulley with being the bullpen coach for the Cleveland Indians, so I think we can all forgive him if he doesn’t have time to keep slugging it out in a touring van 10 months a year.

So perhaps it’s fitting that the video for one of the EP’s best tracks come more than a year after its release. Nonetheless, fans of SoCal melodicore will love it. Here’s to hoping a new full length is on the horizon.

You can check out the video above.


First Transformers 3 teaser poster arrives

It appears that we are only hours away from the first official trailer for Transformers 3: Dark of the Moon and the excitement is officially palpable. But for now, JoBlo.com have revealed the first teaser poster for the Michael Bay film, the third and final in the Transformers series. It really isn’t much, and looks like a shoddy Photoshop job, but with the trailer just around the corner, you can expect the frequency of the unnecessary updates to begin. You can check it out below.

On another note, Ain’t It Cool News recently visited the set of the film as well and reported back about 3D, the cast and more. You can read the lengthy write-up here.

Dark of the Moon is expected in cinemas July 1st, 2011.


Bring Me the Horizon unveil “Anthem” video

British metalcore/screamo act Bring Me the Horizon have unveiled the brand new video for the track “Anthem”.

The song comes from their recently released, unnecessarily titled album, There Is a Hell, Believe Me I’ve Seen It. There Is a Heaven, Let’s Keep It a Secret, which made its debut at #1 on the Australian Music Charts (with the lowest #1 album totals in ARIA history).

You can check out the new video above.


Stream new Blackpool Lights EP

The brand new EP from Get Up Kids side project Blackpool Lights is now streaming on bandcamp. The release is the first since the band’s sole full length, This Town’s Disaster, back in 2006.

With the forthcoming return of the Get Up Kids, we assume that there won’t be much action happening from the Blackpool Lights camp, which is a real shame because after listening to this EP, they’re on to something fantastic.

You can stream and download the track “Still Waiting” below.



Silverstein debut new track from Transitions EP

Having recently signed to Hopeless Records, Canadian post-hardcore act Silverstein have now debuted the first new material from their upcoming EP Transitions.

The band spent the majority of their career on Victory Records, releasing four full length albums with the label. They recently announced their split from the label and landed on Hopeless. Their first release will be the Transitions EP, due out digitally tomorrow. A full length is expected some time next year.

You can check out the first sample, the song “Sacrifice”, on their Facebook page.


The Mighty Mighty Bosstones get festive with “2000 Miles”

Ska punk outfit The Mighty Mighty Bosstones are ringing in the holiday season the best way they can; with a Hometown Throwdown and a cover of a classic holiday song.

The band are celebrating their 13th annual Hometown Throwdown this year with Less than Jake, H20, The Flatliners and more and will release their version of the 1983 Pretenders song “2000 Miles”  digitally and on pink vinyl (with cover art illustration by ABC late night talk show host Jimmy Kimmel).

You can view the video for the track below while dates and artists for this year’s throwdown can be seen below. The Mighty Mighty Bosstones last released Pin Points and Gin Joints in 2009.

The 13th Annual Hometown Throwdown
The House of Blues, Boston, MA
December 26: w/ F.U’s and We Are The Union
December 27: w/ H2O and The Flatliners
December 28: w/ Less Than Jake and DYS