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.


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.


Paramore “Playing God” in new video

Hayley Williams has kidnapped the rest of her band and is keeping them tied up in her basement while she throws tea parties!

At least, that’s whats happening in the new Paramore video for the track “Playing God”, landing somewhere in between Alice in Wonderland and serial killers. The track is culled from their 2009 album brand new eyes.

The band are currently wrapping up their European tour and recently picked up a win (for ‘Best Alternative Act’) at the 2010 MTV European Music Awards.


Preview Paramore’s Loretta Lynn cover

Paramore recently recorded a cover of legendary country singer/songwriter Loretta Lynn’sYou Ain’t Woman Enough” for the upcoming Loretta Lynn tribute Coal Miner’s Daughter. Now Detroit country radio WYCD has a 60-second preview of the track streaming below.

Coal Miner’s Daughter features 12 tracks of Lynn covers including versions done by Paramore, The White Stripes, Faith Hill, Carrie Underwood, Alan Jackson and unfortunately, Kid Rock. The tribute is out November 9th.

Loretta Lynn last released the terrific Van Lear Rose in 2004. Paramore recently completed an Australian tour and will soon head out to Europe with B.O.B.

AUDIO STREAM: Paramore – “You Ain’t Woman Enough” (60-seconds)
Paramore – “You Ain’t Woman Enough”


Paramore gets the Glee treatment

Paramore’s stock has continued to propel towards the stratosphere with the inclusion of their song “The Only Exception” on hit musical show Glee.

The episode featuring the track was the second from the show’s current season, titled “Britney/Brittany”, and pays tribute to pop star Britney Spears. Video of the cast’s interpretation of the song can be seen in the video below.

When we last spoke to Paramore back in 2005, we knew the band were good, but who would have ever expected such global success and adulation. Hayley Williams, speaking to us in 2005, said this about the potential of the band;

Who knows where this next year or two will take us. Whether we are playing clubs for a couple hundred kids or playing on big tours in front of much bigger crowds … we will be playing.”

Safe the say they ended up playing to much, much bigger crowds. Paramore will soon embark on their Australian tour with Reliant K starting October 10th in Perth.


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Review: Paramore – brand new eyes

Back when we spoke to Hayley Williams in 2005, we couldn’t possibly imagine the massive scope in which her band’s music now encompasses. It never hurts publicity to be on the soundtrack to a hit cultural phenomenon, and it only bolsters your credibility when your tours and records are both received with much affection. Yet Paramore, and Williams in particular, never seemed to let go of their humble selves- whether it is during MTV interviews, in front of thousands of people, or plastered across the internet- it all comes across with a genuine tether.

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