This past Saturday, Paramore
announced that founding members Zac
and Josh Farro
would be leaving the band; now the two bothers have released their own official statement regarding the departure.
In it, they shed some light of the foundation of the band and how it has always pretty much been a vehicle for Hayley Williams
to succeed as a singer rather as a band.
They say that Williams had her own manager during the band's early days and that the rest of the band was shut out of contract negotiations; and in fact that Williams was the only one who officially signed to the Atlantic Records
and was released through Fueled By Ramen Records to create the image of underground formation.
They describe the writing of 2005's All We Know is Falling
"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.
The full entry can be read here