Farro Brothers Explain Departure From Paramore

The Farro brothers share their side of the story for leaving Paramore, say it was always a vehicle for Hayley.

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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 saying:

"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.

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    guitar77432
    hahaha Hayley just got dicked on. I'm glad these boys took a stand for themselves. Good work gentlemen.
    im not mental
    wow... that's really ****ed up. i have a lot less respect for haley now and more respect for the farro bros.
    Twofly
    So basically the whole Evanescence story again with the band being a vehicle for Amy Lee's voice
    dash-rendar
    Comeback Kiddd wrote: She is hot...
    Who cares if she's hot? She's being an enterprising little backstabbing bitch. I'd say that outrules her hotness... nice to know you're incredibly shallow and only go on looks instead of actually contributing to the article. To the Farro brothers, I say good on you! I always thought Paramore was really "Haley-more" anyways due to the amount of screen time she always got in the videos (the band got very little in almost all the videos). I really hope Jeremy and Taylor leave her too and they take Paramore in a better direction - get a new singer (Josh has a pretty good voice, I think it would work) and leave Hayley to her own devices
    loz4
    kingsneverdie wrote: I hope they at least got to smash her back doors in before they left!
    THey did, they had on orgy many times.
    Burgery
    It's a mainstream pop band. Why is everyone surprised? Anything that gets on the radio these days is simply nothing but a product.
    ghostnineone
    it also doesnt make any sense to me that the band "changed" from the original vision when they apparently never agreed on what that was in the first place, and it seems odd to me that according to them the band started going downhill after he broke up with hayley even though BNE is their best album IMO. and yes, the record company and hayleys parents seems like the evil one here, not hayley.
    Chromex
    willT08 wrote: Also, "Hayley presented lyrics to us that were really negative and we didnt agree with. For example, the truth never set me free, which contradicts what the Bible says in John 8:32", what the ****? They are Christians...they're entitled to not like lyrics that go against the message they'd like to be putting out there. In the same way I'd rather my band didn't write lyrics about sucking a monkeys cock..
    I just think that it's crazy that they are offended by something like that.
    WeinerJohnson
    Kilimacory wrote: i really want to know the real story. we've got their side, but i want to know the truth. i really cant see Williams being that much of a bitch. if she really wanted a solo deal, she would have went for it from the beginning- cuz she could have done it. i hope this doesnt mean the end of the band.
    Because, if she had just went for a solo deal as a pop singer, she wouldn't have 50% of UG supporting her.
    loseurillusion
    Alex's Disciple wrote: Unfortunately, this is the mentality in the music industry these days. Because of the number of female pop singers, record companies see green every time a band comes along with a female singer that plays original material and only wish the market the female singer. I do not see this as the fault of Hayley or anyone in the band, it is the record company. Thoughts?
    like i said, the blog implies hayley has pushy as f**k parents
    Alex's Disciple
    Unfortunately, this is the mentality in the music industry these days. Because of the number of female pop singers, record companies see green every time a band comes along with a female singer that plays original material and only wish the market the female singer. I do not see this as the fault of Hayley or anyone in the band, it is the record company. Thoughts?
    JohnnyApplecore
    demon.guitarist wrote: They would never have gotten anywhere without Hayley though?
    Not necessarily true, but sex definitely sells.
    TES_Vocalist
    They made some money, probably ****ed a few sluts, and became mildly famous. Now they're calling it a day because they feel that she ruined it from the start. Start anew? I The music business is hard and creates problems in waht is seemingly a friendship . . . I guess you could say its a "Misery Business "! LOL
    Vypor
    WatUWant??? wrote: Wow. (0.o) I'm speechless....completely lost for words... First of all, after reading the full entry, I can't understand how Paramore could gain so many fans who thought they were a "true to themselves", stable band when in actual fact, there was constant rivalry, awkwardness, deception etc. going on! I can't understand WHY they were decieving themselves and their fans into thinking they're tight (see "the final Riot documentry) for so long and furthermore, why Josh and Zac deided to stay with the band for so long if Hayley and Jeremy made it so "unbearable". Having said that, I also think that this is the worst possible way to kick the remaining band members (who were supposed to be there friends) in the face! "Riot!" went platinum, and everyone knew that it was Paramore's album, not Hayley Williams's album. The farro's closing statement just makes them look plain unnappreciative of all the good things Paramore acheived (how many bands can say they've gone platinum?) and tries to make it look as if Hayley is a back-stabbing, diva-biatch. If Hayley cared nothing for the band, she would have followed her own solo career right at the beginning! Look, I'm not saying none of this is true, but I'm just saying that the Farro's could've handled the whole thing a lot better than this and at least admit that they're to blame as well!! Man, I could go on and on forever and ever about this. But right know, I'm just realyy dissappointed. Really, really dissappointed...with the whole band!
    The answer to these questions is Twilight, unfortunately. I accuse Twilights success and Paramores involvement, on Paramores success. I think these guys did the right thing, a professional bussiness move if you ask me.
    RadioMuse
    meh... Paramore was always pretty obviously a vehicle for Hayley Williams. The production style and overall sound clearly spotlighted the singer while casting everyone else in shadow (musically speaking), and there's no way a "band" would go quite that far. Disclaimer: I only read the quotes on this page, not the whole article. My guess is that they were in it 'for the living'. I would say 'for the money' but I don't think that's really it. It's more of a question of "if you were in a truly successful band; enough so that it pays all your bills, would you leave?" Even if it wasn't really the band you waned to be in I think most of us would stick to it for a few years. Anyway, shame that the image is a little broken. Sounds to me like the label wants Hayley to be more like Katy Perry, and Hayley really just wants to be in a band... :-/
    WatUWant???
    Wow. (0.o) I'm speechless....completely lost for words... First of all, after reading the full entry, I can't understand how Paramore could gain so many fans who thought they were a "true to themselves", stable band when in actual fact, there was constant rivalry, awkwardness, deception etc. going on! I can't understand WHY they were decieving themselves and their fans into thinking they're tight (see "the final Riot documentry) for so long and furthermore, why Josh and Zac deided to stay with the band for so long if Hayley and Jeremy made it so "unbearable". Having said that, I also think that this is the worst possible way to kick the remaining band members (who were supposed to be there friends) in the face! "Riot!" went platinum, and everyone knew that it was Paramore's album, not Hayley Williams's album. The farro's closing statement just makes them look plain unnappreciative of all the good things Paramore acheived (how many bands can say they've gone platinum?) and tries to make it look as if Hayley is a back-stabbing, diva-biatch. If Hayley cared nothing for the band, she would have followed her own solo career right at the beginning! Look, I'm not saying none of this is true, but I'm just saying that the Farro's could've handled the whole thing a lot better than this and at least admit that they're to blame as well!! Man, I could go on and on forever and ever about this. But right know, I'm just realyy dissappointed. Really, really dissappointed...with the whole band!
    shreducator
    Wow....I guess that's the music industry for ya. ".....Everything else is an illusion...."
    shred_wizzard
    benonbass1 wrote: now the two bothers have released their own official statement regarding the departure. hahah For god sake UG, is it really that hard to proof read?
    it was taken from a blogspot it looks like. im proud of these guys for coming clean. I actually liked some of Paramore's music, but lately the musicians have become more like Haley's session band
    Sanctuary
    Quit reading when they started going on about god. Don't care. Also, this band IS all about Hayley. There is nothing special about them musically, any hired gun can do what they did.
    stndrdprcdre
    I just kind of assume that all modern pop bands are formed this way. I guess it kind of sucks but it sounds like they knew what they were getting into. If the only thing keeping them around was their singer vouching for them, they should have had their bags packed and ready to go at any moment. I'd be surprised if we ever hear from hayley or these farro guys ever again after this.
    Chromex
    Also, "Hayley presented lyrics to us that were really negative and we didnt agree with. For example, the truth never set me free, which contradicts what the Bible says in John 8:32", what the ****?
    19GuitarCaley94
    It'd be pretty cool if they re-started the band they had in high school with those guys Jason and Taylor... As long as they don't sound like paramore.
    Barkeeper
    WatUWant??? wrote: Wow. (0.o) I'm speechless....completely lost for words... First of all, after reading the full entry, I can't understand how Paramore could gain so many fans who thought they were a "true to themselves", stable band when in actual fact, there was constant rivalry, awkwardness, deception etc. going on! I can't understand WHY they were decieving themselves and their fans into thinking they're tight (see "the final Riot documentry) for so long and furthermore, why Josh and Zac deided to stay with the band for so long if Hayley and Jeremy made it so "unbearable". Having said that, I also think that this is the worst possible way to kick the remaining band members (who were supposed to be there friends) in the face! "Riot!" went platinum, and everyone knew that it was Paramore's album, not Hayley Williams's album. The farro's closing statement just makes them look plain unnappreciative of all the good things Paramore acheived (how many bands can say they've gone platinum?) and tries to make it look as if Hayley is a back-stabbing, diva-biatch. If Hayley cared nothing for the band, she would have followed her own solo career right at the beginning! Look, I'm not saying none of this is true, but I'm just saying that the Farro's could've handled the whole thing a lot better than this and at least admit that they're to blame as well!! Man, I could go on and on forever and ever about this. But right know, I'm just realyy dissappointed. Really, really dissappointed...with the whole band!
    I understand you're a fan of Paramore and have a hard time dealing with this, but it's been a process of events building up. They were so long in Paramore probably because their record went platinum: It's big money! They also need to feed their families, but apparently they had enough of it now that they are settled musicians "Farro brothers from Paramore!".
    lefty311
    That's fantastic that these brothers stuck to their guns. That blows knowing that a person in YOUR band is almost on their own island and on a pedistal. I would have done the same thing. Now these guys have credibility and can do whatever they want. I forsee Paramore's credibility going down the tubes from here on out and the brothers coming up on the good side of it.
    BeatleFox
    I'm also surprised they didn't throw in anything about Chad or the Twitter incident while they were bashing everything else.
    BeatleFox
    This was hard to read. I loved this band from the start and the music holds a lot of memories, if not just songs I can relate to. I agree with C_Miller; Hayley just said goodbye and nothing more. These guys really smacked her in the face for everything.
    Sox0690
    stoltobot wrote: ...and then I read the whole story and they are ranting Christroaches. Actual musicians they may be and all but this is what you get for starting a Disney band.
    Comments like this honestly make people who say Christians are stupid look more ignorant than the Christians they are hating on. If someone has a belief, good for them for sticking to it. They really didn't say anything over the top in their interview. They didn't want lyrics they didn't agree with in their songs, I don't think anyone here would either. Also, I'm pretty sure everyone would agree on that second quote from the Bible if no one knew it was from there.
    stoltobot
    ...and then I read the whole story and they are ranting Christroaches. Actual musicians they may be and all but this is what you get for starting a Disney band.
    bellymctubs
    I guess everyone on UG must be bored of jokes about a certain other red headed singer, as no comparisons have been made!
    C_Miller
    Am I the only one who read this and didn't think Haley came off poorly (or at least not as poorly as they wanted her to, I'm sure? This comes off as a clear example of her parents using their child as a quick trip to success, because she is more talented than them. I could easily see them wanting her to be a solo pop artist and she wanting to be in a band. While the blog clearly puts some blame on management, it seems like they go after her who I could see as being just as much a victim as they are. Either way this comes off as a relatively dick move. The previous statement was very civil. I mean, it was nothing new to the music world, but they didn't say anything bad about the brothers. Just that they were sorry to see them go and wish them luck in the future. That doesn't warrant the response to tell what "really" happened. If they had said, "yeah, they're dicks for leaving us, we only wish them the worst out of life" I could see this happening. But, this is just excessive. Live and let live and move on with you life.
    PhrenchPhries
    Anyone, Paramore fan or not, who loses respect for the Farro brothers after this is an idiot.
    .:!j.man!:.
    TES_Vocalist : It was never her intention to brag, to steal it all away from them now.
    Lmao!
    stoltobot
    It is shocking to know that there were two real musicians in the band. Good on them for standing up to the fake bullshit.
    CFH-For-Life
    It would be ****in badass if the two brothers formed a Metal band that kicked the shit out of Paramore!!
    Mattplayforth
    Damn, why are all record companies so evil? I was actually upset when i read that because paramore always seemed like and honest band :/
    Helloween_rox
    With me being the huge metal head that I am, I was actually quite surprised to find that I enjoyed this band. They're not one I would go out of my way to listen to but if they were on I didn't mind them. This is a shame as I thought the Farro brothers meshed damn well with the rest of the band. I also liked the fact that they're originally from a town only 2 towns over from me (Voorhees, NJ). It's ok though. If Hayley needs someone to console her in this time of need, she can always contact me. The list of things I wouldn't do to her is very, very short.
    Charlie4
    It's fair to say NO ONE here knows both sides of the coin so we can only speculate, however, these guys sound sincere and the story about a pop-princess-to-be is a very realistic/believable one. If this is the case then Paramore is exactly what Guns 'n Roses is today - a front for one individual.
    Corpsegrinded
    Wow. (0.o) I'm speechless....completely lost for words... First of all, after reading the full entry, I can't understand how Paramore could gain so many fans who thought they were a "true to themselves", stable band when in actual fact, there was constant rivalry, awkwardness, deception etc. going on! I can't understand WHY they were decieving themselves and their fans into thinking they're tight (see "the final Riot documentry) for so long and furthermore, why Josh and Zac deided to stay with the band for so long if Hayley and Jeremy made it so "unbearable". Having said that, I also think that this is the worst possible way to kick the remaining band members (who were supposed to be there friends) in the face! "Riot!" went platinum, and everyone knew that it was Paramore's album, not Hayley Williams's album. The farro's closing statement just makes them look plain unnappreciative of all the good things Paramore acheived (how many bands can say they've gone platinum?) and tries to make it look as if Hayley is a back-stabbing, diva-biatch. If Hayley cared nothing for the band, she would have followed her own solo career right at the beginning! Look, I'm not saying none of this is true, but I'm just saying that the Farro's could've handled the whole thing a lot better than this and at least admit that they're to blame as well!! Man, I could go on and on forever and ever about this. But right know, I'm just realyy dissappointed. Really, really dissappointed...with the whole band! Thats a long comment for one that starts with I'm completely lost for words! lol
    kunkushin
    I didn't expect all the religious talk in the original statement, what rock bands CAN you be in if Paramore is too blasphemous?
    neidnarb11890
    I don't know why everyone was so into Paramore in the first place. They were just a pretty average sounding band with a pretty average sounding girl singing. Jesus, whenever they come up everyone acts like they've never heard of a grrrl fronting a rock band before.