Hayley Williams: 'Zac and Josh Farro leaving Paramore was meant to be'

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Hayley Williams looks back at Paramore's life changing year

With the release of Paramore's current single Monster, the band seem to have put the departure of Zac and Josh Farro behind them, and can now look back clearly on what happened and why.

Hayley Williams spoke to TodayOnline about the slicing of Paramore down to a three-piece, and how she feels about it now all the dust has settled.

"It wasn't a shock. We knew that it was sort of brewing," she said.

"We knew that it was coming, but nothing can prepare you for something like that."

"It was definitely tough, but like I said, now looking back at it, I feel so positive and that it was meant to be. I'm one of those people who believe that everything happens for a reason no matter how tough it is, no matter how hard or challenging, and this has been a test for us."

Understandably, Hayley seems to be growing a little tired of everyone who interviews her asking about the Farros.

"I mean, I really think that everything that I needed to say about the situation is in the songs that we wrote - Monster or some of the others," she went on.

"Everything that I need to say is there, and it's up to the fans to interpret all of it, because honestly, there's been so much drama surrounding our band.

"Even though, yes, we did write songs that have to do with our situation, I'm just so over talking about it.

"Honestly, I want people - especially young people who are starting bands and playing music - I want them to know that being in a band is so much fun," she explained.

"It's not miserable, no matter how busy you get. It's always going to be tough, but it's tough if you're a waiter at a restaurant too. Everything you do is going to get tough at some point, but being in a band is so much fun. You know, I just don't want to keep going on about: 'Oh this song is about this or that'. I think our fans know how to interpret it."

Source: SugarScape


Paramore Ready to Rock Indonesia

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At only 22 years of age, Paramore’s lead vocalist, Hayley Williams, is already an established performer and a fixture in the music scene. With her fiery red hair and distinctive pop-punk style, Williams and her band have quickly become favorites among the iPod generation, with the band having released three studio albums so far.

Now Paramore fans here can rejoice, as they will have a chance to experience the band’s live show when it stops by Bali and Jakarta later this month as part of an Asian tour.

The story of Paramore dates back to 2002, when Williams, at just 13, moved to Franklin, Tennessee, where she met brothers Josh and Zac Farro, her future drummer and lead guitarist. Rhythm guitarist Jason Bynum and bassist Jeremy Davis completed the original lineup.

While still a high school band, Paramore managed to land a record deal and release its first studio album, “All We Know Is Falling,” in 2005. The record received generally favorable reviews and was a moderate success on the charts, earning Paramore spots at several festivals and allowing the band to build a still relatively small but loyal fan base.

Despite experiencing some personnel troubles — Paramore eventually became a quintet — the band released its sophomore effort, “Riot!,” in June 2007. Spawning popular hit singles including “Misery Business,” “Crushcrushcrush” and “That’s What You Get,” the album catapulted Paramore into the music industry spotlight. The band reached even more listeners and greater heights after contributing two songs to the soundtrack of “Twilight,” the first installment of the wildly popular teen vampire film series based on the novels by Stephenie Meyer.

But Paramore has proven that it is more than just a fleeting star: Massive guitar riffs, catchy rock tunes, and heartfelt power ballads are key ingredients to Paramore’s success, as well as Williams’s vocal talent and her ability to mesmerize crowds at the band’s live shows. American music magazine Alternative Press once remarked that Williams “has more charisma than singers twice her age.”

Of course, the overwhelming success didn’t leave the members of Paramore untouched. But a little drama is to be expected when you release your second album before you reach the age of 20.

“We’ve been through a ton of stressful, pressure-filled situations since ‘Riot!’ came out and I feel like I’m a completely new person,” Williams said in an interview published on the band’s Web site.

That didn’t stop the band from putting out its third record, “Brand New Eyes,” in 2009. Williams explained that all their emotions, both good and bad, were channeled into the album.

“I think making the record was part of the healing process,” she said. “It was good for me both as a person and as an artist.”

In December last year, the Farro brothers, who had been with Paramore from the beginning, parted ways with the band to pursue other musical endeavors.

It was not an entirely amicable split: an official statement on Paramore’s Web site read that “a couple of months ago, Josh and Zac let us know they would be leaving the band after our show in Orlando last Sunday. None of us were really shocked. For the last year it hasn’t seemed as if they wanted to be around anymore.”

Josh Farro responded in a blog post that Paramore was mostly a one-woman show and the rest of the band was only “riding on the coattails of her dream.”

Paramore has continued as a trio, with Williams on vocals, Jeremy Davis on bass and Taylor York on guitar. Early last month, only days after releasing the single “Monster,” which is featured on the “Transformers: Dark of the Moon” soundtrack, Williams announced that the trio had started work on new material for their fourth album, which is scheduled to be released in early 2012.

But first, Paramore will stop in Indonesia, to the delight of its fans.

In anticipation of the shows, Paramore Indonesia, together with the concerts’ organizer, Showmaxx Entertainment, organized a Paramore festival at the end of June — something that didn’t go unnoticed by the band’s members. Williams posted a video of the event on her blog and commented that she had been moved to tears when watching it.

“This is totally humbling and inspiring. Can’t wait to see our Indonesian family,” she wrote.

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Source: JakartaGlobe