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Paramore Profile - A Biography of Paramore


Paramore Profile - A Biography of Paramore


Brendon Sharpe


Franklin, Tennessee in 2004

Original Lineup:

Hayley Williams - Vocals
Josh Farro - Guitar
Jeremy Davis - Bass
Zac Farro - Drums

A Short Climb To Stardom:

Although the band has been around for a very short time, and they are all very young, the members of Paramore have been enjoying a steady climb to stardom, made more impressive by the fact that they did it in a credible way. While detractors would like to lump them in with media-created pop stars, the simple fact is that the band got discovered and signed by indie label Fueled By Ramen when the band was on tour at a Taste of Chaos Show.

After signing with Fueled By Ramen, the band recorded and released their debut album All We Know is Falling, which saw increased success when the song "Pressure" was included on the soundtrack for The Sims video game.

The band followed up All We Know is Falling with their 2007 album Riot!, and they've continued to climb in popularity through constant appearances, constant touring and simply infectious pop punk music. Only time and effort will show whether Mills and Co. weathers the test of time, but for now, there doesn't seem to be anything holding them back.


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Lineup Changes:

In December of 2010, the Farro brothers announced they would be leaving the band, citing issues that essentially pointed at Williams and her desire to become a star without addressing the band as an entity. An excerpt from their reported statement reads:

We travelled to LA a few weeks later for a showcase and it was a nightmare. Hayley's manager would tell the band to be in the lobby of the hotel at a certain time, but he and Hayley wouldn't show for hours. We found out that they had been meeting with record label executives all morning without us, which is totally weird given that this wasn't simply a solo artist, but we were a band. The band was in the dark the whole time. 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.

The full statement is here. If it's real, it paints a pretty stark picture of politics in the band.

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