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Josh Farro Releases Statement Regarding Departure From Paramore

joshfarro 385 Josh Farro Releases Statement Regarding Departure From Paramore

Josh Farro performing with Paramore at the Honda Civic Tour

In a letter on [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Paramore[/lastfm]’s website this weekend, it was announced that brothers and founding members Zac and Josh Farro were leaving the band. The letter went into some detail about the reasons, and now Josh has released his own statement as to why the split occurred.

There were initial rumors that this post was fake, but a video message from Farro confirmed it to be real. After the jump, take a look at the letter that goes into some pretty gritty details about Paramore and his view on why things didn’t work out.

Josh Farro’s statement (as posted on his blog):

Hey guys,

Let me start by apologizing to you for the way everything went down on Saturday. I had a statement typed ready to post to you guys but Hayley released one without my permission. We were not going to issue a statement until we worked out our exit agreement with Hayley. I wish it didn’t have to happen that way, Zac and I wanted to be the ones you heard it from. I want to be honest with you guys about how this band formulated from day one. I did not think Hayley’s version told the whole story, at least from our perspective and hopefully this will explain a bit about why we are leaving.

Zac and I had a garage band in high school with the intentions of just making music for the love of it. We met Taylor and our friend Jason Clark at our school and found out that we shared the same musical tastes. So, we asked them to join our band. It was some of the greatest times of our lives playing music in Taylor’s basement with them. We obviously needed a lead singer and one day Zac met Hayley. We asked her to come try out and eventually to join the band.

Months down the road things changed and this band became all about Hayley. She had a manager at the time that controlled her every move along with her parents. They didn’t like the idea of Hayley being in a rock band so they forced her to leave wanting her to pursue a solo career.

Hayley went off to write and record her solo demos while the four of us continued on without her. A couple of months later Hayley came and asked us if she could use the song “Conspiracy” that we had all previously written together. We agreed that that would be fine. I got a call a while after that from Hayley telling me that her manager said that Zac and I were invited to be back in the band (the band we started), but not Taylor and Jason because they weren’t good enough in his eyes. Hayley brought in Jeremy and our first rhythm guitarist Jason Bynum as the other two members.

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.

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.

They then sent us all to Orlando to rehearse and write eight hours a day for our first record. Half -way though this process, Jeremy decided to quit. We were all really upset about it. So we finished the record, replaced Jeremy, and hit the road with Hayley’s father as our tour manager/driver of a twelve-passenger van. Her dad would constantly threaten to “pull the plug” on the whole band if we complained about anything, suggesting that we were hired guns and Hayley was the real artist, when in reality we were also part of the band. We’ve always been treated as less important than Hayley. It’s been obvious how her family views things.

Jeremy ended up rejoining and we toured non-stop for two and half years building our fan base, pretending to be a band that started naturally. In reality, what started as natural somehow morphed into a manufactured product of a major label, riding on the coattails of “Hayley’s dream.”

Before recording our next record, we kicked out Jeremy for his lack of work ethic and participation in things that Zac, Hayley and I didn’t agree with. At this point it was just the three of us to record Riot. Once the record was done, we needed a bassist and another guitarist. Eventually Zac and I convinced Hayley to let Taylor rejoin and she convinced us to let Jeremy back in, promising he had changed his ways.

Once again we hit the road and toured on our biggest record as a band. As you all know Hayley and I dated and broke up during this album cycle. Things then started going downhill for our band. Hayley and Jeremy’s views started changing from what we all once believed in. The band almost split after cancelling a tour in Europe, but we managed to keep it together somehow. This is when Zac and I started to consider quitting the band.

Once we finished touring on Riot, we came home for a break and started writing for Brand New Eyes. Hayley presented lyrics to us that were really negative and we didn’t agree with. For example, “the truth never set me free”, which contradicts what the Bible says in John 8:32 (“and you shall know the truth, and the truth shall sat you free”). We fought her about how her lyrics misrepresented our band and what we stood for, but in the end she got her way. Instead of fighting her any longer, we decided to just roll over and let it go.

Hayley claimed that this record reunited us as band and made us grow closer together, when in reality we were all growing further apart. Suddenly the band had spilt into two sides. Touring became more difficult since we couldn’t agree on anything. The friendships our band once had were no longer existent. Amos 3:3 says, “Can two people walk together without agreeing on the direction”. In addition to the band turmoil, touring had really taken its toll on us both. We left home at such a young age and missed taking part in normal teenage years. When you own part of a band and are constantly playing, you make sacrifices. Touring has taken its toll on our family members as well. I specifically remember many moments where our parents would break down in tears when we had to leave. It broke my heart. Seeing our siblings grow up so much during our absences was never easy either.

After a lot a prayer and counsel Zac and I came to the decision that it was time to leave the band. We truly feel that God is leading us elsewhere and is going to do great things with us. The intention of this statement was not to belittle or disgrace the rest of the band, it was simply to clarify our decision for leaving and our desire to finally tell you guys the truth. We are still hoping to work out a friendly way to leave our part of Paramore intact with the remaining band members, including Hayley.

We want to thank you guys for all of your love and support over the past 7 years. It’s been an honor creating and playing music for you. If music is what God calls us to in the future, we hope that you all will be a part of it.

All of the glory be to God,

Josh and Zac

  • lostsoul86

    sounds like haleys a b*tch

    • Juan from Ventura County

      That is because she is and always wanting the limelight. Paramore was never “her” band.

  • jared

    Hayley FAKER

  • joey

    really? all they should have done was thank their fans…but to go into detail and blast Haley and Jeremy is a B*&^ch move! “The intention of this statement was not to belittle or disgrace the rest of the band” really??? cause that is exactly what you did JERKS!

    • Anthony

      I agree with you Joey. It’s like a back handed compliment…this entire lettter to fans or whatever.

      It also exposed how religious the Farro bvrothers are. No disrespect really, just stating a fact..haha

  • Ryan

    Funny how it’s always the lead female vocalist who claims the integrity of the band is based on their unity. Too bad they are usually the source of its demise. History repeats itself, look at No Doubt and Evanescence.

  • tom

    That’s what you get.

  • Anthony

    This goes hard on Hayley and although i admit, this is possibly true, i think it is just unfair “he said, she said” high school stuff. We do not need to judge Hayley. Hell, she reminds me of Gwen from No Doubt, but no one is calling Gwen a fake bitch. It just looks like history has repeated itself.

    They were really young and have so much growing to do. Look at performances, the Farro brothers looked unhappy, especially Josh. He has looked outwardly unhappy for a while. I am not surprised at how this has ended. Paramore will crumble and all involved will find their new paths.

    Hayley, bitch or not, will venture into a solo thing. Whether it will be credible or not has yet to be seen. I personally am not too sure how successful she can be on her own. But she has a great voice and seems to be more effected by HER outside sources brainwashing her (her parents, manager, all the media and FANS who gave her the spotlight) Let’s face it, Paramore fans definitely treated Paramore as the Hayley show as well. So, you are all guilty as well for the focus being on Hayley. Don’t act like you felt any differently about Hayley.

    Fact is, there was a lot of talent with this band, but they were all too young to really deal with the poison of the music industry. Let’s give all of them a break and let them figure things out.

    • kat

      yes even though i am christian, josh shouldnt have said all of that crap. Haley may be stingy but he had no right to put her out like that. my personal opinion

  • Justin

    I was really beginning to sympathize with Josh and Zac until he started throwing out Bible quotes and mentioning God and all that. No offense to anyone, but once religion gets thrown around in statements like this it becomes very offputting. Using Bible quotes in this situation doesn’t help your case it just sounds naive. All that being said it sounds like Hayley and her party are completely to blame for the downfall of Paramore.

    • Patrick

      Took the words right out of my mouth.

    • tom

      that part was the best part. I laughed really hard.

    • Monique

      of course religion comes into play here..they are based on religion duh

    • altrocker

      i don’t think there’s anything wrong with him referencing the bible, he’s entitled to his religious views just as much as anyone else and if that was a critical part of what the band stood for then he has every right to mention it. in any case, people who are religious have just as much a right to feel betrayed as anyone else.

      • wendy

        thank you!
        i always thought hayley was religious and being that i’m religious also it made me really like paramore even more. the songs “we are broken” and “my heart” are some songs that made me think that the band was based on religion. now knowing that it was zac and josh all along kinda made me sad. i still love hayley either way and they are a great band, even if i dont agree with the lyrics that zac mentioned in his letter. oh well! hope zac and josh well, sad that they aren’t part of the band.

  • Ryan

    Jonathan Diener of The Swellers has posted a blog in regards to Josh and Zac Farro’s recent departure from Paramore.

    “Here’s the bottom line. Young people with talent from different circles came together, and Hayley being the one with her parents backing her/management/whatever… everyone was too young (like Josh said) to really understand what was going on and the music industry monster began to take its course.

    When we were on tour with the band it was Hayley, Jeremy and Taylor who hung out with us and embraced us with open arms. We knew the history of the relationships, etc. We saw the division, who was having fun on stage and off. It was very clear. They didn’t act like nothing was wrong, they’re human. You can’t just hide emotions. The lyrics on the record are about all of it. You’re living with people who you may not get along with, or see the world differently from, or just have a different path in mind. Add growing popularity, management, labels, and money into the situation and its bound to blow at some point.

    The reason things, personal and business things, were kept secret were simple: why scare fans to thinking something was wrong? Why let them know every specific detail of a contract, a lineup change, etc. There’s no need for fans to know about that stuff. Our band has had around 6 lineup changes. We’ve been on two record labels and on the first it was only Nick and I on the contract. People didn’t know, but again it didn’t matter. Everyone in Paramore was doing well, their shows were selling out, and from what I’ve seen it wasn’t one person making all of the money while the rest lived in poverty.

    The brothers are incredibly talented musicians, and we didn’t get to know them too well, but it seemed like they were the ones who wanted to stay away from interviews, or webchats, or anything extra curricular for the band.. like opportunities to expand and get their fingers in things like magazine spreads, etc. They just wanted to play music and it seemed like that was it. That’s why the release came as a shock and I’m sure everyone in all camps are confused and freaking out.

    The band is Hayley, Taylor and Jeremy now. They’re great people who just want to have fun and play music. Josh and Zac can continue their musical/life endeavors however they want and have 100% of the control if that’s what they’re looking for, hopefully having a better time with it. Leaving a band in my eyes means leaving all together. Like I said, we’ve had it happen to us several times. In the meantime all of the 7 years of work won’t stop and Paramore will keep going. They’re not these weird machine made freaks, they’re normal people. I’ve driven around with them, ate at Denny’s or went to tiny shows and watched bands with them. Just make sure you take a breather and think before you decide on turning your back on something you loved for so long.”

  • Dan

    In Hayley’s defense (and Gwen Stefani’s for that matter) I don’t think the band would have hit it big without her

    • Bailey

      That’s not totally true because no one really knows. Maybe they could’ve been REALLY REALLY good

  • scott

    i think i would’ve done the same thing.


    Who are we kidding, Josh will go work on a farm in the south while KROQ takes fat ca$h from Atlantic to play the “new” Paramore record in early 2012.

    I am glad he wrote this. I believe him before I believe Hayley. Record companies are nothing more than glorified pimps and I for one can’t wait to watch those idiots finally die from the slow and painful death we have watched over the past decade.

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  • snidely ass stache

    autstin 3:16 says “I just whooped your ass”.

  • Cinthya

    I don’t believe it at all, i think he was mad with her or something, and he wrote it, It sucs to read, is totally inmature… so he’s like “I’m married, I’m bigger, I’m stronger, I’m best than you I can’t be playing for this band, come on! Paramore? haha” … he didn’t even study a career !

  • Isaac

    hahah… my girlfriend has been telling me for a long while that Hayley took over the band and kind of destroyed Josh and Zac’s Christian influences/lyrics. I wasn’t really sure, but after reading this… wow.

  • Nikki

    I still love paramore and always will. They are all very talented. I think Hayley is beautiful and has an amazing voice. But I have to admit this made me lose some of the respect I had for her. I’m bummed that Josh and Zac left the band, Josh has always been my favorite, but I wish them all the best. And Paramore will continue on without them. And I still support them 110%. :)

  • Bailey

    I think people should stop acting like it’s ALL Hayley’s fault, yeah it seems like it but none of us were actually there and I’m not defending her cuz some of what she did was total d*ck moves and she seems like a total b*t*h now to me when I really admired her but there is more to the story than what there telling us and that’s fine we don’t need to know EVERY little detail of their lives. So everyone CHILL THE F**K OUT!!

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