So, it seems the Paramore breakup is going to get a little ugly.
MTV is reporting on a statement from former guitarist Josh Farro that fires back at his former bandmates, label, and management team.
“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.”
“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.”
Farro then starts getting into the nitty-gritty by calling Paramore “a manufactured product of a major label,” and accusing frontwoman Hayley Williams of not only being manipulated by her management, but also of treating the group as her solo project. Farro claims in his statement that Williams is actually the only member of the band signed to Atlantic Records, and that her bandmates were simply “riding on the coattails of ‘Hayley’s dream.’ ”
“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,” Farro writes.
“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. … Next thing we knew we were having a signing party for Hayley.”
Farro then goes into further detail about how Williams parents and management team treated everything she did as a solo project, and that the band basically felt as if they were their to showcase her.
“The 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,” he writes. “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.
“Hayley’s father … 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.”
Farro also admitted he and Williams dated at one point, and that after their breakup, “things started going downhill for the band.”
Despite Williams’ assurances after the release of 2009’s Brand New Eyes the band grew closer, Farro says it couldn’t be further from the truth: “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 split into two sides. Touring became more difficult since we couldn’t agree on anything. The friendships our band once had were no longer existent.”
Farro finished his piece writing that he was not trying “to belittle or disgrace” his former bandmates; simply that he wanted “to clarify our decision for leaving and our desire to finally tell you guys the truth.”
He closed saying: “We want to thank you guys for all of your love and support over the past seven 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.”
What do you think of the bitter split of Paramore? Do you think this reduces the chances of the remaining three members’ continued success? Do you believe all the stories that only Williams was considered to be the “important” artist, and the only one signed by Atlantic?
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