Josh Farro on Paramore departure: 'We've always been treated as less important than Hayley.'
Image Credit: RD/Kirkland/Retna LtdSeems being part of Paramore was “Misery Business” for recently departed band members Josh and Zac Farro. A few days after Paramore confirmed that their guitarist and drummer had quit the band via its official site, Josh took to his blog to share why the two members had decided that they belonged to Paramore no more. And they seemed to have settled on a scapegoat: Frontwoman Hayley Williams.
The long post, which chronicles how Williams’ manager and family have controlled the band since its formation, claims Paramore’s band members were always forced to play second banana to the singer. “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,” Farro writes. “We’ve always been treated as less important than Hayley … We toured for two-and-a-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.'”
Farro also shared grievances regarding the band’s songwriting process: “We fought her about how her lyrics misrepresented our band and what we stood for, but in the end, she got her way,” he writes. “Instead of fighting her any longer, we decided to just roll over and let it go.” Soon, according to Farro, Paramore become unable to overcome their differences. “Hayley claimed that this record reunited us as [a] band and made us grow closer together, when in reality, we were all growing further apart,” he writes. “Suddenly the band split into two sides. Touring became difficult since we couldn’t agree on anything. The friendships our band had were no longer existent.”
In addition to their frustration with Williams, the Farros also claim they left Paramore because “touring had really taken its toll on us … [and] our family members as well.” Josh, however, is still optimistic that the band can part amicably: “We are still hoping to work out a friendly way to leave our part of Paramore intact with the remaining band members, including Hayley,” he writes.