Members: Hayley Williams, Josh Farro, Jeremy, Davis Zac Farro
Active: 2004 - present
Paramore is a Grammy-nominated American rock band that formed in Franklin, Tennessee in 2004 consisting of Hayley Williams (lead vocals/keyboard), Josh Farro (lead guitar/backing vocals), Jeremy Davis (bass guitar), and Zac Farro (drums). The group released their debut album All We Know Is Falling in 2005, and their second album Riot! in 2007, which was certified platinum in the US and gold in the UK and Ireland.
HISTORY 2002-2005 FORMATION AND ALL WE KNOW IS FALLING
In 2003, at the age of 14, vocalist Hayley Nichole Williams (born December 27, 1988) moved from her hometown Meridian, Lauderdale County, Mississippi to Franklin, Williamson County, Tennessee USA where she met brothers Josh and Zac Farro while attending private school. Shortly after arriving, she began taking vocal lessons with Brett Manning. Prior to forming Paramore, however, Williams and bassist Jeremy Davis took part in a funk cover band called the Factory, while the Farro brothers had practiced together after school. The other members of what was soon to be Paramore had been \"edgy about the whole female thing\" of having Williams as vocalist/tambourine/accordian, but, because they were really good friends, she started writing for them and it eventually worked out. The band was officially formed by Josh Farro (lead guitar/backing vocals), Zac Farro (drums), Jeremy Davis (bass) and Hayley Williams (lead vocals) in 2004, with the later addition of Williams\' neighbor Jason Bynum (Rhythm Guitar). They took the name Paramore, which is derived from the maiden name of the mother of one of the group\'s former bassists during the time in which they were \"still playing in the garage\"]; once the group learned the meaning of the homonym paramour (\"secret lover\"), they decided to adopt the name, using the Paramore spelling. The band\'s first song written together was \"Conspiracy\", which was later used on their debut album.
Over the following years, Paramore performed at venues outside the greater Nashville area, including the concert festivals Purple Door and Warped Tour. John Janick, CEO and co-founder of the music label Fueled by Ramen, got a hold of Paramore\'s demos and went to a Taste of Chaos performance in Orlando, Florida to see the band perform live. After a smaller private performance at a warehouse, the band was signed to the label in April 2005.
Paramore traveled back to Orlando to record their debut album All We Know Is Falling, but, shortly after arriving, Davis opted to leave the band citing personal reasons. The remaining four members of Paramore continued with the album, writing \"All We Know\" about his departure, and later deciding to base All We Know Is Falling around the concept. The album artwork also reflected Paramore\'s grief as Williams explains, \"The couch [on the cover of All We Know is Falling] with no one there and the shadow walking away; it\'s all about Jeremy leaving us and us feeling like there\'s an empty space.\" Recording for All We Know is Falling had taken three weeks, and promotional material for the album had only featured the four of the remaining members. Before touring, the band added John Hembree (bass) to their line up to replace Davis. During that summer, Paramore was featured on the Shira Girl Stage of the 2005 Warped Tour. After being asked by the band, Davis returned to Paramore, after five months apart, as Hembree left. All We Know Is Falling was released on July 24, 2005 and reached #30 on the Billboard\'s Heatseekers Chart. Paramore released \"Pressure\" as its first single, with a video directed by Shane Drake, but the song had failed to place on the charts. The video featured the band performing in a warehouse, eventually getting sprayed with water sprinklers as the storyline of a conflicted couple occurs. \"Pressure\" is also featured on the soundtrack to the EA Games video game The Sims 2 for the Playstation 2 and Xbox. In July, \"Emergency\" was released as the second single, the video again reuniting the band with director Shane Drake and featuring Hunter Lamb, who replaced Bynum on guitar. The video for \"Emergency\" showcased Paramore in another performance, this time fixing the members bloody and in worn costumes. The third single \"All We Know\", was released with limited airtime, and the video consisting of a collection of live performances and backstage footage.
In January 2006, they were a part of the Winter Go West Tour where they played alongside Seattle bands Amber Pacific and The Lashes, and in February, Williams\' vocals were featured on \"Keep Dreaming Upside Down\" by October Fall. In the spring 2006, Paramore was an opening act on headlining tours for both Bayside and soon afterwards, The Rocket Summer. They toured the United Kingdom from October 5 to October 15, 2006, where they ended in London at The Mean Fiddler. The band then covered Foo Fighters\' \"My Hero\" for the Sound of Superman soundtrack which was released on June 26, 2006.During the summer of 2006, Paramore played a portion of Warped Tour, primarily on the Volcom and Hurley Stages, and their first night on the Main Stage was at a date in their hometown of Nashville. Paramore\'s first United States headlining tour began on August 2, 2006 to a sold-out audience\"Paramore\". mtv.com. Retrieved on 2007-08-18 with support from This Providence, Cute Is What We Aim For, and Hit the Lights with the final show in Nashville. That year they were voted \"Best New Band\", and Williams as #2 \"Sexiest Female\", by readers of the British magazine Kerrang!.
In 2007, Paramore was named by British magazine NME as one of ten bands to watch out for in their \"New Noise 2007\" feature. In January, the band played an acoustic set for the grand opening of a Warped Tour exhibit at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and the dress Williams wore in the video for \"Emergency\" was also put onto display in the exhibit. Paramore was featured in Kerrang! magazine once more, however, Williams believed the article was an untrue portrayal of the band, particularly because it focused on her as the main component. Afterwards, Williams addressed the issue in the band\'s LiveJournal, with a post saying, \"we could?ve done without a cover piece. sorry, if it offends anyone at Kerrang! but i don?t think there was one bit of truth in that article.\" In April, Williams\' vocals were featured in \"Then Came To Kill\" by The Chariot. They headlined a tour in early 2007 with This Providence, The Almost and Love Arcade.
2007 - 2008 RIOT! AND OTHER PROJECTS
Paramore began recording their second album Riot! in January 2007, ending production in March, without the guitar of Hunter Lamb (who left the band early in 2007 to get married); without Lamb, lead guitarist Farro was required to play both guitar parts on the album. Lamb has since been replaced by guitarist Taylor York, who had been in a band with the Farro brothers before the two met Williams, as temporary member for the duration of touring. Rumor has it Taylor York is soon to be made a permanent member of the band, though he has yet to decide if he is going to follow in Lamb\'s footsteps and leave the band to tie the knot as well. After being courted by producers Neal Avron and Howard Benson, Paramore opted to record Riot! with New Jersey producer David Bendeth (Your Vegas, Breaking Benjamin), releasing the album on June 12, 2007. Riot! entered the Billboard 200 at number 20, the UK charts at number 24, and sold 44,000 its first week in the United States. The name Riot! had been chosen because it meant \"a sudden outburst of uncontrolled emotion\", and it was a word that \"summed it all up\". The first single from the album, released June 21, 2007, \"Misery Business\", is, according to Williams, \"more honest than anything I\'ve ever written, and the guys matched that emotion musically.\"
Summer of 2007 saw Paramore participating on their third Warped Tour and posting journals of their experiences on yourhereblog for MTV. In June they were declared by Rolling Stone as \"Ones to Watch\". Paramore made their 1st Live Television debut on Fuse Networks daily show, The Sauce The second single from Riot!, \"Hallelujah\", was released on July 30, 2007, and is currently only available online and on UK television. The video, much like \"All We Know\", features backstage footage and live performances. In August 2007, Paramore had been featured in television spots on MTV, performing acoustic versions of their songs or acting in short accompaniments to MTV program commercials. As \"MTV Artists of the Week\", the band filmed the faux camping themed spots in Queens, New York, all written and directed by Evan Silver and Gina Fortunato. MTV.com also has a collection of short videos with the band to promote Riot as well. For weeks in August 2007, the \"Misery Business\" video was the number one streamed video at MTV.com.On October 8, Paramore played \"Misery Business\" live on Late Night with Conan O\'Brien, a booking made possible due to the friendship struck between the band and Max Weinberg during the 2007 Warped Tour. In August, Paramore participated in the band New Found Glory\'s music video for their cover of Sixpence None the Richer\'s song \"Kiss Me\".
On October 11, 2007, the music video for \"Crushcrushcrush\" debuted on the United States television as the next single from Riot!. The video for \"Crushcrushcrush\" featured the band playing a performance in a barren desert, being spied upon, and later destroying their equipment. The single was officially released in the United States on November 19 and made available in the United Kingdom on November 12, 2007. Williams recorded guest vocals for the tracks \"Church Channel\" and \"Plea\" for the Say Anything concept album In Defense of the Genre released on October 23, 2007. The group performed live, acoustic style in Boston on November 29, 2007 for FNX radio. On December 31, 2007, Paramore performed on the MTV New Years Eve program which ran from 11:30 p.m. to 1:00 a.m.
Paramore was featured on the cover of February 2008 issue of Alternative Press magazine and voted \"Best Band Of 2007\" by the readers. The band was nominated for \"Best New Artist\" at the 50th Annual Grammy Awards presented on February 10, 2008 but lost to Amy Winehouse. Early 2008 saw Paramore touring the United Kingdom, supporting their album Riot!, along with New Found Glory, Kids in Glass Houses and Conditions. In early February 2008, the band began a tour in Europe, however on February 21, 2008, the band announced that they had cancelled 6 shows due to personal issues. Williams wrote on the band\'s web site that \"the break will give that band \'a chance to get away and work out our personal issues\'\". MTV.com reported that fans of Paramore were speculating about the future of the band and reported rumours of trouble had been began earlier in the month when Josh Farro expressed his anger against the media\'s focus on Williams. The band, however, returned to their hometown to record the music video for the fourth single \"That\'s What You Get\", which was then released on March 24, 2008.
The band toured with Jimmy Eat World in the United States in April and May 2008. The band headlined the Give It A Name festival in the United Kingdom on May 10 and May 11, 2008. Also the band performed on the In New Music We Trust Stage at Radio 1\'s One Big Weekend in Mote Park, Kent on May 10, 2008. Paramore had their debut Irish performance at the RDS in Dublin, Ireland on June 2, 2008. Also, Paramore performed at the 2008 Vans Warped Tour from July 1- July 6, 2008.
On MTV\'s TRL, May 7, 2008, lead singer, Hayley Williams said that the band was working on a new album, and that it would hopefully be released by next summer. Hayley says she and the band have been practicing the new songs during the sound checks on tour. In an Alternative Press cover story, Zac Farro speculated on a forthcoming album, saying that it would sound like bands Mew, Thrice, and Arcade Fire.
On May 19, Paramore announced on their website that they will be going on tour again, the tour being named \"The Final RIOT!\", starting July 25 and ending September 1. On this tour, the band performed part of Leonard Cohen\'s \"Hallelujah\". On September 2 Paramore released a collaboration hoodie along with Hurley Clothing based on the album Riot!. All proceeds will go to the Love146 Foundation.
2008 TWILIGHT MOTION PICTURE SOUNDTRACK AND THE FINAL RIOT!
Paramore\'s new song \"Decode\" is the lead single for the novel-based Twilight film. Another song called \"I Caught Myself\" is also featured on the film\'s soundtrack. The band began shooting the video October 13 and singer Hayley Williams posted photos on the band\'s website of them on the set. \"Decode\" was released on October 1, 2008 on the Paramore Fan Club site as well as Stephenie Meyer\'s website. The video was premiered on November 3. Hot Topic hosted listening parties for the soundtrack on October 24, 2008, and was released on November 4, 2008. Border\'s released an exclusive version of the soundtrack that features an acoustic version of \"Decode.\"
The band also will release a live album named The Final Riot! and is set to be released on November 25, 2008. The album includes a bonus DVD with the full concert, an exclusive documentary and behind the scenes content.
2005 - All We Know Is Falling
2007 - Riot!