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Paramore is an American rock band from Franklin, Tennessee, formed in 2004. Members are lead vocalist and keyboardist Hayley Williams, lead guitarist Josh Farro, bassist Jeremy Davis, drummer Zac Farro, and rhythm guitarist Taylor York.
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 inAustralia, Canada, New Zealand and the UK. Brand New Eyes, Paramore's third album, was released on September 29, 2009. Brand New Eyes is the band's highest charting album to date.[1]
In 2002, at age 13, vocalist Hayley Williams moved from her hometown Meridian, Mississippi to Franklin, Tennessee where she met brothers Josh Farro and Zac Farro while she was attending a private school.[2][3] Shortlyafter arriving, she began taking vocal lessons with Brett Manning.[4] Prior to forming Paramore, Williams and bassist Jeremy Davis, along with friend Kimee Read, took part in a funk cover band called The Factory, while Josh and Zac Farro had practiced together after school.[2][5] The other members of what was soon to be Paramore had been "edgy about the whole female thing" of having Williams asvocalist, but, because they were really good friends, she started writing for them.[6] The band was officially formed by Josh Farro (lead guitar/backing vocals), Zac Farro (drums), Jeremy Davis (bass guitar) and Hayley Williams (lead vocals) in 2004,[7] with the later addition of Williams' neighbor[2] Jason Bynum (rhythm guitar). According to Williams, the name "Paramore" came from the maiden nameof the mother of one of their first bass players.[8] Once the group learned the meaning of the homophone "paramour" ("secret lover"), they decided to adopt the name, using the Paramore spelling.[6]
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, includingthe concert festivals Purple Door and Warped Tour.
Paramore's record deal was first considered when Atlantic Records' A&R Steve Robertson and Tom Storms were sent the band's demo by Kings Of Leon manager Kent Markus.[9] Agreeing that they heard a great voice they set up a meeting with their boss.[9] According to Robertson in an interview with HitQuarters, when the label first held discussions withthe band, Williams wanted the label to understand who she and her band was from the very start, "She wanted to make sure that we didn’t look at her as some straight to Top 40 pop princess. She wanted to make sure that she and her band got the chance to show what they can do as a rock band writing their own songs."[9]
Head of Warner Music Group, Lyor Cohen had already identified Fueled by Ramenas a label they should partner with and it was decided the rock label would make an ideal match for Paramore.[9] According to Robertson, when the band were presented to Fueled by Ramen's CEO John Janick, "he got the vision of the band immediately."[9] Janick went to a Taste of Chaos performance in Orlando, Florida to see the band perform live. In April 2005, after a smaller private performance at awarehouse, the band was signed to Atlantic Records and Fueled By Ramen.[10][9]
Paramore traveled back to Orlando, Florida, but shortly after arriving, Jeremy Davis left 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 albumartwork also reflected Paramore's grief as Hayley 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."[10] Recording took three weeks, and promotional material for the album only featured the four remaining members.
Before touring, the band added John Hembree...
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