This past weekend, Paramore's remaining members, singer Hayley Williams, bassist Jeremy Davis, guitarist Taylor York, released a statement telling fans that Josh and Zac Farro decided to leave the band.
The brothers just released their own statement on Josh's blog, admitting that they're not too happy about how things went down. In fact, Josh says he had a statement ready to, but Hayley put Paramore's statement up without his permission.
Josh explains that he and Zac started a garage band in high school that they asked Hayley to join. Hayley soon went off on her own to record solo demos, then asked the boys if she could use the song "Conspiracy" that they had all written together. Josh and Zac wound up re-joining the band, and eventually Hayley signed a contract on her own. "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," Josh writes.
They rerecorded demos, the band toured for two and a half years, and Hayley's dad acted as their tour manager and van driver. "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," Josh writes. "We've always been treated as less important than Hayley. It's been obvious how her family views things."
Josh claims the band grew further apart after releasing their albums Riot and brand new eyes, and touring was difficult because they couldn't agree on anything, and they finally decided to leave the band. "We truly feel that God is leading us elsewhere and is going to do great things with us," Josh says.
To read Josh's full exit statement, click here.
Do you think it was a good idea for Josh to release his own exit statement? Are you still a Paramore fan?