American rock band

Paramore is an American alternative rock band formed in 2004 in Franklin, Tennessee. At first there were 4 members, Hayley Williams, Josh and Zac Farro and Jeremy Davis. In 2009, Taylor York joined the band. Now there are 3 members - singer Hayley Williams, drummer Zac Farro, and guitarist Taylor York. They have released five studio albums: All We Know Is Falling, RIOT!, Brand New Eyes, and Paramore, After Laughter and a live album: 'The Final Riot!' Their most successful album is Paramore, which reached No.1 on US Billboard 200[1] and sold over 1,000,000 copies. Their song "Monster" was used in 2011 for the 3rd Transformers movie. Paramore also released an EP called The Summer Tic.

Paramore live at Garuda Wisnu Kencana in Bali on August, 2011.
Paramore live at Garuda Wisnu Kencana in Bali on August, 2011.
Background information
OriginFranklin, Tennessee, USA
GenresAlternative rock, emo, pop punk
Years active2004 (2004)–present
LabelsFueled by Ramen
MembersHayley Williams
Zac Farro
Taylor York
Past member(s)Josh Farro
Zac Farro
Jason Bynum
John Hembree
Hunter Lamb
Jeremy Davis

History change

Paramore was originally formed in 2004 in Franklin, Tennessee, United States. The members then were vocalist Hayley Williams, lead guitarist Josh Farro, drummer Zac Farro, and bassist Jeremy Davis.[2] Later rhythm guitarist Jason Bynum joined. The name "Paramore" came from the name of their first bassist's mother.[3] When they learned the meaning of the word "paramour" (it means "secret lover"), they decided to use the name under Paramore spelling.[4]

2005: All We Know Is Falling change

Paramore went to Orlando, Florida to start working on their first album. Shortly after, Jeremy Davis left the band for personal reasons. Hayley Williams then wrote the song "All We Know" about his leaving. The band later decided to work the album around that idea, about someone that left something. The album artwork also describes that concept. 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."[5] Recording took three weeks, and promotional material for the album only used the four remaining members.

Before starting on tour, the band added bassist John Hembree.[6] But soon, Jeremy Davis returned to Paramore after being asked by the band to replace Hembree.

All We Know Is Falling released on July 24, 2005. Paramore also released "Pressure" as their first single. The music video for that song was directed by Shane Drake. The song had failed to get into the charts. In July, they released the second single, called "Emergency". In the music video, Hunter Lamb was their new rhythm guitarist, replacing Jason Bynum.[7] The music video was directed by Shane Drake again. The third single, "All We Know", was released with the video made with live performances and backstage footage. The album reached #30 on the [[Billboard {magazine}|]] Heatseekers Chart. In 2007, Hunter Lamb left the band to get married.[7]

2007: Riot! and other projects change

Paramore started recording their second album, called Riot! in January 2007. In the recording process, guitarist Josh Farro played all guitar parts because Hunter Lamb's had left.[8] Then Farro's asked their old friend, Taylor York, to joined the band as rhythm guitarist for touring.[9] They released Riot! on June 12, 2007. Riot! entered the Billboard 200 at number 20 and the UK charts at number 24. The album sold 44,000 copies in its first week in the United States.[9]

They called the album "Riot" because it meant "a sudden outburst of uncontrolled emotion".[10] The first single from the album, "Misery Business", was released on June 21, 2007. Williams said, "[the song was] more honest than anything I've ever written, and the guys matched that emotion musically."[11]

The second single from "Riot!" is called "Hallelujah". It was released on July 30, 2007. The single is only available on UK television and online. The music video features live performances and backstage footage, just like All We Know. In August, Paramore was in New Found Glory's music video for their cover of Sixpence None the Richer's song "Kiss Me".

The music video for "Crushcrushcrush" was released on October 11, 2007, as the third single from Riot!. The music video of "Crushcrushcrush" featured Paramore playing the song in a desert being spied on by some people, and later crushed their equipment. The single was released in the United States on November 19. It was available in the United Kingdom on November 12, 2007.[12] Hayley Williams did guest vocals for the songs "The Church Channel" and "Plea" for the Say Anything's album In Defense of the Genre that released on October 23, 2007.

Early in February 2008, Paramore started their Europe tour.[13] However on February 21, 2008, they said that they had canceled some shows to fix their personal issues. Williams wrote on the band's website that "the break will give that band a chance to get away and work out our personal issues". reported rumors of problems had started earlier in the month when Josh Farro expressed his anger against the media's focus on Hayley Williams.[14] In the middle of those problems, Paramore recorded the music video for "That's What You Get", the album's fourth single. That was released on March 24, 2008.

On May 19, 2008, Paramore posted on their website to say they would be going on tour named "The Final Riot!" from July 25 to September 1.

The band had 2 songs in the soundtrack of the movie Twilight. Those songs are "Decode" and "I Caught Myself". "Decode" is the first single of the soundtrack. The band started shoot the music video in October 13. The video premiered on November 3, 2008.

On November 25, 2008, Paramore released a live album named The Final Riot!. The album has a bonus DVD with a full concert recorded in Chicago, and a behind the scenes documentary. On 9 of April 2009, The Final Riot! was certified gold in the US.

2009: Brand New Eyes change

Paramore released their third studio album called "Brand New Eyes" on September 29, 2009. In this album Taylor York was already a member of Paramore. Paramore decided to named the album "Brand New Eyes" because it means "seeing things from a whole new perspective" after all the personal problems in the band. Williams said, "Just trying to let go of whatever we might have struggled with the past and just see each other in a new way." They released 5 singles from this album. They are "Ignorance", "Brick By Boring Brick", "The Only Exception", "Careful", and "Playing God".

2010 - 2011: Farro's departure change

On December 18, 2010, Paramore posted on their official website that Josh Farro and Zac Farro had officially left the band.[15] The post stated, "...A couple of months ago, Josh and Zac let us know they would be leaving the band after our show in Orlando last Sunday. None of us were really shocked. For the last year it hasn't seemed as if they wanted to be around anymore. We want Josh and Zac to do something that makes them happy and if that isn't here with us, then we support them finding happiness elsewhere. But we never for a second thought about leaving any of this behind..."

On December 22, 2010, Josh Farro post a response on his Blogger account, telling his version about his departure. The post that Josh wrote was entirely different from the band's post. He said that the band was no more than "a manufactured product of a major-label." He also blame Hayley Williams for treating the rest of the group members as her solo project.

On February 2, 2011, Josh Farro confirmed that he is now in the new band called Novel American.[16][17][18]

On March 21, 2011, Paramore said that they were about to entering a studio in Los Angeles with producer Rob Cavallo to record their next studio-album.[19][20]

2013 change

In January 2013, Paramore came back with a new album called Paramore.

2017 change

They released their new album 'After Laughter'.

2023 change

Paramore's latest album, "This Is Why" came out in February 2023, and reached #2 on the Billboard 200 chart in the United States.[21]

Awards change

Title Award Nominated work Result
Grammy Awards Best New Artist Paramore Nominated
2008 MTV Video Music Awards Best Rock Video "crushcrushcrush" Nominated
MTV Video Music Brasil International Artist Paramore Won
MTV European Music Awards Rock Out Paramore Nominated
Los Premios MTV Latinoamérica Best New Artist — International Paramore Nominated
Los Premios MTV Latinoamérica Best Rock Artist — International Paramore Nominated
Los Premios MTV Latinoamérica Premio Fashionista 2008 Hayley Williams Nominated
Woodie Awards Woodie of the Year Paramore Won
American Music Awards T-Mobile Breakthrough Artist Paramore Nominated Best Video of 2008 "That's What You Get" Second of 32 Best Video of 2009 "Ignorance" Third of 40
Teen Choice Awards 2008 Breakout Group Paramore Nominated
Teen Choice Awards 2008 Rock Track "crushcrushcrush" Won
Teen Choice Awards 2008 Rock Group Paramore Won
Kerrang Readers' Poll 2008 Sexiest Female Hayley Williams Won
Teen Choice Awards 2009 Choice Rock Group Paramore Won
Teen Choice Awards 2009 Choice Rock Track "Decode" Won
Shockwaves NME Awards 2009 Sexiest Female Hayley Williams Won
MTV Australia Awards 2009 Best Rock Video "Decode" Nominated
MTV Movie Awards 2009 Best Song from a Movie "Decode" Nominated
2009 MTV Video Music Awards Best Rock Song "Decode" Nominated
2009 Kerrang! Best 100 Rock Videos Best Rock Video "Misery Business" Third
2009 Kerrang! Best 100 Rock Videos Best Rock Video "crushcrushcrush" Five
Kerrang! Reader's Poll 2009 Best Track "Ignorance" Won
Kerrang! Reader's Poll 2009 Sexiest Female Hayley Williams Won
2009 MTV Latin Music Awards Fashionista Award Hayley Williams Won
2009 MTV Europe Music Awards Best Alternative Paramore Nominated
36th People's Choice Awards Favorite Rock Band Paramore Won
2010 Grammy Awards Best Song Written For Motion Picture "Decode" TBA
2011 MTV Europe Music Awards Biggests Fans Paramore Nominated
2011 Grammy Awards Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals "The Only Exception" Nominated

Members change

Current Members change

  • Hayley Williams - Lead Vocals (2004-now)
  • Zac Farro - Drums, Percussion (2004-2010), (2017-now)
  • Taylor York - Lead Guitar (2010-now), Rhythm Guitar (2007-now)
  • Brian Robert Jones - Rhythm Guitar, Backing Vocals (2022-now)
  • Joey Mullen - Percussion (2017-now)
  • Joey Howard - Bassist (2016-now)
  • Logan MacKenzie - Guitar, Synth, Keyboard (2017-now)

Tour support change

  • Jon Howard - Rhythm Guitar, Keyboard, Backing Vocal (2010-now)
  • Justin York - Lead Guitar (2009), Rhythm Guitar (2011-now)
  • Joey Howard - Bass Guitar (2015-now)
  • Logan Mackenzie - Rhythm Guitar (2017-now)

Past members change

  • John Hembree – bass guitar (2005)
  • Jason Bynum – rhythm guitar, backing vocals (2004–2005)
  • Hunter Lamb – rhythm guitar (2005–2007)
  • Josh Farro – lead guitar, backing vocals (2004–2010)

Discography change

Studio albums change

EPs change

Live albums change

References change

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