Nashville emo-pop greats Paramore now have exactly one original member left in the band. Five years ago, guitarist Josh Farro and drummer Zac Farro both left the band, and it was a messy split. And last night, the band announced that founding bassist Jeremy Davis would no longer be a member. Right now, the band’s only members are frontwoman Hayley Williams, who was always the obvious star of the band anyway, and guitarist Taylor York, who joined in 2007. Here’s the Facebook statement from the band:
These last few years have held some of the most fulfilling moments we’ve had yet… as people, as friends, and as a band. The Self-Titled era was one that we knew would be important for us but also one we’d eventually have to move on from. In moving forward, there is growth, pain, and change… and sometimes the change is not at all what you hoped for. We’ve written and re-written this countless times and there’s just not a good way to put it… Jeremy is no longer going to be in the band with us. To be honest, this has been really painful. After taking time to consider how to move forward, we ultimately found that we really do believe Paramore can and should continue on. And so we will.
We’re really thankful for the people who have helped see us through hard times before and what we’ve discovered is that those people are just as much a part of this as we will ever be. We’re hopeful for Paramore’s future and we’re also excited for what Jeremy’s going to do next. Thank you all for your support and your belief in us. It’s kept us going. We will see some of you really soon on Parahoy. If you’re not coming on the cruise, we will still see you in 2016.
Parahoy is the band’s cruise, which starts 3/5 in Miami. Besides Paramore, the lineup includes Chvrches, X Ambassadors, Lights, and New Found Glory.