It seems like there is always a lot of controversy in the world of music and film. When something happens, the media blows it up and unnecessary drama is caused. For Paramore fans, the recent split of brothers Josh and Zac Farro was enough to make fans crazy, but what happened after the announcement of their departure just sent things into a whirlwind. After reading and reviewing articles and listening to many interviews on this topic, this is my own conclusion and insight on the departure of the Farro brothers.
If you are a Paramore fan, I’m sure you already know about the drama with the breakup of the band. Many people have drawn their own conclusions and taken either persons side without even knowing the full story. This is where the importance of the music gets lost, when it becomes all about the “He said, she said”.
Let me give you a quick recap of what happened: The Farro Brothers announced to the rest of the band late last year that they would be leaving after their show in Orlando, the reason being that they weren’t happy with the band anymore, and it was time to move on. This saddened the rest of the remaining members, but they wanted what was best for Josh and Zac. The band planned on letting the brothers themselves announce that they would be leaving, but before they could, a fake post on their blog was written, stating that the band was breaking up. With fans going crazy, Paramore realized that they needed to let everyone in on the truth, before the public heard anything else that wasn’t true. The next day they posted on their blog that the Farro brothers would indeed be leaving the band, but made it clear that the remaining three members were still moving forward with Paramore. They were courteous and kind in the way that they made the statement, and although fans were upset with this news, it was said in the best possible way.
A few days later, Josh Farro wrote a post on his blog that contradicted everything we had heard on their departure thus far. He stated that the band didn’t even give him a chance to tell fans that he and his brother were leaving. He also stated several accusations against Hayley Williams and her family, saying that the band was all about her the whole time, and that Paramore never really was a “band”, but that they were riding on the coattails of Hayley’s dream. He went on to say some other very negative things, and this caused much controversy in what would’ve been an otherwise pretty peaceful situation. Fans began taking sides on who to believe, and it quickly became all about the drama. Paramore addressed the many questions of the fans and public in an online interview with MTV on December 30, 2010.
I am not writing this article to cause further drama or confusion, but to state my own thoughts on the departure of the Farro brothers. I first of all, don’t think that the Farro’s should’ve given the public all this background information, whether it is truth or not. That information is the band’s business only, and I think they should’ve put a little more thought into how people were going to react before they made the blog public. The way that the three remaining members of Paramore announced the Farro brother’s departure was just fine, and I think it could’ve stopped there. Furthermore, all the things that Josh Farro accused Paramore of were all in their past history. The band has grown and matured since then, and this news caused nothing but negative feedback.
What the public and fans need to realize, is that Paramore is ready to move on. They are the same band, have the same beliefs, and mess up at times just like everyone else. They have promised us they are continuing to write more music, and even said they might have several new songs out this year. They also said that they would write until it was good, and promised that their upcoming stuff would be “great”. With the Farro brothers gone, the band obviously won’t sound exactly the same, and fans need to keep this in mind. Paramore has always been a band that writes from their heart, and their music goes to show for that. They never do anything less than their best, and even with two band members gone, this will not change. I am excited to see the growth of this band and hear new things from them. Let’s not focus on the past, but on what is to come with a band that has proven to be nothing short of amazing. I am continuing to support them, and I’m excited to be growing up along with them. I wish the best of luck to Hayley, Jeremy, and Taylor as they continue on with an amazing career.