Paramore (formed 2004)
Paramore is an American rock band from Tennessee. The line up of the band is Hayley Williams on lead vocals and keyboard, Taylor York on rhythm guitar, Josh Farro on lead guitar and back-up vocals, Zac Farro on drums and Jeremy Davis on bass guitar.
Hayley Williams met the Farro brothers when she moved from Lauderdale County to Franklin, Tennessee, to attend private school. Initially, she played in a funk covers band along with Jeremy Davis, which was called The Factory.
The name Paramore is the maiden name of a previous bass player's mother.
In their formative months, the band played in and around Nashville, including a slot on the Vans Warped Tour. After watching Paramore perform at the Taste of Chaos festival, John Janick signed the band to the Fueled By Ramen label.
Paramore: Debut Album & Beyond
A short time before they were due to record their debut album, Jeremy Davis left the band. The remaining four members continued with the planned recordings. The song 'All We Know' was written about his departure and the album, All We Know Is Falling is also thematically based around him leaving the band.
Before touring to promote the album, John Hembree was added to the band's line-up to replace Davis. However, Davis was later asked to rejoin the band, which he did, as Hembree had left after less than five months of Davis' absence.
The director Shane Drake directed the first two videos for the band, for the singles 'Pressure' and 'Emergency'.
In 2006, Paramore were featured on the Winter Go West Tour, along with The Lashes and Amber Pacific - both Seattle bands. Later that year, Hayley Williams provided vocals for October Fall on their song 'Upside Down'. The following year, she followed this by singing on 'Then Came To Kill' by The Chariot.
Paramore covered 'My Hero' by Foo Fighters for inclusion on the Sound of Superman soundtrack.
In the summer of 2006, Paramore embarked on their first headline US tour, with support from the likes of Cute Is What We Aim For and Hit The Lights.
Paramore' second album, entitled Riot! was released in June 2007. Following the departure of the original guitarist, Hunter Lamb, Taylor York joined the line-up. The album was produced by David Bendeth, who had previously worked with Breaking Benjamin and Your Vegas. The lead single from the album was 'Misery Business'.
At the 50th Grammy Awards in 2008, Paramore were nominated for the Best New Artist category but lost the award to Amy Winehouse. Early that year, they toured with New Found Glory and Kids in Glass Houses to promote the release of Riot! Following a short break to resolve differences within the band, Paramore hit the road again, this time with Jimmy Eat World.
When the film Twilight was released, two Paramore songs were included on the soundtrack - 'I Caught Myself' and 'Decode'.
A live album entitled The Final Riot! was released in November 2008.
In early 2009, Paramore were announced as a support act for No Doubt's Summer Tour.