It's been a rowdy year for Paramore. The band won a Grammy, as well as a skully at the APMAs for Best Vocalist. Of course this is nothing new, as the band has received a variety of awards over their career--from Teen's Choice, to Radio Disney, and countless others. However last night, the band published a note on their Facebook page, announcing another landmark in the band's history: the departure of original bassist, Jeremy Davis.
Davis had worked on all four of the band's studio albums. He was an original member of the band, but now leaves Hayley Williams, the only original member, along with Taylor York.
Many fans have been reacting negatively, saying that Hayley's dreams of becoming a solo artist are getting closer. Others have lashed out and brought up the painful departure of Josh and Zac Farro, the original guitarist and drummer, and saying things that insinuate it's all been downhill since they left, and that Hayley planned this all along when she signed up with the record label. Still, the majority of fans have been writing supportive comments and wishing both Paramore and Jeremy great success in their futures.
The band's post covers the basics, noting some of their highlights and the growing pains that come from being an expanding band. They confirm that Paramore will be continuing, and that they're very thankful for all the support from their fans over the years.
You can read the full statement below.
"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."