Formation of Paramore:
The seeds of Paramore were sown when 13-year-old Hayley Williams moved from Mississippi to Franklin, Tennessee. There she met brothers Josh and Zac Farro. The Farro brothers asked Williams to join their band, and, with the addition of Jason Bynum on guitar and Jeremy Davis on bass, the group began looking for gigs. Throughout 2004 the band began building their buzz in Nashville. Their first real break occurred when Fueled By Ramen founder John Janick spotted them at a gig in Florida and decided to sign them to his label.
A native of Meridian, Mississippi, Hayley Williams moved to Franklin, Tennessee at the age of 13. She had already been writing songs and trying to improve her vocal talents. In Franklin, she met Jeremy Davis at an audition for his band. Later, in school, she met the Farro brothers. They introduced her to bands such as the Cure and U2. Williams was encouraged to expand her own musical horizons and write song lyrics with deeper, more complex meaning. Hayley Williams is the visual focus of Paramore with her eye-catching red hair.
Josh Farro is lead guitarist for Paramore and the older of the two Farro brothers. He was born in September, 1987, just over a year older than Hayley Williams. Josh began playing the guitar at the age of 13 and put together a band with his brother Zac. They began covering a wide variety of bands including Weezer, Sum 41, and Incubus. Eventually, when looking for a vocalist, they discovered Hayley Williams had an outstanding voice. She introduced the Farros to Jeremy Davis and Paramore was born.
Zac Farro became interested in playing drums at the age of 9 through a school program called "Bach to Rock." After volunteering to try out a "shiny red drum kit" in school, Zac was convinced of his future musical path. When he received his first real drum kit at age 11, he immediately formed a band with his older brother Josh. They called themselves the Josh and Zac Duo. Zac met Hayley Williams around the time he and Josh were looking for a vocalist. She seemed to fit the part well and soon the teenagers became Paramore.
Jeremy Davis learned to play bass to accompany his dad's singing in church. He also attended a middle school that encouraged his musical talents as part of a program called "Kids On Stage." In one of the classes, Jeremy got to form a rock band and play cover songs. Eventually he put together a funk and soul cover band and began playing a variety of local venues. He met Hayley Williams when she asked to try out as a vocalist for his band. A year and a half later, she called Jeremy when Paramore was coming together and invited him to be the band's bass player.
All We Know Is Falling:
Paramore's first album for Fueled By Ramen was All We Know Is Falling. It was released on July 26, 2005. The title refers to the group's feelings when Jeremy Davis temporarily left the band. The album reached #30 on the Billboard Heatseeker chart but failed to reach the Billboard 200 album chart. However, it was enough to gain the group additional notice in the music press.
Frequent touring began to build a fan base for Paramore in 2005 and 2006. The group were part of the Warped Tour in 2005 and 2006. They headed to the UK for the first time in October, 2006. A US headlining tour in the fall of 2006 helped fuel notices in the music press as one of the "next big things" in rock music. The UK's NME named Paramore as one of ten new bands to watch out for in 2007.
Paramore's second album Riot! was released on June 12, 2007 in the US. It debuted at #20 on the Billboard 200 album chart. By early September, the album was entering the top 15. It included the single "Misery Business" which reached the top 30 of the pop singles chart in September, 2007.