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15 December 2015, 11:10
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Shocking news for Paramore fans today as original member Jeremy Davis has left and the band issuing a lengthy explanatory Facebook post:
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.Paramore
It's a particularly surprising decision given that the self-titled era of the band has been arguably their most successful, seeing them move into arena filling, stadium headlining status, not to mention the best reviews of their career and a smash hit crossover single in "Ain't It Fun".
Still, as the post says, the band will continue on with Hayley and Taylor at the forefront. So, with that in mind, we have a few questions we will be looking to be answered in the coming months:
After the various exits of his fellow bandmates, Brendon Urie has turned Panic! into something of a solo operation, at least in the studio, recruiting new bandmates only for the road. Will Paramore follow a similar path? Or will we see a new band mate(s) be welcomed into the fold in a more hands-on capacity?
Paramore was easily their most diverse release to date, from the stabby guitars of "Fast In My Car" and "Anklebiters" to the acoustic folky vibes of "Hate To See Your Heart Break" and the heartbreaking ballad "Last Hope", arguably their best piece of songwriting. Will the new lineup encourage Hayley and Taylor to head further down this eclectic musical path? Or will they attempt something completely different to the previous release, perhaps more akin to their pop punk roots?
Line-up changes take time, not to mention a heavy emotional toll. After an already intensive album and touring campaign, we had expected to wait a while for a new album but the wait may have, understandably, now been extended. Still, their Facebook message does end with the line "we will still see you in 2016" so who knows.
She has always been asked this question and whilst her dedication to the band has never been in doubt, it would be interesting to see her explore her poppier side more as she did on "Stay The Night". Perhaps further collaborations in the dance arena are in order such as the long awaited CHVRCHES collaboration.
Also in the final line of the press release is "We will see some of you really soon on Parahoy." Does this include Jeremy? Will the cruise see the final shows of the current lineup in front of their most dedicated fans? It would certainly make for a hell of a send off!
We have no idea at this stage what his reasons for leaving the band are but we can presume that he has not lost his love of making music. Former guitarist Josh Farro recently re-emerged into the spotlight with some long awaited solo material. How long will it be before Jeremy follows suit, either on his own or in a new band setup?
Whatever the answers to these questions, we, as fans, wish the best to all involved and look forward to hearing whatever comes next in whatever form it arrives. Let us know your own thoughts below.