After a long hiatus following their 2008 album “Brand New Eyes,” alternative band Paramore is finally releasing a self-titled album, dropping on April 9.
Over the past four years, the band has undergone quite the metamorphosis, losing two of its founding members and brothers, Josh (former lead guitarist) and Zac Farro (drummer).
The Farro brothers founded the band along with lead singer and keyboardist Hayley Williams in 2002, after Williams moved to their hometown of Franklin, Tenn., according to Alternative Press magazine.
Later, bassist Jeremy Davis and rhythm guitarist Taylor York joined the band and together, the five produced three hit albums, their best-selling being 2007’s “Riot,” which featured some of their most popular singles such as “That’s What You Get” and “Misery Business.”
On Dec. 18, 2010, a message to their fans appeared on Paramore’s official site, announcing the Farro brothers’ departure.
The message, said to be from Williams, Davis and York, read: “A couple of months ago, Josh and Zac let us know they would be leaving the band after our show in Orlando last Sunday… For the last year it hasn’t seemed as if they wanted to be around anymore.
“We want Josh and Zac to do something that makes them happy and if that isn’t here with us, then we support them finding happiness elsewhere. But we never for a second thought about leaving any of this behind.”
The band promised fans that they would be continuing to make music even in the absence of Josh and Zac Farro. Shortly after, the band released a few scattered singles, such as 2011’s “Monster,” which was featured on the soundtrack for “Transformers: Dark of the Moon,” and “In the Mourning,” which was recorded and then debuted on Williams’ Tumblr in 2012.
In late 2012, Paramore confirmed that they would be releasing a new self-titled album in 2013 and would also begin a tour. On Jan. 22, 2013 the band released their first single from the album, “Now,” available for download on iTunes and to stream on Spotify.
After listening to “Now,” it seems like the band has managed to maintain their signature sound despite missing its two founding members and downsizing to a trio. And while the single is solid, it is nothing too impressive or revolutionary.
Expect the album in a few weeks, when “Paramore” becomes available for streaming on Spotify. In the meantime, fans can preorder the album on the band’s site, Paramore.net, as well as download “Now” on iTunes.
As a part of their latest tour, Paramore will be at the Susquehanna Bank Center in Camden, N.J., on May 12 and at New York City’s Hammerstein Ballroom on May 16.