FRANKLIN, Tennessee — There really wasn’t much left to say.
After Paramore’s “Last Word” interview, they had already discussed their reactions and responses to the Farro brothers’ “Exit Statement,” plus revealed how the inner-workings of Hayley Williams’ and Josh Farro’s relationship made their way onto the band’s Brand New Eyes album . So now, the only thing still left on the table was their inevitable return — and, as you can probably expect, this was the topic they had been waiting to weigh in on the entire time.
Because, really, Paramore have already begun to put the Farros behind them, with a tour of South America scheduled for next month and a batch of demos in the hopper. And, as they told us, fans are going to be hearing new material from them a lot sooner than they probably realize.
“We will definitely release songs [in 2011],” Williams said. “Who knows if a full album will come out of it? But obviously we’d love that. It would be fun. We definitely want to put stuff out for our fans to party with us.”
And those new songs are already shaping up to be unlike anything the band has done before, which is inevitable, really.
“The thing is, we’re going to be different. We lost two really big parts of this band, so it’s going to be different, but we’re still Paramore. We’ve all written together before, so it’s not like we’re losing our style. We’re not going to become an R&B/soul/funk band,” guitarist Taylor York laughed. “We’re more excited than ever. And we’re not going to put out something that’s not good. Next year, when we say we’re taking time off, it means we’re writing until we have something that’s great. And we’re not going to stop until it’s great. Of course, Josh and Zac were a really big part of the band, so people are going to miss them — it’s natural — but, we’re here now.”
And though they’re moving on, Paramore will be the first ones to admit that, when they take the stage again, things are going to feel a little different. They’ll be doing it without two of their founding members, only one of whom Williams mentioned, of course.
“I’m really going to miss Zac [Farro] a whole lot. Zac is one of my favorite drummers in the world, [and] he has been since I was 13 years old. That’s really going to suck. But I don’t want him to ever not be happy. And, if he stayed, for me to turn around and see him not happy, that would suck worse than not seeing him at all. That will be the hardest part to get used to,” she said. “I mean, yes, Josh Freese [who will man the kit on their South American jaunt, is an] incredible drummer. I think he’s the best guy we could’ve gotten to come do this tour with us, but no one will ever replace Zac in my heart. Zac is one of my favorite people.
“And you know what? Yeah, it will suck, but I think that now that we are so unified that the three of us know exactly what we’re doing, we want to be here so bad, and I think that’s going to feel really good, to know that we’re not dragging anyone around, we’re not making anyone do anything they don’t want to do. That’s going to be exciting,” she continued. “And I guess I don’t have any regrets about it. I just feel like, ’Let’s just start this new chapter already,’ because it can only be great. We’re not going to let ourselves not be great.”
Watch Paramore’s “Last Word” interview now.