The angst was underscored by the fact that Williams was the only one in Paramore technically signed to Atlantic Records.
B.’s otherwise dishwater radio hit “Airplanes.” As the tune floated up the Billboard singles chart, fans wondered whether the singer was branding herself as a solo artist.
Williams, Davis and York insist that idea was never in play, and three years later, they have the best Paramore album ever recorded to prove it.
In 2010, it finally became too much for Josh and Zac Farro, two brothers who founded the band. And then they blogged about it, entering an ugly crossfire of keystrokes with Williams, guitarist Taylor York and bassist Jeremy Davis.
Watching the breach play out on a computer screen was both sad and strange.
Josh Farro doesn't seem to have any regrets about leaving Paramore with brother Zac Farro in December.
On December 18 last year, he released a statement saying why he wanted to leave the band, which basically said it was because Paramore was a whole load of manufactured-ness and the band was all about Hayley Williams.
The band’s vivacious new self-titled album, out Tuesday, finds the trio dusting each other off, talking a little trash and strutting into a brilliant, technicolor sunset.
“Even if I tried, I could never not have this coursing through my veins,” says Williams of the band she joined at 14.
But flanked by York and Davis backstage on the couch, she still seems the tiniest bit squirmy about Paramore’s first steps back into the pop wilderness.
“Everything is falling into place the way it’s supposed to,” she says.
“I don’t know if we’re aware of our boundaries at this moment. “We have a better relationship with each other than ever and we’re more open to ideas, and trying things, and taking ourselves outside of the past.” Over the new album’s 17 tracks, the trio negotiates a fresh reconciliation between rock crunch, emo bluster, R&B verve and pop gloss that should make Pink, Kelly Clarkson and Fall Out Boy all grind their molars.