Pop-punk group Paramore is losing two of its founding members. The band announced that guitarist Josh Farro and drummer Zac Farro are leaving.
The announcement led to a lot of noise on the Web. Almost immediately, Web searches for "paramore breakup" and "paramore band splits" surged into breakout status.
The band posted a statement on its official site confirming that the split had been in the works for some time.
"A couple of months ago, Josh and Zac let us know they would be leaving the band after our show in Orlando last Sunday. None of us were really shocked. 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."
The band's three remaining members, including frontwoman Hayley Williams, have no plans to leave the band. "We never for a second thought about leaving any of this behind. We really hope that you can be encouraged by the fact that the three of us who are still here are ready to take on another chapter of our journey together."
The band addresses past conflicts in its new music video for "Playing God," Reuters reports. In the clip, Williams poisons, retrains, and interrogates her bandmates.
2010 was in many ways a breakout year for Paramore. The group's hit song, "The Only Exception," was nominated for a Grammy for best pop performance by a duo or group with vocals. It was also covered by singer-actress Lea Michele on "Glee."
The group's performance in the Search box was also something special. Paramore finishes the year among Yahoo's top 5,000 overall terms. Lead singer Williams's year on the Web was equally impressive. Over the past 30 days, online lookups on the electric redhead are up over 34%. Spin magazine reports that the band will record a new album in 2011.
Check out the official video for "Playing God" below.
- Josh Farro
- Hayley Williams
- Zac Farro