Paramore knocked Madonna off the top of the UK albums chart last Sunday (october 4) with their third album ‘Brand New Eyes’. To mark the pop-punk gang’s assault on the mainstream, here are a few things you might not know about them.
The members of Paramore are all Christians. Josh Farro said in an interview with the BBC: “Our faith is very important to us. But we’re not out here to preach to kids, we’re out here because we love music.” Pic: Dan Dennison
In the early days the band attempted Bible Study while on the road, but now they don’t get time. Says Williams: “I’m not Southern Baptist. I’m not Presbyterian. I’m not any one thing. I just believe in Jesus.” Pic: PA Photos
It’s a mark, perhaps, of their Deep South upbringing – they’re from Tennessee, like Kings Of Leon – that the band are all pro-gun ownership. The guys in the band all own guns, and Hayley wants to “get a revolver. It’s fun to be a hillbilly sometimes.” Pic: Pamela Likkly
Paramore’s chart success marks the end of a turbulent period. In February 2008, singer Hayley Williams suggested the band were on the verge of splitting, due to “internal issues”. Pic: PA Photos
Guitarist Josh Farro likes to pass the long tourbus hours by drawing caricatures of himself and his bandmates. Though his brother Zac protests: “He always draws me so fat; I look like I have a donut face.” Pic: Danny North
None of the band drinks much alcohol. Indeed, their tourbus is entirely dry. “All we do is watch movies, get on our computers and make music,” Zac says of the band’s bus activities. Pic: PA Photos
One of Hayley Williams’ most treasured possessions is a camouflage hunting knife – an emblem of her Deep South upbringing. “We’re hillbillies at heart,” she says. Pic: Pieter M Van Hattem
Prior to the release of ‘Brand New Eyes’, Paramore were getting on so badly they considered giving up. “You know those bands that travel separately because they hate each other and they get offstage and don’t talk to each other? That’s what it was for us,” Hayley Williams told Kerrang! Pic: Ed Miles
As a teen Hayley Williams took singing lessons from renowned vocal coach Brett Manning. Previous students of his include such clean-cut all-American pop stars as Taylor Swift and Miley Cyrus. Pic: James Looker
The album artwork of debut album ‘All We Know Is Falling’ shows an empty sofa, signifying the exit of early bassist Jeremy Davis. “It’s all about Jeremy leaving us and us feeling like there’s an empty space,” explains Williams. Pic: Pieter M Van Hattem
Joining the ranks of The Beatles, Kurt Cobain, Slash and Ozzy Osbourne, Hayley Williams has been rendered in digital form and is available as a playable character in the best-selling ‘Guitar Hero’ series.
Before joining Paramore Hayley Williams was in a local funk cover band called The Factory.
Paramore were signed to label Fuelled by Ramen after boss John Janick had seen them play live just once. “Their talent, sincerity and dedication exceed that of many bands,” he said.
Paramore are due to make a guest appearance on upcoming Timbaland album, ‘Shock Value 2’. Other contributors are Lady Gaga, Kings Of Leon and Katy Perry. Pic: Guy Eppel
Frontwoman Hayley Williams has won both NME and Kerrang! awards for Sexiest Female. Pic: Ed Miles
Williams and guitarist Josh Farro are rumoured to have been in a secret relationship for a period of time, with their break up thought to be the cause of six gigs being cancelled in 2008. Williams has since been linked with New Found Glory’s Chad Gilbert.
Drummer Zac Farro has been touring with Paramore since he was 12 years old and has never graduated from high school. He is currently finishing high school via an online schooling programme. Pic: Pieter M Van Hattem
Two of the band’s songs, ‘Decode’ and ‘I Caught Myself’, appear on the soundtrack to cult teen vampire movie ‘Twilight’. Pic: PA Photos
Williams has long-term ambitions. She says that her ultimate goal is to, “Make music that people, 30 or 40 years from now, wish they’d been around for.” Pic: Danny North