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Paramore singer Hayley Williams has begun opening up in a handful of new interviews about the rocky few years that the band has gone through since the 2009 release of its last album, Brand New Eyes. With its fourth studio effort finally coming out on April 9th, Williams has started to talk about the record -- the first without founding members Josh and Zac Farro, who left the group in December 2010 and called it the "manufactured product of a major label."
Williams admitted to Rolling Stone that the band could have come to an end following the departure of Josh and Zac, guitarist and drummer respectively, saying, "There were definitely days I would wake up and think it would be so easy to put up some sort of letter saying we've had a good run. And then there were days that you would wake up and you would have a song in your head and know that there is purpose."
Asked if the Farros' abrupt and angry exit surprised them, guitarist Taylor York replied, "I don't think that that kind of separation or breaking off is ever an easy thing or ever comes without messiness of some form, but I don't think we knew it was going to get that crazy and that dramatic. So that was a surprise."
Williams and York wrote the songs for the album together, with Williams saying, "For the first time, I'm not angry on every song, I'm not spitting lyrics. I'm singing lyrics, and it's nice . . . I don't really feel like I'm standing there screaming at a wall anymore. It felt so healthy to write it."
The core lineup of the band is now Williams, York and bassist Jeremy Davis, with York's brother Justin also on guitar and Jon Howard on keyboards for touring and possibly more. The group has yet to settle on a drummer. As for tour plans, Williams said, "Honestly, we're still trying to figure that out."