In what has come as somewhat of a shock, Paramore has announced that bassist Jeremy Davis is parting ways with the band. Their statement reads as follows:
“These last few years have held some of the most fulfilling moments we’ve had yet… as people, as friends, and as a band. The Self-Titled era was one that we knew would be important for us but also one we’d eventually have to move on from. In moving forward, there is growth, pain, and change… and sometimes the change is not at all what you hoped for. We’ve written and re-written this countless times and there’s just not a good way to put it… Jeremy is no longer going to be in the band with us. To be honest, this has been really painful. After taking time to consider how to move forward, we ultimately found that we really do believe Paramore can and should continue on. And so we will.
We’re really thankful for the people who have helped see us through hard times before and what we’ve discovered is that those people are just as much a part of this as we will ever be. We’re hopeful for Paramore’s future and we’re also excited for what Jeremy’s going to do next. Thank you all for your support and your belief in us. It’s kept us going. We will see some of you really soon on Parahoy. If you’re not coming on the cruise, we will still see you in 2016.”
Jeremy Davis has been Paramore’s bassist since the band’s inception in 2004, minus a short period of time in 2005 where he briefly left the band (and subsequently did not play on their debut album, All We Know Is Falling). Davis rejoined the band for touring in support of that album and stayed on ever since, playing on Riot!, Brand New Eyes and the band’s most recent album, 2013’s Paramore. There is no word on who will replace him. This leaves frontwoman Hayley Williams as the sole original member of Paramore; guitarist Taylor York joined the band in 2007.