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Interview:
Success Is Anything But "Misery Business" For Paramore
 

By GARY GRAFF
Of the Oakland Press

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Just three years ago, the members of Paramore were knocking around bassist Jeremy Davis’ living room in Franklin, Tenn., with only modest visions for the future.

“We only had, like, three songs, and we weren’t even thinking about touring,” notes guitarist Josh Farro.

Now the quartet has two albums, a modern rock radio hit (“Misery Business”) and has embarked on its first headlining tour — all of which makes the group members “excited but also nervous,” according to Farro.

“We feel like there’s a lot of pressure for us,” says Farro, 22, who founded Paramore with his 17-year-old brother, drummer Zac Farro, Davis and singer Hayley Williams. “These kids are paying money to see us, so we want to put on that kind of amazing show that they’ll remember for the rest of their lives.

“We never thought our band would make it to this level, and we’re so thankful. It’s just shocking.”

The song that’s making it all possible, “Misery Business,” actually came out of a miserable situation, Farro says.

“We were on the Take Action! tour and Hayley got really sick, so we had to stay in the hotel for two or three days,” he recalls. “I had an acoustic guitar, so I started writing the music, and as Hayley felt better, I started to show it to her and she loved it right off the bat.

“She had the lyrics to it in a few days. It was really fast — which is maybe why it worked so well.”



Paramore and the Starting Line perform at 5:30 p.m. Saturday (Oct. 27) at Clutch Cargo’s, 65 E. Huron St., Pontiac. Tickets are $23.50. Call (248) 333-2362 or visit www.clutchcargos.com.

Web Site: www.clutchcargos.com

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