Before they were rockstars selling-out concert dates to thousands of screaming fans, they began as a garage band from Tennessee. Paramore is the premier pop punk band to rise to power in recent years, filling a gap left by Blink-182's many hiatuses. The group has become a huge success thanks to an accessible punk sound fronted by the sometimes fierce, sometimes melodic vocals of Hayley Williams. Paramore broke onto the mainstream music scene with their 2007 album, Riot!, which featured the hit single "Misery Business" and their concert dates are becoming a huge draw. With the announcement of a new album currently in the works, Paramore can currently be found on a number of concert dates, including tour dates on the 2011 Vans Warped Tour.
While the success of Paramore can be attributed to each and every member of the band, the group's formation revolves heavily around a thirteen year-old Hayley Williams. Williams moved to Franklin, Tennessee at the onset of her teen years, soon befriending schoolmates Josh and Zac Farro. She was soon signed to Atlantic Records as a solo pop artist. Williams refused and the label brought in the already formed Paramore, including the Josh Farro on lead guitar, Zac Farro on drums, Davis on bass, and Williams' neighbor Jason Bynum on play rhythm guitar.
Shortly before recording their debut album, Jeremy Davis left Paramore due to reasons that have never been fully revealed; however, he returned shortly after the release of the album. Distraught over the loss of their bassist, the remaining members of Paramore titled the album All We Know Is Falling after the incident. Shortly after the release of the album, Jason Bynum left the band and was replaced by Hunter Lamb, who would later be replaced by original rhythm guitarist Taylor York. While sales of their debut album weren't astronomical, it allowed Paramore to headline a number of sold-out concert dates.
Paramore's mainstream success came with the release of their second album, Riot!, in 2007. Riot! went platinum inside of a year as well as the hit single "Misery Business," with the album's other singles -- "Crushcrushcrush," "Hallelujah," and "That's What You Get" -- becoming successful on the radio and television. The success of the album provided the members of Paramore with plenty of concert dates on the Warped Tour in 2007, as well as loads of airtime on MTV. Paramore released their third album, Brand New Eyes, in 2009, which reached #2 on the Billboard 200 and sold 175,000 copies in the first week alone, far exceeding the release of their previous album. However, the continued focus on Williams as the leader became too much for the Farro brothers, and they departed Paramore in late 2010. That hasn't stopped Paramore from recording, or rocking huge tour dates in 2011.
Paramore announced in March of 2011 that they had returned to the studio and are working on more material, but there is no confirmation of an album yet. While fans might have to wait several months for the release of any new tunes, they won't have to wait long at all to see Paramore on tour dates in 2011. The band will head to Sweden and Finland in early July before playing concert dates in Portugal and Spain. Paramore will begin a handful of Warped Tour 2011 tour dates beginning on July 14, before kicking off a series of Hawaiian concert dates in late August. Even with two founding members gone, fans shouldn't count out the continued success of Paramore.
Foster The People:
Few bands have been able to have a top 10 album as quickly as indie pop up-and-comers Foster the People. With only one album out, Torches, Foster the People has captured the attention of audiences around the world with their hit single, "Pumped Up Kicks." Their success is all the more surprising considering the song deals with a school shooting, but the catchy dance sound that's indicative of the entire album has struck a favorable chord with critics and fans. Those that haven't yet heard Foster the People can catch them on their international tour dates in 2011; the ones that haven't sold out yet, anyway.
Foster the People was formed by Mark Foster in 2009, after years of being kicked around by the Los Angeles music scene. After working as a jingle writer and working on original compositions for a number of years, Foster began combining his favorite musical elements into the sound you hear today. He began posting his songs on the mp3 blog The Hype Machine and eventually began scoring small tour dates, with accompaniment by drummer Mark Pontius and bassist Cubbie Fink. The band was originally called Foster & the People, but was changed after audiences kept mishearing it as Foster the People. The popularity of Foster the People's music online combined with a breakout tour date at South by Southwest led to a record deal and the release of Torches in May 2011. The album quickly broke into the top 10 and shot to #1 of the Alternative charts.
As Torches races towards platinum certification, Foster the People are headed out on many, many tour dates in 2011. Concert dates are already underway and, while many tour dates are already sold out, there are still plenty of chances to catch Foster the People in late summer/early fall. The band is making it's way through tour dates in Texas and Arizona before ending up in California in early July. On July 14, Foster the People will begin concert dates in Europe, including performances at the Melt Festival in Grafenhainichen, Germany and the Lattitude Festival in Suffolk, UK. Foster the people will play tour dates in Australia in late July before touring the US agin from August to October. Foster the People will conclude their 2011 tour dates in the UK in late November, so buy your tickets from Eventful soon before the entire tour is sold out.