Following the departure of two band members, Paramore has debuted an early version of a new track track called “In the Mourning” in a video posted to the band’s official site on Thursday (Jan. 13).
In the clip, frontwoman Hayley Williams and guitarist Taylor York perform a demo of the song, which features lyrics that could be read in the context of the recent departure of band members Josh and Zac Farro. “Now there’s nothing but time that’s wasted/And words that have no backbone/Oh the whole world seems to be waiting/Can you hear the echoes fading?” Williams sings.
Williams posted rough audio of herself singing the track’s chorus on her blog on Wednesday, and lyrics to “In the Mourning” surfaced days after the band announced the departure of the Farro brothers. “I don’t want people thinking it’s a new Paramore song,” Williams said in a disclaimer to her audio post. “This is just something I wrote for fun.”
The release of “In the Mourning” is the latest development in the public dispute between the band and former members Josh and Zac Farro, who claimed that they had been kept in the dark by the band’s management and label throughout their tenure. Paramore confirmed that it will continue onward without the Farros, temporarily replacing the brothers with guitarist Justin York and drummer Josh Freese for upcoming tour dates in South America.
(Additional reporting by Jillian Mapes)