Bassist Jeremy Davis has left Paramore.
The band’s official Facebook page made the announcement, describing the split as “really painful,” but without going into much detail. The tone of the message is cautiously positive, suggesting the decision was amicable: “We’re hopeful for Paramore’s future and we’re also excited for what Jeremy’s going to do next.”
On that note, Paramore promised it wasn’t breaking up. The band is down to two full time members now — vocalist Hayley Williams and guitarist Taylor York — but it confirmed March 2016’s Parahoy! Cruise is still on and hinted that other events are on tap for the new year.
“After taking time to consider how to move forward, we ultimately found that we really do believe Paramore can and should continue on,” the band wrote. “And so we will.”
Davis joined Paramore in its early, pre-stardom days, when Williams and the Farro brothers (guitarist Josh and drummer Zac) were starting out in Franklin, Tenn. He briefly left the band around the time its 2005 debut All We Know Is Falling, but rejoined in time to tour behind their next album, 2007’s Riot! He had played bass in the band ever since, up through the touring cycle behind 2013’s Paramore. On the side, Davis produced for other artists (recently, B.o.B’s song “Violet Vibrato”) and DJ’d, including a set at 2014’s Parahoy! Cruise, where he played a lot of Drake.
Here’s the full Facebook message from Paramore:
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.