After months of rumors, Paramore have confirmed that guitarist Josh Farro and drummer Zac Farro will be leaving the band, the group announced on their website. The news comes after Paramore wrapped up their U.S. tour in Orlando last week.
"For the last year it hasn't seemed as if they wanted to be around anymore," the band said in the statement. "We want Josh and Zac to do something that makes them happy and if that isn't here with us, then we support them finding happiness elsewhere."
Despite the departure of the Farro brothers, singer Hayley Williams, guitarist Taylor York, and bassist Jeremy Davis will soldier on, although they have not announced replacement members. "We never for a second thought about leaving any of this behind," the band said. "We really hope that you can be encouraged by the fact that the three of us who are still here are ready to take on another chapter of our journey together."
As SPIN previously reported, the group is set to record their fourth studio album next year, which they'll cut in their home state of Tennessee, and will also continue with a South American tour in early 2011.
Williams and York indicated there was tension with the band when they announced their upcoming plans earlier this month. "We're kind of at the end of this record but it's bittersweet," said York. "[This year has] just been, like, one thing after another," said Williams. They did not specifiy the issues beyond that.
Meanwhile, Zac Farro has already moved on to his next role. The drummer has formed a new group Tunnel with musician Jason Clarke. The duo have also teased new music from their project, which you can hear here.