By Chris Payne
August 12, 2016
It’s funny how time can heal old wounds.
Back in 2010, Zac Farro quit Paramore along with his brother Josh, citing differences with frontwoman Hayley Williams in a harshly-worded public letter. Paramore moved on, recording a successful album without him, but for the follow-up to 2013’s Paramore, the original drummer is back in the fold.
“It’s a second chance,” Farro says. “I’m so thankful that I’m playing on the album, but that wasn’t what was important to me at the beginning. What was important was mending those friendships… Hayley and [guitarist] Taylor [York] have become really good friends of mine again and they’re super supportive of my stuff.”
These days, Zac is splitting his time between Paramore and readying Sudden Feeling, the chill, vibe-filled new album from his solo project Halfnoise, due Sept. 9. Here, Zac is the frontman, lead vocalist and main songwriter, though you still get to see him go to work on his personal tom drum when he's out in centerstage.
Start with Paramore's rise from tiny clubs to arenas, then back to tiny clubs with Halfnoise, then back to the studio with Paramore, with some time spent living in New Zealand -- welcome to the life of Zac Farro. And what's it been like working on the new PAramore music in the studio? He discussed it all on the latest episode of Billboard's Alt In Our Stars podcast.