Fall Out Boy:
One of the most influential American pop punk bands of the new millennium is Fall Out Boy. The group achieved mainstream success with their 2005 album, From Under the Cork Tree, which was followed by some of the most popular tour dates in recentyears. Fall Out Boy continued their rise to fame with singles like "This Ain't a Scene, It's an Arms Race," "Dance, Dance," and "Thnks fr th Mmrs." There are no tour dates in 2011 for Fall Out Boy, ever since the band went on hiatus in 2009; but fans are anxiously awaiting the announcement of a reunion in the near future.
The secret origins of Fall Out Boy began at New Trier High School in Winnetka, Illinois, where Pete Wentz and Joe Trohman went to school. Trohman met drummer Patrick Stump at a Borders Books after Stump heard him talking about the band Neurosis, and Stump was invited to join as the lead singer. T. J. Kunasch was hired to play rhythm guitar and Mike Pareskuwicz was brought on to play drums, thus completing the band's initial lineup. Utilizing their collective punk influences, the band began playing concert dates around Chicago. Fall Out Boy released a demo and quickly followed it up with a split EP with Project Rocket in 2002. Fall Out Boy also released a short debut LP, Fall Out Boy's Evening Out with Your Girlfriend, in 2003.
After the debut album's release, Kunasch and Pareskuwicz left the band; Stump took on the guitar in addition to vocal duties and Project Rocket drummer Andy Hurley joined the group. Fall Out Boy also signed to Fueled by Ramen, which released Take This To Your Grave two months after their previous album and sent the new line-up on many a tour date. The record was the first to gain Fall Out Boy commercial and critical success, with most of the reviews being very positive. Any success Fall Out Boy had achieved prior to 2005 would increase exponentially after the release of From Under the Cork Tree, which has gone platinum twice since its release. The album was supported by a number of hugely popular singles, including "Sugar, We're Goin Down" and "Dance, Dance," as well as headlining tour dates around the world. The group followed up their successful album with Infinity on High in 2007. The album showcased an evolution from pop punk to an edgier rock style and debuted at #1 on the Billboard 200.
Fall Out Boy's latest studio release is the 2008 album Folie à Deux. The album was well received by critics and featured a number of special guest vocalists, including Debbie Harry, Elvis Costello, and Brendon Urie. Despite even more musical experimentation and the favoring of an alt-rock sound, the album went gold in just over a month and the single "I Don't Care" received heavy airplay. In late 2009, the members of Fall Out Boy announced that they needed some time off and were going on an indefinite hiatus. While comments from the band's members have left the band's future vague, fans can expect no new albums or tour dates in 2011.
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.