Ex-Paramore guitarist Josh Farro starts new band Novel American

February 2, 2011 by Tim Karan

Ex-Paramore guitarist Josh Farro starts new band Novel American

In the wake of all the controversy stirred when Josh Farro (guitar) and his brother Zac (drums) left Paramore, Josh has revealed that he's started a new band called Novel American. Farro says the band is influenced by the likes of Radiohead, Jimmy Eat World and Explosions In The Sky. The band features Farro along with his longtime friends Van Beasley (vocals), Ryan Clark (bass) and Tyler Ward (drums), formerly of Nashville band Cecil Adora.

In a recent interview, Farro says, "Basically, I met these guys in high school—they're a little older than me, and that's a big deal when you're in high school, they were always the cool crowd—but we connected after high school, and we got together after the whole Paramore thing, and I was like, 'I don't know if I want to be in another band.' But I called the guys, we got together, we wrote and we jammed, and it was great, so we decided, 'Let's do another band.' And, honestly, I had some ideas that just didn't fit with Paramore, and I said, 'Guys, we can try these,' and they just loved them, and so that's really how it all started."

Novel American are planning to record an EP and play locally as they build their sound. As for his former band, Farro says it's all in the past. "[Paramore fans] just don't want this to be some dragged-out drama-fest. They just want to move on. I watched ["The Last Word" interview with Paramore on MTV] and, you know, I think we just disagree on a lot of things, and that's OK. I don't think it's wrong to disagree with someone, so, um, yeah, I just wish them the best in the future, and I really don't want to make it this huge drama thing, because then it becomes this huge war, and I don't want to dwell on that. I'm more excited about the future and this new band."

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