Hayley went off to write and record her solo demos while the four of us continued on without her.A couple of months later Hayley came and asked us if she could use the song “Conspiracy” that we had all previously written together. I got a call a while after that from Hayley telling me that her manager said that Zac and I were invited to be back in the band (the band we started), but not Taylor and Jason because they weren’t good enough in his eyes.
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Hayley’s manager would tell the band to be in the lobby of the hotel at a certain time, but he and Hayley wouldn’t show for hours.
We found out that they had been meeting with record label executives all morning without us, which is totally weird given that this wasn’t simply a solo artist, but we were a band. After many meetings between Hayley, her manager and the labels they decided to sign her to Atlantic records.
We asked her to come try out and eventually to join the band.
Months down the road things changed and this band became all about Hayley.
I had a statement typed ready to post to you guys but Hayley released one without my permission.
We were not going to issue a statement until we worked out our exit agreement with Hayley.
Next thing we knew we were having a signing party for Hayley.
Our next move was to rerecord her solo demos with our own music rather than studio musicians to make it sound more genuine. I wrote out a list of names, including “Paramore”, a name my old band with Taylor and Jason Clark had thought about using. The label received the rerecorded demos and once again tried to fire the entire band, saying we were terrible.
We didn’t understand why Hayley was the only one signing the contract since we were told this was a “band”, but we were too young to grasp all of this.