And slowly, members of defunct metalcore bands continue to take over the music industry. Former Underoath drummer Aaron Gillespie confirmed via Twitter yesterday that he would be drumming for Paramore on their fall tour. Gillespie had been in Underoath from 1997 until 2010, when he left the band. He also sang the clean vocals in the band. It’s unknown whether he’ll be lending any of his vocal talents to Paramore. The band confirmed that he would be playing with them by putting the above image on their Instagram.
This isn’t the first musician from a now-defunct metalcore band to go on to play more lucrative music. Former Thursday drummer Tucker Rule and From Autumn to Ashes guitarist Brian Deneeve are currently backing UK boy band The Wanted, and Poison the Well founder Derek Miller has had way more success with Sleigh Bells than he did in PTW. It’s also worth noting that Gillespie follows in the footsteps of drummers Josh Freese (ex-A Perfect Circle) and Ilan Rubin (Nine Inch Nails/ex-Lostprophets), both of whom were touring members of Paramore in the past few years. And hey, it’s not like you’re going to sit back and get rich off the residuals from your band that broke up. Not only are most of the former bands probably not selling a ton, they probably had shitty label deals anyway. So if you’re a closet alt-rock fan or you take your little sister or niece to a Paramore show, and the drummer somehow sticks out, now you’ll know why.