You know that word you use for when something just makes you cringe, makes you feel embarrassed even if the situation isn't your own? Oh, that's right. That word is awkward, which accurately describes this scenario.
You know the story: the Brothers Farro left one of the largest acts in music at the moment (Paramore) back in December and went on to form their own band afterward. It wasn't long after the unamicable split that their new band Novel American had formed, which at first only consisted of one brother, Josh Farro, and some friends from back home. Later on, Zac joined on drums and the band seemed to be making some headway until they lost their vocalist unexpectedly. Rumors flew about Josh possibly taking over those responsibilities seeing as he sang in the past and had even written a couple of songs solo, but those ideas were shot down instantly as Mr. Farro insisted that his voice just wasn't up to par. And now, nearly five months later, the band remains without a singer, thus, they can't move much farther in the way of releasing new music.
If I could lend some advice to the Farros, more specifically the band as a whole, it would be this:
Dear Novel American,
I admit that when I heard you were forming a band, I got excited. I mean, who doesn't love more music from people you already know are talented. Right? Well, the posts have to stop. That is, until you actually get a new vocalist. I know that you want to update your fans with all the latest happenings and that's super awesome and we appreciate your enthusiasm. Really, it's a good thing.
But the harsh reality is that this whole thing is a whole truckload of a phenomenon called "Secondhand Embarrassment". The fans, the non-fans, the casual observer on the internet, and me are all wincing right now, okay? And why? Because we expected the outcome of this band to be a bit different than it is considering who you were with before. I speak in terms of the success and following you gained during your time in said band. To put it bluntly, it's awkward.
So, as I take the liberty to speak for more than just myself, I say it would be best if you take time away from the spotlight, which by that I mean avoid social networking places such as Facebook and Twitter. Don't blog. Go into the woods and let nature reflect upon you. Do what that one guy did who traveled to the Alaskan wilderness and they made a movie about him, except don't die. Just take a break from the world and let it take a break from you.
I say this because I care and because I truly do want to hear some of your work, but not until it's actually going to happen.