Parkway Drive in an artist's backroom before performing at Overtone RCA, Bangkok in 2009.
|Origin||Byron Bay, New South Wales, Australia|
|Labels||Resist, Burning Heart, Epitaph|
|Associated acts||The Ghost Inside, Killswitch Engage|
|Past members||Brett Versteeg
Parkway Drive is an Australian metalcore band from Byron Bay, New South Wales, formed in 2002. As of 2013, Parkway Drive has released four full-length albums, Killing with a Smile, Horizons, Deep Blue, and Atlas, one EP, two DVDs a split album and one book; "Ten Years of Parkway Drive".
Formation and Killing with a Smile (2002-2006)
Parkway Drive was formed at the end of 2002. Their name is from the band's hometown in Byron Bay, New South Wales, where the group practiced in the basement of a members home, called the "Parkway House", on Parkway Drive – the street's name. Not long after their initial breakthrough, they released a split EP with metalcore band I Killed the Prom Queen, entitled I Killed the Prom Queen / Parkway Drive: Split CD in 2003. Parkway Drive also made an appearance on The Red Sea compilation What We've Built, preceded by their EP, Don't Close Your Eyes. After their first EP release they split ways with original bassist Brett Versteeg who was replaced by Shaun Cash.
In May 2005, they headed to America to record their debut album with metal producer, Adam Dutkiewicz from the band Killswitch Engage whose production credits include Unearth and Underoath. Since the release of Don't Close Your Eyes, Parkway Drive have rapidly accumulated a fanbase Australia-wide, courtesy of support slots for international acts including Hatebreed, In Flames, Chimaira, Shadows Fall, As I Lay Dying, Bleeding Through, Alexisonfire, and performances at Metal for the Brain 2005 and Australia's Hardcore 2005. The band's debut album, Killing with a Smile was released in August 2005 and has since sold in excess of 30,000 copies in Australia. They toured strongly behind the album, playing dozens of headlining shows, as well as an appearance at the Gold Coast leg of the Big Day Out festival in January 2006. In June 2006, the band was signed to Epitaph Records, which released their debut album Killing with a Smile in the United States during August of that year.
In late May 2006, bass player Shaun Cash left the band for personal reasons with full support from the rest of the members. The band soon found a replacement in their "merch guy" and long-time friend, Jia "Pie" O'Connor, who didn't know how to play the bass at the time, and got 3 days to learn the songs. Now a permanent part of the line-up, he played with them for the rest of their first international tour in the United Kingdom and Europe, and later dates in the United States. In October 2006, they were billed as the Australian contingent on the Rockstar Taste of Chaos tour, playing alongside Anti-Flag, Underoath, Thursday, Taking Back Sunday and Saosin. During November and December 2006, they appeared at the Homebake Festival, Sound Fest, Resist Records' tour, Soundwave Festival and Gravity G Festival before returning to the UK and Europe.
On 3 March 2007, two new songs were previewed to a crowd at Underworld entitled "The Sirens' Song" and "Carrion". Both songs would later feature on Horizons. They were placed on the bill for the U.S. Vans Warped Tour 2007 as the only Australian band on the tour. On 15 August, Winston McCall appeared in an interview on the short.fast.loud show on Australia's Triple J Radio station in which he previewed a track off Horizons entitled "Boneyards." Horizons was released on 6 October 2007. The album was generally acclaimed by critics and fans alike; especially Blunt Magazine, 'simply slays from the get go' and awarded it 10/10, and planet-loud.com, which suggested that it would 'set the benchmark for metal albums to come'. It debuted at number 6 on the ARIA Charts. After the release of Horizons, the band toured through the US, Australia and Europe with such bands as Killswitch Engage, Bury Your Dead, Darkest Hour and others.
In February/March 2008, Parkway teamed up with Byron Bay bands/friends 50 Lions (fronted by Oscar McCall, Winston's brother) and Word Up!, to complete the Surf Rats Tour of east coast Australia. This tour (travelling to towns not listed on the standard touring circuit) was based around surfing big surf spots on the way. In December 2008, Parkway Drive toured Australia nationally on the "Sweatfest" Tour. In support of Parkway Drive was; A Day To Remember, Suicide Silence, The Acacia Strain, and Confession.
On 12 December 2008 while performing at UNSW Roundhouse, Parkway Drive announced that they were filming a DVD of the show, which would include footage of the performance and a few songs from other bands featured in the Sweat Fest Tour. On 18 January 2009, Parkway Drive announced their headlining US tour with Stick to Your Guns and Mychildren Mybride. On 28 January to 1 February 2009, Parkway Drive went on a tour in Japan with Shai Hulud and Crystal Lake. Parkway Drive played at the 2009 Bamboozle Lineup at the Giant's Stadium parking lots; as well as being confirmed at 2009's Download Festival.
In May 2009, Parkway Drive announced that they would be releasing a live DVD and an Australian tour was also announced with August Burns Red and Architects in support of it. Supporting them on their sold out Sydney leg of the tour will be local Sydney band Hand of Mercy, on their Newcastle leg will be Safe Hands, hometown Byron Bay show will be Sink Or Swim, their Melbourne leg will be local Melbourne band House Vs. Hurricane and In Trenches, on their Canberra leg, Dead Kings, on the Brisbane leg, Wish for Wings, and on their Adelaide leg, Abandon All Hope. Horizons is to date their best selling release, with the album reaching multi-platinum status in Europe.
Deep Blue (2010–2012)
On 23 March 2010, Parkway Drive entered the studio to begin recording their third album, Deep Blue, with producer Joe Barresi. According to their lead vocalist Winston McCall, this was to be their rawest and heaviest record to date. According to a blog that posted on Myspace on 1 April 2010, they had finished tracking the drums for the album. According to a blog posted on 8 April 2010, Parkway Drive were half finished with rhythm guitars, bass and vocals for the upcoming untitled album. On 17 April 2010, Parkway Drive officially announced that they finished recording the forthcoming album, and added a studio diary video to their Myspace. On 26 April, vocalist Winston McCall revealed in a video-interview two new song-titles: "Home Is For The Heartless" (feat. Brett Gurewitz of Bad Religion) and "Hollow" (feat. Marshall Lichtenwaldt of The Warriors). Winston stated in the interview that the European tour they're on now is the last tour they will be on until the release of the new album, indicating that the album should be out in stores sometime before the Vans Warped Tour begins.
During their 2009 tour in the UK and Europe, Parkway Drive revealed and played a new song titled "Unrest", which would be on their new album. On 3 May, Parkway Drive uploaded a new studio update including a video of their time recording with Joe Barresi. Later in May, album art and tracklisting of their new album was released on the All Music website, revealing that the album was to be titled "Deep Blue" and would be released 25 June in Australia, 28 June in Europe and UK, and 29 June in USA. On 13 May, Parkway drive uploaded a video, previewing some song parts from Deep Blue. On 14 May Parkway Drive updated their MySpace profile to reflect the upcoming release of Deep Blue. Parkway Drive unveiled their first track off of Deep Blue, titled "Sleepwalker" through their Myspace on 18 May 2010. On the same day Parkway Drive posted a video to promote the Never Say Die! European tour that they co-headlined along with Comeback Kid, Bleeding Through, Emmure, War from a Harlots Mouth, Your Demise and We Came As Romans. The studio version of the song "Unrest" can be heard in the background of the video.
On 25 June, Parkway Drive's Deep Blue was released onto the Australian iTunes Store. After four hours since the point of the album being released, "Deep Blue" reached the Second position on the iTunes Album Charts in Australia, with Eminem's Recovery album seizing first position. Deep Blue was released in the United States and Canada on 29 June, now making it available worldwide. After Warped Tour, Parkway Drive began their Australian headlining tour with The Devil Wears Prada, The Ghost Inside and 50 Lions.
In September, the group was nominated for an ARIA Award for Deep Blue in the newly created Best Hard Rock, Heavy Metal Album category and eventually won. It was the first ARIA Award in the band's history.
Parkway Drive then toured New Zealand and Australia in December for the first year of the festival No Sleep Til, playing with Megadeth, NOFX, Dropkick Murphys, A Day To Remember, GWAR, Atreyu, Descendents, Alkaline Trio, Frenzal Rhomb, Me First and the Gimme Gimme's, Suicide Silence, August Burns Red, Katatonia, 3 Inches of Blood, We Came As Romans, House Vs. Hurricane & Confession. Via Facebook, Parkway Drive announced a North American Tour in the US for February–March 2011, playing with fellow bands The Warriors, The Ghost Inside, and Set Your Goals.
In December 2010, they released a cover of Bad Religion's "Do What You Want", on a split 7" with Australian bands 50 Lions, No Apologies and Blkout entitled, This is Australia. The 7" was released by good friend and No Apologies vocalist Pete 'Bloke' Abordi on Abordi's very own Bloke Records. The goal was to release one song each by four prominent Australian hardcore bands with each song being under a minute in length.
In 2011, Winston McCall was featured in The Warriors' song "Panic", from their album See How You Are. That same year, he was featured in You Me At Six's song "Time Is Money" from their album Sinners Never Sleep. It was announced in early 2011 that Parkway Drive would perform at the Sonisphere Festival in Imola, Italy on 25 June and in Knebworth, UK on 10 July. Parkway Drive embarked upon another Australian tour in May 2011, The Mix N' Mash Tour, with support from Miss May I, The Wonder Years, Confession and a local support band from each city. During the Melbourne leg of The Mix N' Mash Tour, vocalist Winston McCall told the audience that their current Australian tour would be their only local tour for 2011. He mentioned that they would take some time off touring to work on a new album, but did not specify when. However Parkway Drive are touring the UK in May and April 2012, with support from The Ghost Inside.
In an interview with NME, Winston spoke briefly about an upcoming fourth studio album. Winston is quoted as saying, "We've got ideas for this record that are bigger than anything we've done in the past. We're trying to pencil it in, but we want to get in the studio sooner rather than later." McCall also said he didn't believe that the material would be written with bigger crowds in mind. He added: "We've never written like that in the first place, we always wrote for ourselves. I mean, it's cool to be able to write a part that loads of people can sing along to, but you can't really factor that in. It just happens."
The singer also gave an update on the condition of the band's guitarist Luke 'Pig' Kilpatrick. The guitarist has been forced to play with the band from a wheelchair after a surfing accident, but McCall said he was improving and would be up on his feet for the band's next tour. He said: "I think he'll be in a cast for a couple more weeks. His leg had swelled up to the size of a football, but it's come down now. He still can't walk on it yet. It's made for an interesting couple of tours and it'll be weird when he is walking around again."
In an interview with guitarist Luke "Pig" Kilpatrick, Parkway Drive's impending touring schedule for the end of 2011 and start of 2012 was discussed, along with further information on a new album and DVD. In the interview, Luke revealed that the band aimed to release a new DVD in early 2012. He also commented that the band hoped to record their new album in the middle of 2012 with a view to release it by the end of 2012.
On 10 April, Parkway Drive released a trailer for their new Blu-ray/DVD entitled Home Is For The Heartless with a set release date for 6 July
In an interview with Reviewed Music, Winston McCall stated that "Parkway Drive will be entering the studio following their April European/UK tour to begin recording their upcoming fourth album." Parkway Drive announced via instagram that they will officially begin recording their new album on 20 June in LA. Studio updates will also be done via instagram, according to the band. The album released late October 2012, on Epitaph records and Resist records.. Parkway Drive recently sat down with AP magazine to talk about their new album. They recorded with Matt Hyde (Sum 41, Slayer, Hatebreed)
Parkway Drive frontman and vocalist Winston McCall stated in a TorrentThis interview that the 4th album is going to be "darker and heavier than anything" also stating that the new things they tried on their 2010 significantly successful album Deep Blue, worked for the band and that they are continuing with their new ideas. McCall also stated that this upcoming album will "still sound like Parkway Drive." Parkway Drive's recent and successful DVD release titled, 'Home Is For The Heartless' debuted at No. 1 on the ARIA charts and instantly went gold.
On 15 August, Parkway Drive announced via Short.fast.loud their new album entitled Atlas, with an Australian tour in December, with support from I Killed The Prom Queen, Northlane and Survival. They toured Europe in November/December with Structures, The Word Alive and Emmure.
On 8 September, a new song entitled "Dark Days" was leaked onto the Internet. It was made available for purchase from Amazon.com on 11 September and on the Australian iTunes Store on 12 September. Epitaph Records released an official music video for "Dark Days". "Dark Days" is the first song released for Atlas. On 16 October the band posted another song from the album on YouTube and shared it through their Facebook and Twitter. The new song is entitled 'Old Ghost / New Regrets.' The band played this song numerous times on their last tour but at the time it was untitled. Atlas was released worldwide on 30 October 2012. On 13 May Epitaph Records released an official music video for "Wild Eyes".
In January 2013, Parkway Drive announced a North American Headlining Tour in support of Atlas with special guests The Word Alive, Veil of Maya, Rescued By A Sinking Ship, and While She Sleeps. The tour spanned between 29 March and ran through 19 April. In April 2013, Parkway Drive announced an Australian 10 year anniversary tour for September, where they would play material spanning their whole discography and play at some classic venues from their earlier days, with support from Confession, Northlane and Thy Art Is Murder on select dates.
On 17 June 2013, Parkway Drive were confirmed to play Vans Warped Tour UK at Alexandra Palace on 16 November 2013, and were confirmed to play the Australian Warped Tour with The Offspring and Simple Plan all three as joint headliners.
In September 2013, Parkway released their first ever book, "Ten Years of Parkway Drive" whilst on their ten year tour round Australia, playing old venues with old set-lists. The book contains unseen pictures of Parkway's 10 years of being a band, and much more on the life and story of Parkway, similar to their first DVD in 2009.
In February 2014, Parkway announced they will be participating in the 2014 Vans Warped Tour on the main stage.
On April 11, 2014 Parkway announced on their instagram that they are working on a new album to be released Summer/Fall 2014.
Style and influences
The band's genre is defined as metalcore. The band's sound consists of screamed vocals, guitar riffs and hardcore punk breakdowns, they are also one of the few modern metalcore bands not to include clean vocals as well as screamed vocals. The band's influences include In Flames, Unearth, Evergreen Terrace, Bleeding Through, Killswitch Engage, Bad Religion, Pennywise, The Offspring, Metallica, Slayer and Hatebreed. The vocalist of Parkway Drive, Winston, has a younger brother who is also a vocalist in a hardcore band 50 Lions.
- Current members
- Winston McCall – lead vocals (2002–present)
- Jeff Ling – lead guitar (2002–present)
- Luke "Pig" Kilpatrick – rhythm guitar (2002–present)
- Jia "Pie" O'Connor – bass guitar (2006–present)
- Ben "Gaz" Gordon – drums (2002–present)
- Former members
- Shaun "Cashy" Cash - bass guitar (2004-2006)
- Brett Versteeg - bass guitar, clean vocals (2002-2004)
- Studio Albums
|Title||Album details||Peak chart positions||Certifications
|Killing with a Smile||39||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—|
|"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.|
- I Killed the Prom Queen / Parkway Drive: Split CD (2003, Final Prayer Records)
- Don't Close Your Eyes (2004 / re-released in 2006, Resist Records)
- Parkway Drive: The DVD (2009, Epitaph Records) *only on DVD
- Home Is for the Heartless (2012, Epitaph Records)
- Other songs
- "Do What You Want" (Bad Religion cover) - This Is Australia (2010, Bloke Records)
- Music Videos
- "Smoke 'Em If Ya Got 'Em" - Killing with a Smile (2005, Epitaph Records)
- "Boneyards" - Horizons (2007, Epitaph Records)
- "Sleepwalker" - Deep Blue (2010, Epitaph Records)
- "Karma" - Deep Blue (2011, Epitaph Records)
- "Unrest" - Deep Blue (2011, Epitaph Records)
- "Dark Days" - Atlas (2012, Epitaph Records)
- "Wild Eyes" - Atlas (2013, Epitaph Records)
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