Parkway Drive

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Parkway Drive
Parkway Drive in Bangkok.JPG
Parkway Drive in Bangkok in 2009
Background information
Also known as PWD
Origin Byron Bay, New South Wales, Australia
Genres Metalcore
Years active 2002 (2002)–present
Labels
Associated acts
Website www.parkwaydriverock.com
Members
Past members
  • Brett Versteeg
  • Shaun Cash

Parkway Drive is an Australian metalcore band from Byron Bay, New South Wales, formed in 2002.[1][2] As of 2015, 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". Their latest three albums peaked in the top 10 of the Australian ARIA chart. They are currently in the process of finishing their fifth album, Ire, which is due to be released September 25.

History[edit]

Parkway Drive was formed at the end of 2002.[citation needed]

Parkway Drive performing at 2007's Warped Tour

Horizons (2007–2009)[edit]

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'[citation needed] 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.[3]

Deep Blue (2010–2011)[edit]

Main article: Deep Blue (album)

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.[4] According to a blog that posted on Myspace on 1 April 2010, they had finished tracking the drums for the album.[5] 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.[6]

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.[7][8]

Parkway Drive received the Australian Independent Record (AIR) Award for 'Best Independent Hard Rock or Punk Album' in 2010 for Deep Blue.[9]

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.[10] 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.[11]

Winston McCall in February 2012

Atlas (2012–2013)[edit]

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."[12] The vocalist 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."[12]

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[13]

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."[14] Parkway Drive announced via instagram that they will officially begin recording their new album on 20 June in LA.[15]

Parkway Drive performing in 2013

Ire (2014–present)[edit]

In February 2014, Parkway Drive announced they will be participating in the 2014 Vans Warped Tour on the main stage. On 11 April 2014 they announced on their Instagram that they are working on a new album. On 4 June 2015, Parkway Drive teased a letter for their upcoming album. Later the same day, the album cover was leaked online in its entirety. Parkway Drive's fifth studio album will be called Ire, and a new single entitled "Vice Grip" with a music video was released to the public on 8 June 2015. The release date of Ire is 25 September. On 20 June, "Vice Grip" peaked at number 88 on the Australian singles chart, making it the band's second charting single after "Dark Days", which peaked at number 71 in September 2012.[16][17]

Style and influences[edit]

The band's genre has been described as metalcore.[18][19][20][21][22][23][24] Their sound employs unclean vocals, guitar riffs and breakdowns. Unlike many other popular modern metalcore bands, Parkway Drive don't use clean vocals on any of their studio albums,[24] although they did use them on their first two EPs, on which they were performed by the band's original bassist Brett Versteeg. Their influences include Metallica, Slayer, Rage Against the Machine, Unearth, In Flames, Evergreen Terrace, Bleeding Through, Killswitch Engage, Bad Religion, Pennywise, The Offspring and Hatebreed.[25] Parkway Drive's vocalist, Winston McCall, has a younger brother who is a vocalist in the hardcore punk band 50 Lions.[24]

Band members[edit]

Timeline[edit]

Discography[edit]

Parkway Drive discography
Releases
Studio albums 4
EPs 1
Music videos 7
Split albums 1

Studio albums[edit]

List of studio albums, with selected chart positions
Title Album details Peak positions Certifications
(sales thresholds)
AUS
[26]
NZ
[27]
US
[28]
US
Heat.

[29]
GER
[30]
AUT
[31]
SWI
[32]
BEL
(FL)

[33]
BEL
(WAL)

[34]
UK
[35]
2005 Killing with a Smile
  • Released: 21 August 2005
  • Label: Resist; Epitaph
  • Formats: CD, digital download
39
2007 Horizons
  • Released: 6 October 2007
  • Label: Resist; Epitaph
  • Formats: CD, digital download
6 27
2010 Deep Blue
  • Released: 25 June 2010
  • Label: Resist; Epitaph
  • Formats: CD, digital download
2 21 39 46 68 84 112
[36]
2012 Atlas
  • Released: 26 October 2012
  • Label: Resist; Epitaph
  • Formats: CD, digital download
3 12 32 22 33 57 74 162 48
2015 Ire
  • Released: 25 September 2015
  • Label: Resist; Epitaph
  • Formats: CD, digital download
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.

EPs[edit]

List of EPs
Year Album details
2004 Don't Close Your Eyes
  • Released: 2004
  • Label: Resist
  • Formats: CD

Split albums[edit]

List of Split albums
Year Album details
2003 Split CD
with I Killed the Prom Queen
  • Released: 2003
  • Label: Final Prayer
  • Formats: CD

Music videos[edit]

List of music videos, showing year released and director
Title Year Album Director(s)
"Smoke 'Em If Ya Got 'Em" 2006 Killing with a Smile N/A
"Boneyards" 2007 Horizons N/A
"Sleepwalker" 2010 Deep Blue N/A
"Karma" 2011 N/A
"Unrest" N/A
"Dark Days" 2012 Atlas Aaron Hymes
"Wild Eyes" 2013
"Vice Grip" 2015 Ire Frankie Nasso

Other songs[edit]

  • "Do What You Want" (Bad Religion cover) - This Is Australia (2010, Bloke Records)

Filmography[edit]

DVDs/Blu-rays
  • Parkway Drive: The DVD (2009, Epitaph Records) *only on DVD
  • Home Is for the Heartless (2012, Epitaph Records)

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Parkway Drive Allmusic
  2. ^ Killing with a Smile Fret Play
  3. ^ Hung, Steffen. "Parkway Drive Horizons". Australian Charts Portal (Hung Medien). Retrieved 18 January 2014. 
  4. ^ "Parkway Drive Set for Heavy Sound". Lake Times. 14 January 2010. Retrieved 6 March 2010. [dead link]
  5. ^ Parkway Drive | Gratis muziek, tourneedata, foto's, video's
  6. ^ Parkway Drive geben Song-Titel für neues Album aus - METAL HAMMER
  7. ^ "History: Winners by Year 2010: 24th Annual ARIA Awards". ARIA Awards 2010. Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA). Retrieved 1 July 2011. 
  8. ^ Full list of 2010 ARIA Award nominations - The West Australian
  9. ^ http://ausindies.com.au/awards.html, Australian Independent Record Labels Association Ltd (AIR) 2012
  10. ^ You Me At Six enlist Bring Me The Horizon and Parkway Drive for new album | News | NME.COM
  11. ^ Motorhead, Mastodon, In Flames and Parkway Drive join Sonisphere line-up
  12. ^ a b "Parkway Drive discuss 'bigger' new album at Sonisphere | News". New Musical Express. 10 July 2011. Retrieved 14 July 2012. 
  13. ^ http://www.resistrecords.com/2012/05/01/parkway-drive-home-is-for-the-heartless-dvd-pre-order/
  14. ^ "Interview: Winston McCall (Parkway Drive)| News". reviewedmusic.com. 2012-02-18. Retrieved 2011-02-18. 
  15. ^ "@parkwaydriveofficial's Instagram photos". Retrieved 2012-07-08. 
  16. ^ Ryan, Gavin (13 June 2015). "ARIA Charts: Taylor Swift Bad Blood Remains At No 1". Noise11. Retrieved 13 June 2015. 
  17. ^ Ryan, Gavin (20 June 2015). "ARIA Singles: Conrad Sewell Returns To No 1 With Start Again". Noise11. Retrieved 20 June 2015. 
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  19. ^ "Parkway Drive - Atlas". Decoy Music. Retrieved 25 December 2012. 
  20. ^ "Parkway Drive - Atlas (2012)". Me Gusta Reviews. Retrieved 25 December 2012. 
  21. ^ "Parkway Drive - Atlas". Revolver Magazine. Retrieved 25 December 2012. 
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  34. ^ "Discographie Parkway Drive". www.ultratop.be/fr (in French). Hung Medien. Retrieved 6 January 2013. 
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  36. ^ "Chart Log UK: Rodney P. - The Pussycat Dolls". www.zobbel.de. Retrieved 25 November 2014. 
  37. ^ "ARIA Charts - Accreditations - 2011 Albums". ARIA Charts. Retrieved 6 January 2013. 
  38. ^ "ARIA Charts - Accreditations - 2013 Albums". ARIA Charts. Retrieved 6 January 2013. 

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