By Memeletzoglou Harry (B class)
Parkway Drive is an Australian metalcore band from Byron Bay, New South Wales, formed in 2003. As of 2015, Parkway Drive has released five full-length albums (Killing with a Smile, Horizons, Deep Blue, Atlas and Ire), one EP, two DVDs, a split album and one book, Ten Years of Parkway Drive. The band’s latest four albums have reached the top 10 of the Australian ARIA Charts, with Ire reaching number 1 in October 2015.
Genres: Metalcore, Heavy Metal, Hardcore Punk
Members: Winston McCall (Vocals), Jeff Ling (Lead guitar), Luke Kilpatrick (Rhythm guitar), Ben Gordon (Drums), Jia O’Connor (Bass).
Parkway Drive was formed at the beginning of 2003.The band took their name from the street where their home rehearsal space and live venue, “The Parkway House’, was located. In the 2009 documentary on “Parkway Drive: The DVD” the explains that there was a lack of venues for punk rock and hardcore punk bands to practice and perform and that “Parkway House” was like “a little oasis for us and all our friends’.The group played their first show at the Byron Bay Youth Centre where I Killed The Prom Queen vocalist Michael Crafter, visiting from Adelaide, also first saw the group and gained their interest. The I Killed the Prom Queen / Parkway Drive: Split CD was released June 2003 and both groups toured Australia over the rest of the year.
Then, the band released the Don’t Close Your Eyes EP in 2004 and afterwards Parkway Drive flew to the United States, where they recorded their debut full-length Killing with a Smile with Killswitch Engage guitarist Adam Dutkiewicz in just two weeks. The album debuted in the Australian Album (ARIA) charts at 39. In 2006 the group toured in Europe, their first time performing overseas, and later returned to North America
Don’t Close Your Eyes EP & Killing With A Smile
Following their return to Adam Dutkiewicz’s studio, Horizons was released on 6 October 2007. The album was generally acclaimed by critics and fans alike; and wasawarded 10/10 It debuted at number 6 on the ARIA Charts.
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.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» and «Hollow». 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. 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.
In an interview with NME, Winston spoke briefly about an upcoming fourth studio album, Atlas. Winston is quoted as saying, «We’ve got ideas for this record that are bigger than anything we’ve done in the past. 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.
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.
Atlas & Home Is For The Heartless
In February 2014, Parkway Drive announced they will be participating in the 2014 Warped Tour on the main stage. On 11 April 2014 they announced that they are working on a new album. On 4 June 2015, Parkway Drive teased a letter for their upcoming fifth studio album; later the same day, the album cover was leaked online in its entirety. The 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 was 25 September. On 20 June, «Vice Grip» peaked at number 88 on the Australian singles chart.
Parkway Drive have, also, released another DVD: Parkway Drive: The DVD(2009) and along with the Home Is For The Heartless DVD (2012) they showed the band while touring and their impressions about each city and country they visited while touring.