Get the Best of Metalcore With Parkway Drive
Parkway Drive is a 2002 band that formed at Byron Bay, New South Wales, Australia. Within their 8 year period, Parkway Drive only released two full-length albums along with an EP, a DVD, and two split albums.
The name Parkway Drive originated from the actual street name located in Byron Bay, Australia. The street name served as the house location called “Parkway House” where the band kept on practicing. Band members, Winston McCall, Ben Gordon, Jeff Ling, Like Kilpatrick, Shaun Cash, And Brett Versteeg got together with another metalcore band, I Killed the Prom Queen to produce a split EP titled “I Killed the Prom Queen / Parkway Drive.”
The following year, Parkway Drive released their first EP titled “Don’t Close Your Eyes” containing 8 tracks. The release of their EP saw positive reception from Australia which led to the band having their own fan base. Other popular bands like Hatebreed and Shadows Fall further expanded Parkway Drive’s presence as they performed in the same event as them.
May 2005 served as their first milestone when they travelled to the US to prepare and record their first ever studio album. After their first album titled “Killing with a Smile” was released, the band started to tour around to further promote the album. A year later, the album made its way to the US after they signed up with Epitaph Records. Around that time, bass player Shaun Cash left the band in good terms with the other members because of personal issues.
The other bass player, Brett Versteeg left as well. The band was still able to move on when the band’s long-time friend Jia “Pie” O’Connor took over the bass player role. More tours followed, fueling more popularity amongst Australian metal fans. The “Don’t Close Your Eyes” EP was also re-released containing tracks from their split EP and earlier tracks present in the Byron Bay Hardcore compilation. Their second Parkway Drive album titled “Horizons” also met critical praise.
Studio Albums Released
“Killing with a Smile” served as their debut album recorded in 2005 and released in the US 2006. The album played a major role in giving the band international recognition. Adam Dutkiewicz of Killswitch Engage fame produced the album.
October 2007 saw the release of their second album called “Horizons.” Fans highly anticipated the release since they played a few songs that were going to be in the album live. Both critics and fans enjoyed the album, making its way to number six on the ARIA Charters. It is now the bestselling release in the band’s history and has reached multi-platinum status in Europe.
Vocalist Winston McCall announced in 2010 that Parkway Drive is working on a new album claiming that it “will be their rawest, and heaviest record to date.” Subsequent updates were posted on online avenues including MySpace and their blog. There is no word on the title of the album or how many tracks it would contain, but the album will be released after their current European Tour and before the Vans Warped Tour to start on June 2010.