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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.
The band's line-up has remained consistent for most of their career, with the only exceptions being the departure of Brett Versteeg in 2004, followed by Shaun Cash in 2006; since the addition of bassist Jia O'Connor in 2006, no members have left the group.
Early years and Killing With A Smile (2003–2006)
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. After signing with Resist Records the band released the Don't Close Your Eyes EP in 2004 and opened for Shadows Fall, Chimaira, Hatebreed and Alexisonfire on subsequent Australian tours. Winston McCall commented on the EP in early 2005 that he was surprised that 'for six songs it's done amazing for us...I'm surprised that kids picked it up so well' Following Brett Versteeg's replacement by Shaun Cash, 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. Manager Graham Norton later noted that 'it was not the "done thing" for an Australian band to head overseas and work with a producer of that sort of calibre'. 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. In late May 2006, bass player Shaun Cash left the band for personal reasons with full support from the rest of the members. He was replaced by their "merch guy" and long-time friend, Jia "Pie" O'Connor. Parkway Drive signed to American punk label Epitaph in June 2006.
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; 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.
Deep Blue (2010–2011)
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.
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 received the Australian Independent Record (AIR) Award for 'Best Independent Hard Rock or Punk Album' in 2010 for Deep Blue.
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.
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." 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."
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.
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 on their Instagram 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 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. "Crushed" from Ire later reached number 96 on 29 August.
On July 11 2016, the band released a new single "Devil's Calling" for the deluxe edition of Ire.
The band's genre has been described as metalcore. Their sound employs unclean vocals, guitar riffs and breakdowns. Unlike many other popular modern metalcore bands, Parkway Drive did not use clean vocals on any of their studio albums until their most recent studio album Ire, although they did use them on some songs on their first two EPs, on which they were performed by the band's original bassist Brett Versteeg. Parkway Drive's vocalist, Winston McCall, has a younger brother who is a vocalist in the hardcore punk band 50 Lions.
Musical inspirations for Parkway Drive include acts such as Metallica, Rage Against the Machine, Lamb of God, Slipknot, Killswitch Engage, Hatebreed, Slayer, Unearth, King 810, The Offspring, In Flames, Bleeding Through, The Dillinger Escape Plan, Sepultura, Death and Bad Religion.
2007 Vans Warped Tour- As I Lay Dying, Killswitch Engage, Chiodos, Funeral for a Friend, Coheed & Cambria, All Time Low, Blessthefall, Alesana, New Found Glory, Bad Religion, Parkway Drive, Haste the Day, Norma Jean
2008 USA Winter Tour- Killswitch Engage, The Dillinger Escape Plan, Every Time I Die, Parkway Drive
Thrash and Burn 2008- Darkest Hour, Parkway Drive, Suicide Silence, After the Burial, Misery Signals, Winds of Plague, Stick to your Guns, Arsis, Abigail Williams, Arsonists Get All the Girls, Emmure, Veil of Maya, As Blood Runs Black
Sweat Fest 2008- Parkway Drive, A Day to Remember, Suicide Silence, The Acacia Strain, Confession
Never Say Die 2008 Tour- Parkway Drive, Unearth, Protest the Hero, Despised Icon, Architects, Carnifex, Whitechapel
Sick Summer Tour- Parkway Drive, Confession, Word Up!
Never Say Die 2010 Tour- Parkway Drive, Comeback Kid, Bleeding Through, Emmure, War From A Harlots Mouth, Your Demise
2010 Vans Warped Tour- The Dillinger Escape Plan, Suicide Silence, Of Mice & Men, Parkway Drive, The Word Alive, Attack Attack, Closure in Moscow, Sum 41, Bad Religion, In Fear and Faith, Every Time I Die
Deep Blue New Zealand Tour- Parkway Drive, The Ghost Inside, The Devil Wears Prada, Antagonist
European 2010 Tour- Parkway Drive, Despised Icon, Winds of Plague, The Warriors, 50 Lions
BMTH European Headliner- Bring Me The Horizon, Parkway Drive, Architects, The Devil Wears Prada
Deep Blue USA headliner- Parkway Drive, Set Your Goals, The Ghost Inside, The Warriors
Madness & Mayhem- Bring Me the Horizon, Parkway Drive, Architects, Deez Nuts, While She Sleeps
The Mix n Mash Tour- Parkway Drive, Miss May I, Confession, The Wonder Years
2012 European Tour- Parkway Drive, The Ghost Inside, Miss May I,
Atlas Australian Tour- Parkway Drive, I Killed the Prom Queen, Northlane, Confession
Atlas European Tour- Parkway Drive, Emmure, The Word Alive, Structures
Atlas North American Tour- Parkway Drive, The Word Alive, Veil of Maya, While She Sleeps
2013 Euro Summer Cruise- Parkway Drive, Chelsea Grin, After the Burial, Rise of the North Star, Thy Art is Murder
2013 Vans Warped Tour (Europe and Australia)
Mini 2014 USA Tour- Parkway Drive, Upon A Burning Body, Betrayal
South American Tour- Parkway Drive & Heaven Shall Burn
2014 Vans Warped Tour
European Tour 2014- Parkway Drive, Heaven Shall Burn, Carnifex, Northlane
IRE 2015 Australian Tour- Parkway Drive, Thy Art is Murder, Memphis May Fire, The Word Alive
IRE 2015 United States Tour- Parkway Drive, Miss May I, Thy Art is Murder, In Hearts Wake
IRE 2016 UK Tour- Parkway Drive, Bury Tomorrow, Thy Art is Murder
IRE 2016 European Tour- Parkway Drive, Architects, Thy Art is Murder
IRE 2016 Russia Tour- Parkway Drive & Annisok
Some Shows USA Tour- A Day to Remember, Parkway Drive, State Champs
IRE USA Spring Tour- Parkway Drive
All Aussie Adventure Tour- Parkway Drive & Make Them Suffer
IRE European Summer Tour
Unbreakable USA Tour- Parkway Drive, We Came as Romans, Counterparts
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