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Transcript of Parkway drive
from Byron Bay,
New South Wales, formed in 2002.
As of 2012, Parkway Drive has
released four full-length albums,
Killing with a Smile, Horizons,
Deep Blue, and Atlas, two DVDs, an EP,
entitled Don't Close Your Eyes
and two split albums. 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. Horizons (2007–2009)
Parkway Drive performing at 2007's Warped Tour.
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. 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 frontman 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 also stated in the interview that he was suffering from rectal prolapse, and 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. PARKWAY DRIVE Atlas (2012–present)
Main article: Atlas (Parkway Drive album)
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." According to Parkway Drive via Instagram, they have officially completed tracking their fourth full length album and have begun editing and mixing.
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
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 their upcoming album Atlas, which is due out on 26 October.
On October 16th 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 was untitled.