''There won’t be a new record anytime soon…'' - hmv.com meets Parkway Drive
Australian metalcore band Parkway Drive are on the crest of a wave right now. Their fourth studio album Atlas has proved to be their most successful to date and they’ve been playing to bigger and bigger crowds all over the world.
We caught up with frontman Winston McCall at the Vans Warped Tour at Alexandra Palace last weekend to talk about their plans for the follow-up to Atlas.
So are we safe to assume this is the end of your UK commitments for Atlas?
I don’t know actually, we’ve not really thought about it in those terms. We don’t have plans to release anything soon so we might be back. I guess it’s the last time for a while though.
Where are you with new material? Are you guys writing again?
Yeah we’re back writing again, but we’ve set out a fair old whack of time for writing and making sure we try things out.
We don’t rush writing, we’ve got big plans for what we want to achieve and what we want to come back with. I don’t expect us to come back with a record anytime soon.
Can you put any kind of timescale on when your next record might emerge?
It’s pretty vague, at least a year, I think Atlas will be around for a while longer; we’re keen to have a bigger gap between records.
Is that a conscious thing? You’d rather have more of a gap?
I think so. We’re a lot happier now with the amount of songs we’ve got to play live, so we can mix it up a lot more. We don't stop touring so for us it's mainly about being able to have lots of choose from.
We’ve got a bigger catalogue now, but it’s been great that the songs from Atlas have come over so well. Now it’s about what we have to cut from the set, which is a fantastic position to be in.
How have crowds responded to the new tracks from Atlas when you’ve played them live?
It’s been amazing. From the second we started dropping them into the set people have just responded so well to them. I think it’s shown us that we really have a range of songs that are revered by our fans.
Finally, what’s been your favourite record of 2013?
Nick Cave And The Bad Seeds – Push The Sky Away. I think it’s an absolute masterpiece in how you do minimilisation. He’s one of the best artists around and he’s still doing it.
Parkway Drive’s Atlas is out now.