Parkway Drive's Winston McCall Discusses New Album "Deep Blue"
Australian "metalcore played by surfers" act Parkway Drive will be hitting U.S. shores in February in support of the band's latest release "Deep Blue." While Parkway Drive takes a break from live shows to recharge its batteries and write new material, vocalist Winston McCall recently discussed the new album and the band's upcoming plans.
Talking about the construction of "Deep Blue," McCall stated, "We tried to write a record the flowed from start to end, as opposed to writing a hand full of random songs and putting them in whatever order. We also tried to record in as natural way as possible. It was very stripped back and we tried to just get as bigger sounds as possible without relying on digital manipulation and computer tricks." He also goes on to explain the creation of the "Sleepwalker" video and writing a continuing narrative for the album's lyrics.
xFiruath: Fill me in on the history of Parkway Drive. When did the band get together and how do the members know each other?
Winston: We got together late 2002 and played our first show early 2003. We come from a small town with an even smaller hardcore scene so we all knew each other previously, except for Jeff. We knew who he was, but he was too much of a weirdo for us to actually hang out with.
xFiruath: For anyone who hadn’t heard your band before, how would you describe your sound?
Winston: Hardcore kids trying to play metal music without any actual background in metal. In other words, metalcore, only played by surfers.
xFiruath: Tell me about the new album “Deep Blue.” What’s different on this album from the last ones?
Winston: The main differences lies in the way we wrote and recorded the record. It still sounds like Parkway and has all the parts there, we just arranged it differently from anything we did in the past. We tried to write a record the flowed from start to end, as opposed to writing a hand full of random songs and putting them in whatever order. We also tried to record in as natural way as possible. It was very stripped back and we tried to just get as bigger sounds as possible without relying on digital manipulation and computer tricks.
xFiruath: Where did you record the album and who did you work with?
Winston: We recorded with Joe Barresi at Joe's House of Compression in LA. It was great.
xFiruath: What do your lyrics deal with and who handles the lyrics?
Winston: I handle the lyrics. For this record I followed a narrative from start to finish. It follows a disillusioned man on his journey in search of enlightenment and truth and the results that they bear upon finding them.
xFiruath: Tell me a bit about recording the video for “Sleepwalker” and why you chose that song for a video.
Winston: We chose this song for the riff, pretty plain and simple, but for us it just got stuck in our head so we went with it. The clip came about via a friend of ours and his skills with CGI. We just wanted to do something different, for better or worse. I had a bunch of crazy ideas, as you can kind of tell from the clip, and our friend Aaron Briggs made it happen. I scripted the clip and we shot the whole thing between the two of us over a three day period. After we edited it down, Aaron worked his arse off for 3 months layering the CGI stuff in. I'm still not sure if he slept or not while he was working.
xFiruath: Where are you guys heading out on tour next and who are you going with?
Winston: Our next tour is state side USA with our friends in Set Your Goals, The Ghost Inside, and The Warriors. It's going to be cold.
xFiruath: What’s on the horizon for the band? Do you have any other tours coming up or plans to record new material?
Winston: At the moment we have six weeks off, which for us is a life time, so we're about to start writing again. Other than that we don't really stop touring so there is a good chance we'll be playing somewhere near you this year.
xFiruath: What bands and albums have you been listening to lately?
Winston: The Gaslight Anthem, Against Me!, Trapped Under Ice and Terror.
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