Parkway Drive: “As a musician, I just can’t sit still with my legs crossed”

Parkway Drive
(Image credit: Dave LePage)

Coming to us live from his home studio – or as he’d rather call it, his “little underground doomsday bunker” – Parkway Drive’s Jeff Ling says with a forced chuckle, trying (and immediately failing) to shelter his anxiety: “Honestly, I’m scared of this room. I spent a lot of time in here over the last few years, so now I only come here when I need to escape the noises of my kids and everyone else upstairs. I call it the ‘trainwreck studio’ because I’ve got two young children, and life has just been so busy that it hasn’t been vacuumed in like five years, so there’s stuff stuck to the walls and all over the floor… It looks really sad in here – but it gets the job done!” 

It’s in this place of chaotic privacy that Ling – and the rest of the nigh-on iconic Byron Bay crew – have completed their latest job, masting the art of brutalising metal on their seventh studio album, Darker Still. The album has it all, running the full gamut of metal from Southern to thrash, all the way to glam. It also offers hints of Floydian prog and brooding industrial like Nine Inch Nails, popping up on songs that frontman Winston McCall says the group has never had the courage, time or understanding to attempt… Until now, of course. 

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