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.
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.