In the kitchen of the Byron Bay home of Winston McCall stands a refrigerator, adorned on one side by a quote from Tom Waits: "I want beautiful melodies telling me terrible things." This, the Parkway Drive vocalist says, is a pretty good summation of himself. It holds true, too, as one of the guiding principles behind Darker Still, the seventh full-length album to be born of this picturesque and serene corner of north-eastern NSW, Australia, and the defining musical statement to date from one of modern metal's most revered bands. Darker Still, McCall says, is the vision he and his bandmates have held in their mind's eye since a misfit group of friends first convened in their parents' basements and backyards in 2003. The journey to reach this moment has seen Parkway evolve from metal underdogs to festival-headlining behemoth, off the back of close to 20 gruelling years, six critically and commercially acclaimed studio albums (all of which achieving Gold status in their home nation), three documentaries, one live album, and many, many thousands of shows.
Influenced by 80s and 90s alt-rock bands, California-based HUNNY has one motto–to make music forever! “We just want to grow this thing as much as we possibly can and be the biggest band possible. And just have fun and do it forever,” the band expressed. Composed of lead singer and guitarist Jason Yager, guitarist Jake Goldstein, drummer Joey Anderson, and bassist/keyboard player Kevin Grimmett, Hunny released their full-length debut, Yes Yes. Yes. Yes. in 2019.