SUNDAY 14TH DECEMBER 2014
Parkway Drive was formed at the end of 2002. Their name is from the band's hometown in Byron Bay, New South Wales, where the group practiced in the basement of a members home, called the "Parkway House", on Parkway Drive – the street's name. Not long after their initial breakthrough, they released a split EP with metalcore band I Killed the Prom Queen, entitled I Killed the Prom Queen / Parkway Drive: Split CD in 2003. Parkway Drive also made an appearance on The Red Sea compilation What We've Built, preceded by their EP, Don't Close Your Eyes. After their first EP release they split ways with original bassist Brett Versteeg who was replaced by Shaun Cash.
In May 2005, they headed to America to record their debut album with metal producer, Adam Dutkiewicz from the band Killswitch Engage whose production credits include Unearth and Underoath. Since the release of Don't Close Your Eyes, Parkway Drive have rapidly accumulated a fanbase Australia-wide, courtesy of support slots for international acts including Hatebreed, In Flames, Chimaira, Shadows Fall, As I Lay Dying, Bleeding Through, Alexisonfire, and performances at Metal for the Brain 2005 and Australia's Hardcore 2005. The band's debut album, Killing with a Smile was released in August 2005 and has since sold in excess of 30,000 copies in Australia. They toured strongly behind the album, playing dozens of headlining shows, as well as an appearance at the Gold Coast leg of the Big Day Out festival in January 2006. In June 2006, the band was signed to Epitaph Records, which released their debut album Killing with a Smile in the United States during August of that year.