A while ago I asked the question, “Why is Parkway Drive popular??” Here’s the gist of it:
Just caught the new video for “Karma,” which is pretty cool because it’s them playing on a beach (instead of a grassy field or desert, as seen in 90% of other metalcore videos). The video is sweet, but I guess I don’t see or hear anything that is any different from the 9 zillion other metalcore bands out there who sound like a less talented version of KSE, ALID, etc. Of course, a hot singer can more than make up for mediocre music, but this guy doesn’t look like anything special to me (no homo).
About 20 people told me if I watched their DVD, I would get it. And you know what? They were right!
Official DVD trailer: You’ll laugh, you’ll cry, you’ll mosh! And you can watch the whole thing on Youtube here.
I watched the whole DVD, and I have to admit that it converted me into a Parkway Drive fan. I’ve met/interviewed/hung out with the majority of the currently popular metalcore bands, and for the most part they are self-centered little douchebags who wish they were rockstars, so I definitely appreciate that Parkway Drive seem a lot like people I would have been friends with in high school– very chill, laid back dudes who just want to bring the mosh and have some fun.
Also, I’m not one of these “Mr. Old School” types who gets butthurt when younger kids don’t know about every obscure old hardcore band, but I will admit that I’m slightly bummed that most current metalcore bands literally know nothing about real punk or hardcore. For example, I would be pretty shocked if anybody in Asking Alexandria or We Came As Romans knew a single Black Flag song. Again, I’m not hating on them for it, but it’s a little funny that they are considered metalcore when they don’t really know anything about either metal or hardcore, but whatever.
With that in mind, I thought it was pretty cool that the Parkway dudes worship Bad Religion, a band who started years before any of them were even born. I guess it says something that my standards for punk rock credibility have sunk so low that being a Bad Religion fan enough to get a pat on the back from me :/