Parkway Drive @ Wollongong Uni, 25th June ’16 – Across The Ocean

Parkway Drive @ Wollongong Uni, 25th June ’16

Having already conquered all of our main cities in support of last year’s album Ire, it seems Parkway Drive’s touring itch still required scratching.

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This time around the focus of the affable Byron Bay hardcore masters was to be our rural and regional centres. As a result we find ourselves this evening down in Wollongong Uni, filing into a large room that I had no knowledge of hitherto.

Parkway Drive @ Wollongong Uni, 25th June ’16

Despite the crushing brutality of their sound, PWD possess a sense of humour and laconic larrikinism that sets them apart from others of their ilk. This begins before the show with cranked up Bon Jovi and Queen epics pumped out to inspire tongue in cheek yellalongs, to which the youthful crowd duly obliged. Then comes the unexpected explosion of red streamers and confetti as the feverish crowd is hit with the one-two punch of ‘Destroyer‘ and ‘Dying‘.

Parkway Drive @ Wollongong Uni, 25th June ’16

With a grin stretching from ear to ear frontman Winston McCall expresses his simple wish for everyone to leave the gig a happier person. The message is received as an inspired youngster magically materialises on a blow-up raft and commences a wobbly journey on a sea of eagerly helpful hands.

Parkway Drive @ Wollongong Uni, 25th June ’16

Aside from the tracks from Ire, tonight’s set is basically a best of, which crowd pleasing singles such as ‘Idols And Anchors‘ and ‘Wild Eyes‘ making for a consistantly surging set.

Parkway Drive @ Wollongong Uni, 25th June ’16

As someone not overly familiar with the intricacies of the hardcore genre I found this evening’s combination of sonic aggression and playfulness an intriguing experience. PWD have it all down. They are a bunch of laidback surfer buddies who just happen to produce bowel shattering mayhem.

Parkway Drive @ Wollongong Uni, 25th June ’16

As the night closes with another bombardment of confetti and streamers I find myself reflecting upon McCalls earlier call for everyone to leave the room that little bit happier. Looking at the smiles on faces at the end of the show, I’m pretty confident he got his wish.

Parkway Drive @ Wollongong Uni, 25th June ’16

Photos: Benon Julius William Otto Koebsch

Gavin Stocker

Gavin Stocker

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Outside of Across The Ocean Gavin Stocker writes, records and performs music under the moniker of P Truck.

He can also be found clinging to his youth on a skateboard or wandering aimlessly through the bush.
Gavin Stocker