Though it was an unexpected surprise to see resident hardcore band The Weight stepping up to the plate as first on the bill, the up and coming locals did the scene proud filling in for East Coast comrades Northlane who, although scheduled to play in Adelaide as part of the Australian tour, had to withdraw for the night due to unforeseen circumstances. Hammering out a handful of songs off their debut LP, Prisoners of the Flock, The Weight gave it their all in a heavy set that added Parkway to their growing arsenal of both national and international bands they’ve supported, including well known US outfit, Terror. Next stop, world domination for these intense musicians.
Metalcore veterans, I Killed The Prom Queen (or the fan abbreviated, IKTPQ) took to the stage next with songs off their most popular album to date, Music for the Recently Deceased, including Say Goodbye and €666. Determined to pack the floor with as many fit and able bodies as they could muster from the crowded halls and seating areas, IKTPQ’s new frontman, Jamie Hope urged the fans to wake up and give it all they had for a short, but sweet set that left everyone keen for the latest studio release on the cards for 2013 since their four-year long hiatus and reformation. Their appropriate return to their hometown of Adelaide felt good, best put into words by Hope who although was still fronting Victorian band, The Red Shore at the time of IKTPQ and Parkway’s first collaboration on their EP, Don’t Close Your Eyes, gave a respectful summary of the hard work they all have put forward over the years and the mighty empires they have risen to in the eyes of both their fellow musicians and punters.
While it seems like they have been everywhere though, they still remember where they are from and in McCall’s own words, the home soil means a lot to them. They too mean the world to fans; this much can be said after McCall’s reaction to punters’ final stretch for the night during an encore of Home is for the Heartless and Carrion, who paused during Carrion to coax more blood, sweat and tears from all and stood proudly at the helm, a loyal family of fans in for the fight – and what we all hope is another decade and trip to Parkway’s success.
Review by Rebecca Grant
Photos by Sofie Marsden. Check out the full gallery here