Parkway Drive discuss ‘bigger’ new album at Sonisphere

Band also give update on guitarist Luke 'Pig' Kilpatrick, who played Knebworth set from a wheelchair

Parkway Drive have said that they’ve got some “ideas that are bigger than anything we’ve done in the past” for their fourth studio album.

Speaking to NME backstage at Sonisphere, frontman Winston McCall said that the band wanted to record new tracks “sooner rather than later”.

He said of the band’s plans for their new album: “We’ve got ideas for this record that are bigger than anything we’ve done in the past. We’re trying to pencil it in, but we want to get in the studio sooner rather than later.”

McCall also said he didn’t believe that the material would be written with bigger crowds in mind. He added: “We’ve never written like that in the first place, we always wrote for ourselves. I mean, it’s cool to be able to write a part that loads of people can sing along to, but you can’t really factor that in. It just happens.”

The singer also gave an update on the condition of the band’s guitarist Luke ‘Pig’ Kilpatrick. The guitarist has been forced to play with the band from a wheelchair after a surfing accident, but McCall said he was improving and would be up on his feet for the band’s next tour.

He said: “I think he’ll be in a cast for a couple more weeks. His leg had swelled up to the size of a football, but it’s come down now. He still can’t walk on it yet. It’s made for an interesting couple of tours and it’ll be weird when he is walking around again.”

The band are also set to tour North America with Bring Me The Horizon and Architects, with McCall promising to give the Sheffield noiseniks “football revenge every single day”.

Earlier, Parkway Drive played a rapturously received set on the festival’s Apollo Stage, with McCall describing Sonisphere, as “the craziest show we’ve ever played. The reaction was unbelievable, one of the best I’ve ever seen.”

The band played a seven-song set, featuring songs from their 2010 third album ‘Deep Blue’, including opener ‘Unrest’.

Parkway Drive played:

‘Unrest’
‘Boneyards’
‘Idols And Anchors’
‘Sleepwalker’
‘Deliver Me’
‘Home Is For The Heartless’
‘Carrion’

Sonisphere continues today with sets from Motorhead, Limp Bizkit and a headline set from Slipknot.

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