Parkway Drive wasn't planning on writing the follow-up to their 2018 album Reverence this year, but nobody was really planning on this year being what it is. Vocalist Winston McCall told Rock Sound that the band is working on a new album this year while touring is on hiatus, effectively flipping their normal workflow. Though he later added fans shouldn't expect to hear anything anytime soon.
"We've started writing, which is awesome. It's not something that happens fast for us. Basically, our calendar is messed up. We were gonna take a whole bunch of time off next year to start writing anyway, and now our [touring plans for] this year [have] been wiped out. So, let's just flip the years around — that kind of thing — so we've started writing now. And I'm not sure that's gonna mean that anything will be out sooner — I probably doubt it — but it definitely makes it where we're active. Which is really, really cool — it's a challenge, but it's fun. It's nice to know that there's a lot of gas in the tank, which is really, really cool. At this initial stage, you always hope the passion is still there. You just never know.
"When we write an album and we record an album, we really do put everything we have into one [project until there is] nothing left. We just hope it comes back. Because we always walk out, and it's, like, 'I can't imagine ever writing another song [like that]. That's all the ideas we have at this point in time.' And you hope the spark comes back. And it's been fun. It's been fun because — lots of sparks."