As some of you may have gathered from the last couple of posts, I’ve started writing for Australia’s newest independent punk/alternative music publication, AUSTRALIAN HYSTERIA MAGAZINE. The debut issue went on sale a week or so ago on Australian newsstands. If your local newsagent doesn’t have Hysteria please ask them to order it in for you. You can also subscribe here.

I’m posting interview extract/previews kicking off with…

PARKWAY DRIVE [Hysteria extract]

BIANCA: I noticed titles such as Samsara and Karma along with lyrics like existence is suffering! on the record—all ideas from the Buddhist philosophy, over the last few years have you looked into Buddhism at all?

WINSTON MCCALL: My mother is Buddhist so I have reasonable knowledge. One of the most amazing things I’ve ever been able to do was go see the Dalai Lama talk which was very inspiring to say the least! It’s wonderful to watch someone with different perspectives from yours speak on their theories of life. I try to incorporate as much of what I’ve found to have given me enlightenment in life into this record. It’s not necessarily a religious thing. The idea of karma and getting what you’re giving and things equaling out is not religious but almost a scientific fact—every action has an equal and opposite reaction. There’s just certain ways of describing these things in the universe… that’s the most eloquent way I can describe it I guess in someone else’s terms.

To read the entire interview pick up the mag…

Notes: I’ve interviewed Parkway Drive several times over their career. It’s been amazing to see their climb to success. The band that started out in the beachside town of Byron Bay, Australia with the one goal of writing and playing songs to make their friends mosh an entire set ends up signing to the world’s largest indie punk label Epitaph Records and touring the world. Dreams do come true! They’ve come a long way from the Mary Street/River City Hardcore/North Coast Hardcore/Club Sabotage gig days. They’ve proven that with a dream and hard work you can live the life that you love. To me, one of the greatest things about Parkway is the fact that despite all their success they’ve stayed totally grounded. When Hysteria’s editor Joey attended their recent Brisbane Riverstage show he told me how stoked the guys were to be on Hysteria’s debut cover.

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