BY DREW SINCOCK
The excitement was palpable as I eagerly awaited my second sold-out show of the year at The Fillmore. This time around, it felt like the entire city had descended upon the venue, with fans lining up around the block, even in the FastPass lane. Parkway Drive, Memphis May Fire, and Currents had brought their electrifying Darker Still Tour to Charlotte, NC, and the energy in the air was absolutely electric. Although I had never seen Parkway Drive perform before, the buzz of anticipation in the crowd made me feel like I was about to witness something truly spectacular.
Currents is a metalcore band from Fairfield, Connecticut, formed in 2011. The band has gone through a variety of line-up changes over the years. Currently, the band consists of Brian Wille (vocals), Chris Wiseman (guitars), Ryan Castaldi (guitars), Christian Pulgarin (bass, backing unclean vocals), and Matt Young (drums).
These guys put on an intense show in Charlotte, NC which had the moshpits opened up as people were still spilling into the venue. Currents had an engaging set and their energy was sky-high throughout the night. I had a fantastic time watching this band live for the first time and I hope they come back through here soon. If Currents comes to your city don’t miss out! You can find the band on Instagram here. You can find their latest release here.
Memphis May Fire
Memphis May Fire is a metalcore band that originated in Denton, TX in 2006. Since its inception, Memphis May Fire has released seven studio albums and two EPs to date. Their latest album Remade In Misery was released on June 3, 2022 (via Rise Records). The band is made up of Matty Mullins (Lead Vocals), Kellen McGregor (lead guitar, backing vocals), Cory Elder (bass), and Jake Garland (drums).
This was my second time covering Memphis May Fire and it was even better this time. The band always gives a great performance and you can always count on a few smiles from Matty Mullins. The crowd continued to grow louder with each song they played, along with an increasing number of crowd surfers flying over the barricades. There was no lack of moshpits amongst the crowd this time around. I highly recommend catching a Memphis May Fire show any chance you get. You can find their latest album Remade In Misery here. Also, check them out on Instagram here.
Parkway Drive is an Australian metalcore band from Byron Bay, New South Wales, formed in 2003. The band has gone on to have released six studio albums, one EP, two DVDs, a split album, and one book, titled Ten Years of Parkway Drive. Parkway Drive’s lineup has been consistent since 2006 featuring Winston McCall (lead vocals), Jeff Ling (lead guitar), Luke “Pig” Kilpatrick (rhythm guitar), Ben “Gaz” Gordon (drums), and Jia “Pie” O’Connor (bass).
It was an unforgettable night at The Fillmore as Parkway Drive took the stage and unleashed a performance that left the crowd absolutely mesmerized. From the very first notes of their explosive hit “Glitch”, off their latest album Darker Still to the crowd-pleasers “Prey” and “Carrion” Parkway Drive had the audience in the palm of their hands. As the show went on, the number of crowd surfers multiplied exponentially, a clear sign that Charlotte was thrilled to have the band back. For me, it was my first time seeing Parkway Drive perform live, and I knew right then and there that it would not be my last. It was an incredible show from start to finish, with every band on the bill giving it their all and leaving the audience hungry for more. You can find Parkway Drive on Instagram here. You can find their latest album Darker Still here.
Parkway Drive’s Setlist: Glitch / Prey / Carrion / The Void / Soul Bleach / Vice Grip / Dedicated / Imperial Heretic / Karma / Boneyards / The Greatest Fear / Darker Still / Bottom Feeder / Crushed / Wild Eyes