Parkway Drive are back in the studio to record new music earlier than planned, as coronavirus continues to halt touring worldwide.

Speaking on themusic‘s Green Room podcast with Neil Griffiths, the band explained since being forced to cancel their Aussie & European tour dates, they’d decided to fast-track their next album and have already jumped back in the studio.

Parkway Drive hadn’t originally planned on a follow-up to 2018 record Reverence so soon, but the pandemic has changed those plans. Frontman and singer Winston McCall says they are “very, very early” in the process of the new album.

“This process was gonna start next year but we were like, ‘Well, if gigs end up getting shifted around this year… we’re just gonna free up that space, so start writing now.'”

But fans shouldn’t get too excited too early, warns McCall. “It’s gonna take time. We promised ourselves we’d give ourselves time.”

Check out ‘Prey’ by Parkway Drive:

“The idea was it was going to be pretty far down the line. But with all of this going on, we are literally having band meetings every other week… everything is shifting, McCall continues. “We really don’t know how long it will take to write the record that we want to write.

“It could be done in a month… but I really doubt it, just because I know that when we write it takes us a long time to get to the point where we sit on something where we like writing something and coming back to it six months later and seeing if it still holds water. And if it doesn’t hold water, it’s scrapped and we rewrite.

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“We’ve definitely started. There’s riffs and bits of songs and concepts. We’re definitely into it, you just never know.”

Parkway Drive premiered their Viva The Underdogs documentary in January with a limited cinematic release, but recently announced the doco will be available on streaming services in Australia from April 24.

Check out the trailer for ‘Viva The Underdogs’: