The Parkway is Open / by Ill-Advised

After months of recording and mixing, today, PARKWAY DIVIDES is finally released worldwide. It’s hard to put into words just how much this record means to me and how excited I am for music fans to hear it.

The last six months I’ve worked day and night in pursuit of creating an album that was honest, challenging, and uncompromising. I produced, recorded, wrote, arranged, sang, and played every instrument on this record in my basement with a $300 microphone, guitar isolation cab made out of plywood and styrofoam, and a computer. There were a lot of limitations I had to overcome - a lot of things I had to learn on my feet - which is probably what makes Parkway Divides so special to me. Sometimes, limitations can force you to be more creative, and I think this record is nothing if not creative.

I’ve always been inspired by the ‘do-it-yourself’ mentality of early punk bands like New Jersey’s own, The Misfits, and the “limitation” of making my first record on my own - producing it on my own - ended up being more freeing than stifling. By working alone without a band or an outside producer, there was no one to tell me what I could or could not do. It allowed me to make the most uncompromising record I could make - the record I wanted to make.

Mix engineer Michael James heard something in the initial demos and in addition to becoming one of my closest friends, he helped take these songs to the next level as you’ll hear by the timeless mixes on Parkway Divides. I learned a lot from Michael, and he was an invaluable asset in achieving the vision for this crazy one hour and one minute concept record. Thank you doesn’t sum up how integral he was to getting this album completed and sounding great. David Donnelly mastered the record - putting the finishing touches on Parkway Divides - and a huge thank you is owed to him as well.

But, I really have to thank everyone who pre-ordered during our Pledge Music campaign. All seventy-six of you helped to make this possible. You believed in some kid from New Jersey and without all of you, this album would never have happened. I may not have had a band, but your support made me feel like I had a team behind me. Your names are all listed in the liner notes of the CD version of the album as a small thank you and will remain there so long as the album is printed.

Last but not least, I want to thank my mom, Jane. She raised me on her own and always encouraged my creative and musical interests from a young age. She has been my biggest fan, my best friend, and let this crazy kid make a loud rock album for six months in the basement until all hours of the night.

Thank you to everyone who has and will take the time to listen to Parkway Divides from start to finish. I know it’s not easy feat to listen to an hour long concept record in 2015, but if you do, at the very least, I hope it makes you feel something.

With love and thanks,

H.M.