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For a band that redefined a quintessentially Australian sound on their 2014 classic ‘Any Old Love’, Queensland’s Halfway travelled halfway around the world to record their follow up ‘The Golden Halfway Record’ in Nashville, Tennessee.
Working with lauded producer Mark Nevers (Calexico, Bonnie Prince Billy, George Jones) and releasing for the first time through ABC Music, the band left to find a global sound and returned with an ode to adolescence in Halfway’s core duo John Busby and Chris Dale’s hometown of Rockhampton. The album’s first cut “Bret Canham’s Leather Jacket” tells the story of a kid they knew who, with his penchant for ‘weird’ clothes, hairstyles and music, stood out and suffered for it.
Canham refused to submit and flaunted it with a defiant smile before torching Rocky and headed to a relatively more tolerant Brisbane. Halfway’s story is drawn with a similar narrative arc. From Brisbane, it’s a long way to go to Nashville to make a record that’s not very country but very
Rockhampton – just as Grant McLennan, who was conspicuously also a Rocky boy, had to go to London to write “Cattle & Cane.” It’s often, as they say, only the road out of town that leads you back to yourself. This golden album is another milestone on that road.
Forming in 2000, Halfway boasts members including Rocky trio John Busby, Chris Dale and Elwin Hawtin, singer songwriter Luke Peacock, Ben Johnson, Dublin-born brothers Noel and Liam Fitzpatrick and ex-Go Between John Willsteed. With a trilogy of albums with critical acclaim and a bunch of Queensland Music Awards already under their belt, Halfway drew a line in the sand with their fourth, 2014’s concept album ‘Any Old Love’ which catapulted the band onto the national stage with five star reviews, national airplay and an AIR Award for Best Country Album. The album explored the life of a washed-up jockey living in outback Queensland, and addressed the psyche of small-town rural Australia through songs delving into self-identity, depression, disconnection, hope and anxiety.
The followup, ‘The Golden Halfway Record’ has reclaimed the band’s love of rock while retaining the country feel of a group of troubadours ready to not just tell their story, but continue to tell the story of Australia. The band will launch the album at a special hometown show at Brisbane’s Triffid on April 29, presenting the album live for the first time before heading out on the road for further shows in Sydney and Melbourne.
As Halfway says: “The band is like a face, showing all the stuff that the years have piled on. One day you’re just a kid, screaming around in the summer dark, and then you do what you do, roads less travelled or waking up in the ditch, but keeping on. Then every now and then, in the midst of it all, you look in the mirror and it’s all there. These albums are like those mirror moments.”
PRAISE FOR ‘ANY OLD LOVE”:
“Any Old Love marks another accomplished entry into the growing catalogue of one of Australia’s best rock bands” –
“They’ve crafted an Aussie classic” – Stack Magazine
“On Any Old Love, the heat, the dust, the love, the regret, the joy of being alive, is so real you can taste it” – The Courier Mail
“A high calibre slab of country and urban” – Sydney Morning Herald
“If I use the term alt-country it is done with the intention of flattering what I reckon is one of the best local examples of its kind in years” – Rhythms
“I found settling into these racing tales to be like driving 150km/h down a dusty highway with 300 kilometres to home” –
THE GOLDEN HALFWAY TOUR
April 29: The Triffid, Brisbane QLD with special guest Rob Snarski
May 13: Northcote Social Club, Melbourne VIC
June 19: Broadbeach Festival, Gold Coast QLD
June 24: Newtown Social Club, Sydney NSW
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