After being together nearly two decades, Brisbane country rock troubadours Halfway believe that making music you love is the key to longevity in the music industry. Not one for following trends, the band go wherever their sound takes them, which for their new album The Golden Halfway Record was Nashville, Tennessee.
Having recorded their two previous albums with producer Robert Forster in Brisbane, Elwin Hawtin says the band were ready to do something different for their latest record.
“The idea to record overseas came about after being invited to the Americana festival in Nashville. We’ve all been fans of Mark Nevers (producer) work for years, and seen as he’s based in Nashville we contacted him to see if he’d be interested in working with us, and fortunately he was,” Elwin said.
Elwin describes their last album Any Old Love as a “definite line in the sand” for chief songwriters John Busby and Chris Dale – a line he adds they’ve surpassed with The Golden Halfway Record.
“We’ve gone more to the indie-rock side of things for this record which shows a lot about who we are and how we all grew up. It’s also a reflection of our time together as a band. This record tells the story of where the band is now and how we got here.”
With songwriters John and Chris both hailing from Rockhampton, the record has been touted as “not very country but very Rockhampton” even though it was recorded on the other side of the world. Ultimately, the band went abroad to find a global sound and returned with an ode to adolescence.
To celebrate the release of The Golden Halfway Record, Halfway will be embarking on an East Coast tour next month. Before they leave though, they’re hosting a special hometown show at The Triffid next Friday, 29 April which they’re very excited about.
“We’re looking forward to everything about the launch. We always enjoy playing to a home crowd and we’re big fans of the Triffid. To say we’re excited would be an understatement.”
The hear their new album in full, with some hits and memories thrown in too, make sure you book tickets to see Halfway at The Triffid next week!
The Golden Halfway Record Tour
13 May – Northcote Social Club, Melbourne VIC
19 June – Broadbeach Festival, Gold Coast QLD
24 June – Newtown Social Club, Sydney NSW