Restless Dream

July 30, 2021

Restless Dream is a collaboration between Brisbane band Halfway and Kamileroi elder Bob Weatherall, with William Barton. In 2015, they began to work on the writing and recording of an album of songs/stories. The album will be released in August 2021.

Pre-order here

Aboriginal ancestral remains and secret, sacred objects are scattered across the globe, in museums both overseas and in Australia. In Aboriginal religious law, there will be no spiritual peace until the dead have been returned to the place of their birth and received their last rites in accordance with their traditions.

This album tells the story of the Repatriation of Aboriginal Ancestral Remains. Restless Dream is a very personal story, yet it touches all Aboriginal Nations as they grapple with the task of repatriation and reburial, just as it acknowledges those who have taken on the task of uncovering the past and advocating for the Rights of the Dead.

Bob and William are both friends of Halfway. Bob used to come to band practices, to listen to us play, and to share the summer nights and his stories.

“My ears sought out Bob’s words in the dark, the stories of his work: travelling to the other side of the earth; the arrogance and thievery of scientists and protectors; the overwhelming emotion of this job. A job which chose him. A tricky job, full of negotiation, responsibility, righteous successes and disheartening failures. And he was burdened with an overwhelming question: Who is going to carry this work on?” John Willsteed, Halfway, producer

“We have a responsibility to uphold the fundamental rights of the dead to return to the lands of their birth, and to be given customary last rites in accordance with their culture and beliefs. Restless Dream will help to put an end to the injustices of the past in the true spirit of reconciliation and justice.” Bob Weatherall, writer and performer

The album was recorded at QUT in Brisbane in 2016, by Yanto Browning (Kate Miller-Heidke/Art of Sleeping) and mixed in South Carolina by Mark Nevers (Yo La Tengo/Bonnie “Prince” Billy/Lambchop/Jason Isbell). It is a blend of songs, stories and instrumentals; like a Halfway album and then some. The album will be performed for the Brisbane Festival in September 2021.

Restless Dream has been assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council and supported by the Queensland Government through Arts Queensland.

Halfway, new Video, and vote for us on The Triffid’s wall of fame!

October 26, 2016

There’s one empty spot remaining on The Triffid’s famous Queensland band wall and we would like to fill it with a new QLD artist that has released a great album over the past 12 months.

The Triffid have nominated 5 albums and it’s up to you to decide which one deserves to be immortalised on our wall. The winner will be announced on The Triffid’s 2nd Birthday (November 5th) alongside a special event that will see the winners album spine painted on our wall.

All voters go in the draw to win a “Triffid Green Pass +1” which grants one lucky punter and a friend unlimited entry to Triffid shows (excluding charity events) in 2017. So vote away and while we respect your choice we would hope you might be able to give halfway the nob they deserve.

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Halfway have a new clip for their latest single 3 In And Nothing But The Stars.

Finally, tickets are selling fast for this weekends event at The Triffid 29/10 where Halfway will pay their first album FAREWELL TO THE FAINTHEARTED and their latest album THE GOLDEN HALFWAY RECORD in their entirety, plus if that’s not enough, the band is throwing in a free live CD of their gig at The Triffid early 2015 with the entry costs (not available anywhere else).

Not a bad night out when you think about, Special Guest on the night is Luke Daniel Peacock and his band: this year’s Billy Thorpe Scholarship winner, Halfway keyboardist and all round good guy.

Tickets are available here.

Halfway: Sydney Album Launch

June 23, 2016

Sydney we are on our way soon!

Tix available here and if you pre-order your tickets you go into a pretty neat prize draw that includes back catalogue, t-shirts, new vinyl on LP and 7” and a few other things too.

Friday 24 June 2016 // Doors 8:00pm

HALFWAY album launch

Guests: Crow, Sam Shinazzi + Clinton Walker (DJ Set)


  • Sam Shinazzi 8.30pm
  • Crow 9.20pm
  • Halfway 10.30pm til 11.30pm+

$20 at the door if still available.

For a band that redefined a quintessentially Aussie 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, only to create another step in their Australian sonic journey.

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.