2011 In So Many Words



As it is customary around here, behold the sum-up of year 2011 (that has since passed us by by a good 11 days).

If memory serves us well, the highlights of 2011 are as follows (forgive us if they all happen to be memories only from the tail-end of year):

Best Soldier Remix Competition
We couldn’t be prouder parents of this bag o’ remixes. It was an honour watching entries come in from different parts of the world. Finally it was down to 3 and after much vote hustling; NAXX was crowned winner by monsoon records with his remix of Best Soldier.

Converse Ambassadorship
We were equal parts puzzled and grateful when we received an email offering HK a Converse ambassadorship. I remember telling Jo over the phone about it and there was a moment of incredulous silence and then we burst out laughing in disbelief. It’s been quite a ride. The best part was meeting all the other ambassadors and feeling the sense of community within the KL art scene. It’s alive and hungry, people. Continue to show us love.

An Anniversary: HK Celebrates 2 Years of Mutual Tolerance
Yes, we made it. 2 years of trying not to kill each other :) and succeeding! We thought it a momentous enough milestone so we threw a party in a furniture shop to commemorate. The Impatient Sisters and Paolo Delfino & his Short Attention Span Band helped boost audience attendance.

Best New Act Nominee
And the cherry to top it all off; a pleasant surprise from the folks at Juice Malaysia – a nomination for Best New Act in their encyclopaedic list of Best Of’s in 2011.

Be well and hang in there with us, aight. Here's to 2012!

Much love, 
HK.

Halfway Kings Celebrate 2 Years of Mutual Tolerance


Technically, 2 years is a short time but with the things we've been through and with the kind of lovely people that we're so grateful to have met, 2 years seem like a long journey.

The party wouldn't have been as magical if not for the kind owners of Pieces that not only let us use their space but also set the place up for us even before we arrived. Our thanks also to our label monsoon records for being bafflingly supportive of our propositions and Jeff from Greenhouse for manning the sound that night. 

We took a chance and asked the sublime trio of The Impatient Sisters to be our pro bono opening act and they said yes! They turned up with their cellist and a box of cupcakes for our party. I have never seen anyone perform for free and yet bring gifts, they are the epitome of genuine niceness.

Our pro bono (also) closing act was Paolo Delfino and his Short Attention Span Band. If you want dedication, you just need to look to these guys. Paolo came for his soundcheck and then went for a wedding and then rushed back to play AND his whole band was down with the flu. AND their bassist said that he would skip soundcheck just so he could rest enough to make it to our party but we didn't know until Paolo told us that his "need for rest" was bad enough to warrant a hospitalization in the end. Get well soon, Eu Gene!

Thanks also to Rath for volunteering to design the visuals for us (they were seriously tripped-out) and Justin for tirelessly snapping away throughout the party and Christine (who came all the way from Seremban) for gracing our Halfway Kings set with her backing vocals.

Lastly, thank you all for coming (and paying RM10 for parking) and being so unpretentiously sociable and chilled-out. We hope you enjoyed your good selves and hopefully, we'll have another one of these...in a year's time!

Sincerely,
HK.





Smitten to Pieces

We like this place a lot. Jalan Mesui can be a little dodgy but all the best places are. Old KL charms the socks off the likes of us and Pieces sits quaintly on the corner of one very historical street. Historical in the most non-textbook sense. It's the type of history you meet walking the city at night on foot, after a few drinks (we are near Changkat), wondering who used to live here and how different (or similar) their version of KL was, just a few decades ago.

Photos by Pieces and Joachim tapi sudah di-edit.

The kind owners are allowing us to have our party there. And you're invited!

Party


Hello, we are planning a little party to celebrate 2 years of Halfwayness this 26th Nov at Pieces. Details soon :)

Monsoon Invasion #2

Soundcheck with CEE before show

Saturday night went like this:
Attic party space
Primary colours
Bass so loud it hits not in your ribs but in your throat
Good people
Shaved heads & Black-rimmed glasses
Flash light
Best Soldier
Opening 4-bar count-in dance
Verse, verse, chorus...
THEY'RE SINGING ALONG!
(without being asked to!)
Amazeballs.
So this is what it feels like.
Amazeballs.

NAXX's winning remix entry of the night!



Remix Competition



Didn't you know? Blogs are dead. But for all of you that still enjoy reading long posts about things that can be condensed within 140 characters, you have us still, for now.

We've signed!!!!!!!!!

With monsoon records. And we've been working on this track called "Best Soldier" (if you've been to our live shows, you would've heard the acoustic version), refining our new sound. Yes, there is a new sound that involves our swanky CEE producing and laying down some beats to our bare bones songs.

And we have a remix competition to go with the upcoming release of our single :D Who would've thought, kan? All you need to do is:

1. Visit this site.
2. Grab the files.
3. Remix away.
4. Submit your track to info@monsoon.my by Sept 11, 2011.
5. Wait for the results.

If you're picked as the winner, you win an Ableton Live Suite 8 and get to release your remix of our song through monsoon records.

And if you'd please excuse us, we're off to being excited now.

Buggyman

Oh yes. This is a real blog post at long last (FB is so much more convenient for the easily-distracted, no?). Anyway, here we are in Bangsar Village because Jo and I were caught in rush-hour traffic and decided to detour to wait for it to subside.


The detour was a desperate attempt to stave off what was happening in the car. It wasn't pretty. It involved Mariah Carey songs and Hulk-rage roars. Both of which I do when I'm frustrated with traffic.

So we parked and got out. And lo, I swear that Mr Buggyman was positively shining with a saintly glow (or maybe it was just the buggy's siren light) but he stopped and offered us a ride! And the best thing yet? After our dinner, we paid for parking and lo, Buggyman appeared again!



Two rides in one visit; 'twas the best and worst day wrapped in one! Because we drove right out and got ourselves stuck in another freakin jam.

P/S, The song featured in the vid is HK's Traveling Lines. Listen to the full version on our SoundCloud.

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