Chart heroes in harmony with Hunter roots

Midway through 2018, drummer Zack Forsythe asked his fellow student at St Paul's Catholic College, Booragul, singer-guitarist Jordan Snowden, if he’d be interested in forming a duo to perform at the school talent show.

The more they practised the more they realised they wanted to form a band, so Jordon invited his Maitland High bass-playing mate Connor Galvin to come and jam.

Midway was the name they gave themselves, and they added lead guitarist Jacob Armit to the line-up. And midway through this year, Midway’s debut single Hero hit No.1 on the Triple J Unearthed High chart and No.3 on the overall Unearthed chart.

The alternative rockers submitted Hero on July 12.  After sitting at 450 downloads, Hero shot up overnight from No.100 to No.1. Within a fortnight it had been played 870 times and given a 4.5-star rating. The boys described their Triple J success as "surreal".

"It's a great feeling having people you don't know really liking it,” Jacob said. "It's one thing for people to listen, but it's another for people to want to keep it and listen again." 

Midway performed the song in Wheeler Place before each performance of the recently staged ASPIRE, and a recording of it was played in the production. "Hero is about someone helping you through a difficult situation," said Jordan. The boys are now in the process of releasing Hero on other platforms. 

Triple J Unearthed High received more than 1500 entries this year, so the boys did well to hold down the No.1 spot for a while. Unfortunately they weren’t named as one of the five finalists. But they have another three songs ready for release and will be performing at Lake Macquarie Superboats on October 19. 

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