Mt Druitt - St Mary's Standard (East) - - LIFESTYLE - Jil­lian McKee

AUSSIE rock­ers Thirsty Merc have burst back onto the mu­sic scene af­ter a five-year break.

Last year saw the plat­inum-selling band celebrate the 10-year an­niver­sary of the re­lease of their self-ti­tled, dou­ble plat­inum, de­but LP. Af­ter re­leas­ing a fur­ther two al­bums with Warner Mu­sic and selling more than 200,000 copies, this year the trio de­cided to go back to its roots by re­leas­ing an in­de­pen­dent al­bum.

The band’s fourth stu­dio al­bum, Shift­ing Gears, was re­leased ear­lier this month af­ter a suc­cess­ful crowd-fund­ing cam­paign.

De­cid­ing an in­de­pen­dent al­bum was the way to go, the band set up a crowd-fund­ing cam­paign via PledgeMu­sic, which reached its goal within 48 hours of open­ing.

The cam­paign then went on to reach more than 200 per cent of its goal amount be­fore be­ing closed.

The band will tour the coun­try to pro­mote the al­bum, in­clud­ing a stop at Rooty Hill.

The trio will per­form a bunch of its clas­sic ra­dio sta­ples like 20 Good Rea­sons, In the Sum­mer­time and Some­day Some­day as well as songs from their new al­bum.

Promis­ing this tour wouldn’t be one to miss, vo­cal­ist Rai Thistleth­wayte said: “Be­ing around for over a decade, we’ve got lots more ex­pe­ri­ence than when we started. We’ve also got still got loads of energy, and we want to har­ness that energy to work hard, around the clock, to con­tinue tour­ing.”

Thirsty Merc will be per­form­ing at Rooty Hill RSL on Thurs­day.

This event is sure to be a sell out so get in early.

Tick­ets can be pur­chased from rooty­

Thirsty Merc will per­form for fans at Rooty Hill RSL Club on Thurs­day.

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