Thirst­ing to hit the road

Group ready to play new al­bum to fans af­ter tour­ing de­lay

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

AUSSIE icons Thirsty Merc are bring­ing their Shift­ing Gears tour to St Clair next month.

The group had to call off their orig­i­nal tour last year fol­low­ing the tragic loss of a close friend in a car ac­ci­dent, but the boys are back on the road and ready to rock.

Af­ter more than a decade of pro­duc­ing an­thems such as The Sum­mer­time, Give Me 20 Good Rea­sons and Eman­ci­pate My­self, Thirsty Merc have earned their stripes as stal­warts of the Aus­tralian mu­sic in­dus­try.

Merc fans will be set to en­joy the clas­sic hits as well as new tracks from the in­de­pen­dent Shift­ing Gears al­bum which was re­leased through crowd-fund­ing.

“We re­ally want to tour this al­bum to as many of our fans as we pos­si­bly can,” vo­cal­ist and song­writer Rai Thistleth­wayte said.

“We want to tour ru­ral ar­eas just as much as the re­gional and metropoli­tan ar­eas.

“We want to have a solid playlist of songs, and our new al­bum is a way of adding a strong new body of work to our ex­ist­ing cat­a­logue.”

The tar­get for a 75-day crowd-fund­ing cam­paign was reached by the sec­ond day, which stands as a tes­ta­ment to the band’s fan­base.

“We love crowd-fund­ing be­cause it al­lows us to work di­rectly with our fans,” Thistleth­wayte said.

Thirsty Merc will be in west­ern Syd­ney at the Blue Cat­tle Dog Ho­tel on De­cem­ber 17.

Thirsty Merc will play in St Clair on Satur­day, De­cem­ber 17.

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