THIRSTY FOR HITS

Aussie rock­ers Thirsty Merc are cel­e­brat­ing the 10th an­niver­sary of their de­but al­bum with a con­cert tonight and an acous­tic hits record

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Aussie rock­ers Thirsty Merc will cel­e­brate the 10th an­niver­sary of their self-ti­tled dou­ble plat­inum de­but al­bum with a show on the Gold Coast tonight. The trio have also marked the mile­stone with their Acous­tic An­niver­sary Al­bum (dubbed AAA), a col­lec­tion of acous­tic in­ter­pre­ta­tions of fan favourites in­clud­ing 20 Good Rea­sons, In The Sum­mer­time, Some­day Some­day and Mouse­trap Heart.

Front­man Rai Thistleth­wayte says the record is the band’s way of thank­ing loyal fans.

“I can’t be­lieve it’s been 10 years since we re­leased our de­but al­bum,’’ he says.

Tour­ing AAA around Aus­tralia to mark the oc­ca­sion, Thistleth­wayte says play­ing live is “the most im­me­di­ate, fun el­e­ment of your ca­reer”.

“You of­ten do so much writ­ing and record­ing that you can’t wait to get out there and play it live,” he says.

“We’ve been singing songs that were so beloved to us and won­dered how we could do some­thing dif­fer­ent.

“Of­ten you can’t hear the lyrics when it is a full-on rock show and peo­ple want to know what the lyrics are. This is a new way of get­ting our beloved songs out there.”

Thistleth­wayte says he’s been study­ing jazz in Canada and play­ing shows in LA.

“My mu­sic’s got­ten more groove, which is ac­tu­ally a move back to my roots … it’s in­cor­po­rated more pi­ano than gui­tar lately,” he says.

Thirsty Merc started in 2002 and re­ceived sig­nif­i­cant air­play for their hits Some­day Some­day and Mouse­trap Heart. In the Sum­mer­time is the theme song for TV show Bondi Res­cue.

Early on in the band’s ca­reer, it re­ceived air­play on triple j, with Thistleth­wayte say­ing he was grate­ful for the ini­tial ex­po­sure. He dis­agrees with com­ments by other artists that the sta­tion ru­ined ca­reers.

“I think they do a lot of great stuff for artists and bands at any level,” he says.

“Triple j has boosted many bands’ ca­reers, thank­fully, and of­ten those start­ing out.”

Thirsty Merc play The Coolan­gatta Ho­tel tonight.

Thirsty Merc play The Coolan­gatta Ho­tel tonight.

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