Merc’s still Thirsty

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Music -

AUS­TRALIAN pop rock trio Thirsty Merc will bring its Back to the Grind tour to Perth on May 12.

Af­ter more than 10 years mak­ing mu­sic, vo­cal­ist and song­writer Rai Thistleth­wayte said the band was hun­grier than ever to ex­tend its legacy.

“We haven’t re­ally stopped since 2002 and be­ing around for over a decade, we’ve got lots more ex­pe­ri­ence than when we started,” he said.

“We’ve also still got loads of en­ergy and we want to har­ness that en­ergy to work hard, around the clock, to con­tinue tour­ing and mak­ing good mu­sic.”

Af­ter selling more than 200,000 records through Warner Mu­sic, this time Thirsty Merc recorded and re­leased its fourth stu­dio al­bum Shift­ing Gears in­de­pen­dently and very dif­fer­ently.

The band utilised the crowd­fund­ing plat­form PledgeMu­sic, reach­ing its goal within 48 hours of its 75-day cam­paign.

“We were com­pletely blown away,” Thistleth­wayte said.

“We love crowd­fund­ing be­cause it al­lows us to work di­rectly with our fans.

“We re­ally want to tour this al­bum to as many of our fans as we pos­si­bly can.

“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.”

Tick­ets for The Northshore Tav­ern gig are $33 from www.moshtix.com.au. The show is for 18 years and older.

Thirsty Merc are at The Northshore Tav­ern on May 12.

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