Thirsty Merc

Thirsty Merc

Hailing From Dubbo, where the only things of any other relevance are a Zoo and a gaol, Thirsty Merc, i.e Rai Thistlethwayte (vocals), Phil Stack (bass guitar), Karl Robertson (drums) and then guitarist Matt Baker, formed in 2002, and shortly after relocated to Sydney to immerse themselves in the thriving scene. With a background in jazz and R & B, Thirsty Merc were a little different to other bands in the Sydney rock circuit. Their blend of catchy-as-all-hell choruses and guitar anthems gained them attention from Warner Music Australia, and the band signed with their 'Don’t Music' label ...

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Updated March 13, 2009
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Hailing From Dubbo, where the only things of any other relevance are a Zoo and a gaol, Thirsty Merc, i.e Rai Thistlethwayte (vocals), Phil Stack (bass guitar), Karl Robertson (drums) and then guitarist Matt Baker, formed in 2002, and shortly after relocated to Sydney to immerse themselves in the thriving scene.

With a background in jazz and R & B, Thirsty Merc were a little different to other bands in the Sydney rock circuit. Their blend of catchy-as-all-hell choruses and guitar anthems gained them attention from Warner Music Australia, and the band signed with their 'Don’t Music' label after their debut EP 'First Work' in late 2003.

'First Work' produced singles 'Wasting Time' and 'Emancipate Myself', the latter of which reached #37 on the ARIA charts.

In 2004, Thirsty Merc, the name which is taken from lead singer Thistlethwayte’s old petrol hungry Mercedes Benz, released their first full length album the self titled Thirsty Merc, peaking at #15 and spending 48 weeks on the ARIA charts, the album went double platinum and made Thirsty Merc a mainstream success.

Singles 'My Completeness', 'Someday, Someday', 'In the Summertime', and 'When the Weather Is Fine' were lifted from the debut, with 'Someday, Someday' receiving three ARIA nominations including Single Of The Year, Best Pop Release and Best Group.'In The Summertime' also received a nomination for best video of the year bringing their tally to four 2005 ARIA nominations.

Their single 'In The Summer Time' has also been used as the theme song for TEN’s popular Bondi Rescue since 2006, and its 2008 spin off Bondi Rescue: Bali.

Loosing guitarist Matt Baker in 2005, Thirsty Merc found a fourth member for their band in Sydney native Sean Carey, who the band had met when supporting one of his previous groups.

In 2007, with a new line up and some time away from the studio, Thirsty Merc released Slideshows. Reaching #4 on the ARIA Charts, and with four releases from the album, '20 Good Reasons', 'The Hard Way', 'Those Eyes', and 'Homesick' achieved gold status. With a new studio version of 'Homesick' released in early September 2008 and two nominations in the 2008 APRA awards, the band is seemingly only on the up and up.

After a long haul of touring in support of their sophomore album, The boys from Sydney via Dubbo are taking it easy for the rest of 2008 with plans to recharge and refuel.

By Marina Banoub

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