It’s been 12 years since Thirsty Merc burst onto the Australian music landscape with their first independent EP following up with three critically acclaimed studio albums, an acoustic fan favourites record entitled ‘AAA: Acoustic Anniversary Album’ and a swag of classic, radio staples like 20 Good Reasons, Someday Someday, Mousetrap Heart and In The Summertime.
Fast forward to 2015 and Thirsty Merc are still excited to be making music, but all things must change and after selling over 200,000 records with Warner Music, this time around the band are tackling the recording and release of their fourth studio album – Shifting Gears - and first new material in five years, independently, and very differently.
Vocalist, songwriter and co-founder, Rai Thistlethwayte, puts it like this, “We’ve haven’t really stopped since 2002, and 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 and making good music.”
Following songwriting sessions in Sydney, Melbourne, and Los Angeles, the band were ready to get back into the studio and to help realise their vision they utilised crowdfunding platform PledgeMusic, to help get the record recorded and mixed and the response has been overwhelming. In fact, the band reached its goal within 48 hours of the campaign.
With the recording now complete, with production by long time collaborator, Lindsay Gravina (The Living End, Kate Miller Heidke, Roland S Howard) Thirsty Merc have booked Grammy nominated Emily Lazar (Foo Fighters, David Bowie, Sia and The Killers) to master the record in New York ahead of its release on 4 September.
Ahead of the first single from the album, The Good Life, going to radio on 31 July, the band have announced a new national tour kicking off on 14 September in Melbourne before heading to all mainland states and territories throughout October and November.
Tickets for all shows on The Good Life Tour go on sale at 9.00am local times on Monday, 27 July 2015. For further information on all shows, go to www.thirstymerc.com.
Shifting Gears will be released on 4 September through MGM Distribution.