THE BAND: Musicians Phil Stack, Rai Thistlethwayte and Matt Smith are Thirsty Merc, an Australian pop rock band formed in 2002.
THE BAND: Musicians Phil Stack, Rai Thistlethwayte and Matt Smith are Thirsty Merc, an Australian pop rock band formed in 2002. CONTRIBUTED

Thirsty Merc brings back the summertime to Casino

SEPTEMBER 12, 2002, 15 years ago, was the date when Thirsty Merc bounded onto the music scene with its Summertime sounds, making its mark on radio and TV over the ensuing years.

To celebrate this milestone, the band is heading back out on the road on its Take Me Back Tour kicking off in Brisbane on November 2.

Thirsty Merc formed in Sydney in 2002 releasing its debut EP, First Work, in September, 2003, before being signed to Warner Music.

The band's big break came in 2004 with the release of its debut, self-titled, album which included the hits, Someday Someday and In The Summertime (the theme for Bondi Rescue since 2006).

Two more studio albums followed: Slideshows in 2007 (#4 ARIA Album) and Mousetrap Heart in 2010 (#14 on the ARIA Album chart) which included 20 Good Reasons, Mousetrap Heart and Tommy and Krista.

Fast forward to 2015: Thirsty Merc released Shifting Gears, its first wholly independent and first new material in five years and spent the next few months crossing the country.

Besides the hits, the Take Me Back Tour is a celebration of all the music along the way and fans can expect to hear songs they've never heard the band perform live before.

Lead singer Rai Thistlethwayte said the band was happy to be celebrating the milestone.

"It's thanks to the fans that we're still here, loving life and music, 15 years later and this tour is a big 'thank you' to everyone who's sung along with us over the years, as well as a great opportunity to dust off some songs we've never included in our shows," he said.

A car accident on September 22, 2015 at Streatham, Victoria during a Thirsty Merc tour killed the band's stage manager and injured drummer Mick Skelton.

  • At Casino RSM Club on Friday, November 3. Tickets available from Oztix.


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