INTERVIEW WITH RAI THISTLETHWAYTE (THIRSTY MERC)

Casper had a quick sit down with THIRSTY MERC frontman RAI THISTLETHWAYTE about their tumultuous year that was 2015. From the highs of releasing their new album SHIFTING GEARS to the depths of shock and despair after the car accident that took the life of their stage manager Shane Cooper and placed their touring drummer Mick Skelton in intensive care and a long road to recovery.

Thirsty Merc are getting ready to gun it across Australia for a veritable Grand Prix of tour dates, in celebration of their brand new album, Shifting Gears.

The trio will perform a monster 39 shows across the nation throughout September, October and November under the banner of The Good Life Tour, traversing all states and territories in support of the new disc, which marks the Merc’s first independent full-length release.

“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,” explains vocalist, songwriter and co-founder, Rai Thistlethwayte. “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.”

The album was partially bankrolled through the crowdfunding platform PledgeMusic, with the band triumphantly reaching their financial goal within 48 hours of the campaign kicking off.

With production by longtime collaborator, Lindsay Gravina (The Living End, Kate Miller Heidke, Roland S Howard) now complete, Thirsty Merc have booked Grammy nominated Emily Lazar (Foo Fighters, David Bowie, Sia, The Killers) to master their new record in New York, ahead of its release on Friday, September 4th.

Tickets for all shows on The Good Life Tour go on sale from 9am local time on Monday, 27th July. Check out all venue and ticketing details below.

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THE GOOD LIFE tour Dates

Monday, 14th September 2015
Caravan Club, Oakleigh, VIC
Tickets: Caravan Music

Wednesday, 16th September 2015
Memo Music Hall, St Kilda, VIC
Tickets: Memo Music Hall

Thursday, 17th September 2015
Plaza Tavern, Hoppers Crossing, VIC
Ticket: Moshtix

Friday, 18th September 2015
Ticket: Moshtix

Saturday, 19th September 2015
Village Green Hotel, Mulgrave, VIC
Ticket: Moshtix

Sunday, 20th September 2015
Karova Lounge, Ballarat, VIC
Tickets: Oztix

Tuesday, 22nd September 2015
The Loft, Warrnambool, VIC
Tickets: Oztix

Wednesday, 23rd September 2015
Barwon Club, Geelong, VIC
Tickets: Oztix

Thursday, 24th September 2015
Ramsgate Hotel, Henley Beach, SA
Ticket: Moshtix

Friday, 25th September 2015
Norwood Live, Norwood, SA
Tickets: Oztix

Saturday, 26th September 2015
Revesby Workers Club, Revesby, NSW
Tickets: Revesby Workers Club

Thursday, 1st October 2015
Rooty Hill RSL, Rooty Hill, NSW
Tickets: Rooty Hill RSL

Friday, 2nd October 2015
Astor Hotel, Goulburn, NSW
Tickets: Astor Hotel

Saturday, 3rd October 2015
The Oaks Hotel, Albion Park, NSW
Tickets: The Oaks

Wednesday, 7th October 2015
ANU Bar, Canberra, ACT
Tickets: Ticketek

Thursday, 8th October 2015
Mona Vale Hotel, Mona Vale, NSW
Tickets: Oztix

Friday, 9th October 2015
Halekulani Bowling Club, Central Coast, NSW
Tickets: Oztix

Saturday, 10th October 2015
Baroque Room, Katoomba, NSW
Tickets: Oztix

Sunday, 11th October 2015
Club Forster, Forster-Tuncurry, NSW
Tickets: Offbeat

Wednesday, 14th October 2015
The Basement, Sydney, NSW
Ticket: Moshtix

Thursday, 15th October 2015
Panthers, Port Macquarie, NSW
Tickets: Offbeat

Friday, 16th October 2015
Armidale Services Club, Armidale, NSW
Tickets: Offbeat

Saturday, 17th October 2015
Grafton District Services Club, Grafton, NSW
Tickets: Offbeat

Sunday, 18th October 2015
Hoey Moey Beergarden, Coffs Harbour, NSW
Tickets: Free Entry

Wednesday, 21st October 2015
Spotted Cow, Toowoomba, QLD
Tickets: Oztix

Thursday, 22nd October 2015
Coolangatta Hotel, Gold Coast, QLD
Tickets: Oztix

Friday, 23rd October 2015
The Zoo, Brisbane, QLD
Tickets: Oztix

Saturday, 24th October 2015
Villa Noosa, Noosa, QLD
Tickets: Villa Noosa

Wednesday, 28th October 2015
Northcote Social Club, Melbourne, VIC
Tickets: Northcote Social Club

Sunday, 1st November 2015
King George Gardens – Wangaratta Jazz Festival, Wangaratta, VIC
Tickets: Wangaratta Jazz

Saturday, 7th November 2015
Belmont 16’s, Newcastle, NSW
Tickets: 16’s

Sunday, 8th November 2015
Heathcote Hotel, Heathcote, NSW
Tickets: Heathcote Hotel

Thursday, 12th November 2015
Friends Restaurant, Perth, WA
Tickets: Friend Restaurant

Friday, 13th November 2015
Wintersun Hotel, Geraldton, WA
Ticket: Moshtix

Saturday, 14th November 2015
Charles Hotel, Perth, WA
Tickets: Ticketmaster and Charles Hotel

Sunday, 15the November 2015
Ravenswood Hotel, Perth, WA
Tickets: Ticketmaster

Friday, 20th November 2015
SSA Club, Albury, NSW
Tickets: Free Entry

Saturday, 21st November 2015
Mulwala Ski Club, Mulwala, NSW
Tickets: Free Entry

Saturday, 28th November 2015
Palmerston Tavern, Darwin, NT
Ticket: Moshtix

Interview with Rai Thistlethwayte (Thirsty Merc)

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