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Thirst For Success Met

Thirst For Success Met

Who: Thirsty Merc
Where: QWB - Queens Wharf Brewery
When: Friday November 12, 2004

IT'S certainly has been a memorable year for Sydney-based outfit THIRSTY MERC. The quartet has enjoyed success with the singles Emancipate Myself and My Completeness and recently celebrated the release of its debut album, simply titled Thirsty Merc. The band scored another coup when it picked up the opening slot on United States chart- topping act MAROON 5's upcoming Australian tour.

Before joining the tour, Thirsty Merc is on its own run of dates and will return to Newcastle to perform at THE BREWERY on Friday night.

Thirsty Merc returned home to Dubbo last month to play four shows.

It was a fitting homecoming for bass player PHIL STACK and drummer KARL ROBERTSON who met at primary school in Dubbo and started their first band together in high school.

Within a few years, one of their early outfits, DROWN, won the local final of TRIPLE J'S Unearthed competition.

The pair hooked up with frontman RAI THISTLETHWAYTE who said that the musical connection was instant.

``We played our first gig a week after our first rehearsal,'' Thistlethwayte said.

``It was absolutely fast- trekked.'' With a few gigs under its belt, the trio felt it needed to add something extra and enlisted guitarist SEAN CAREY whose band had been supported by Thirsty Merc at an early show.

With the band's popularity on the rise, Thistlethwayte has attracted attention for his musical ability and his single male status.

He was named one of Cleo's 50 Most Eligible Bachelors but lost out to Australian Idol host ANDREW G. Entry to Friday night's gig is free.

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