Thirsty Merc pay tribute with music

THEY’RE BACK: Thirsty Merc are touring their new album around the country and will be in Wagga later this month. Vocalist Rai Thistlethwayte (right) said the band’s recent tragedy has inspired them to move forward.

It was a tough decision but Australian band Thirsty Merc decided in the wake of their recent tragedy that the show must go on.

The band played their first show on Wednesday night since the September 22 car accident that claimed the life of their stage manager and seriously injured drummer Mick Skelton.

“It’s been really difficulty on a lot of level,” vocalist Rai Thistlethwayte told The Daily Advertiser.

“We have never had an experience like this before.

“We are moving forward the best we can.”

Thistlethwayte said music has comforted him in his darkest of days and the first show back on The Good Life Tour was no exception.

“There was a lot of love in the room,” he said.

“People want to be a part of an experience that sends some love back to the guys in that tragic accident.”

The band will make a return to Wagga on October 29 at the Home Tavern to perform hit songs and tracks from their latest independent album, Shifting Gears.

Injured drummer Mick Skelton played on numerous tracks on the album and Thistlethwayte said it was bitter sweet to be performing those songs without him on stage.

Songs for the recent album were written in Sydney, Melbourne, London and Los Angeles and the band collaborated with Lindsay Gravina and Grammy nominated Emily Lazar.

Thistlethwayte said he is excited to return to Wagga, which he describes as a “supportive musical centre.”

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