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So what does Thirsty Merc sound like? Rai likes to describe part of what they do as "rock Sinatra".

Drown-ing one day, Thirsty the next

Monday, October 30, 2006
Thirsty Merc are actually the combination of two unique musical forces that married together not that long ago, after separately gathering years of experience and knowledge.

On one side you've got Phil Stack (bass), Matt Baker (guitars) and Karl Robertson (drums). These guys all met each other in primary school in Dubbo, NSW. By the start of high school, they were playing in bands together. Within a few years, one of their early outfits, Drown, won the local final of Triple J's UnEarthed competition.

Fast-forward to a few years back and Phil Stack moves to Sydney. He meets a young singer/songwriter with the impressive name of Rai Thistlethwayte. Rai's more into jazz and R&B — his music has already seen him travel the world. Phil likes jazz and R&B too, so the pair starts performing together in their spare time.

It would take a couple more years before a collective light bulb goes off — why doesn't everyone join forces to see what comes out? "I wanted to work with Rai ever since I heard his early demos with Phil," says Matt. "I was blown away. As for the rest of us, all the road trips we've done together since early high school, all the bonding, for better or worse, you can't audition in the back of street press and find that straight away."

"We played our first gig a week after our first rehearsal," adds Rai with a smile. "It was absolutely fast-tracked."

Karl: "It went surprisingly smoothly. We clicked straight away. We knew what was happening."

And like that, Thirsty Merc were suddenly out on the live circuit, sounding like they had been doing this together their whole lives. "We were rehearsing for ten years before Rai walked in," laughs Matt. "We were just waiting."

So what does Thirsty Merc sound like? Rai likes to describe part of what they do as "rock Sinatra". Matt adds that the only rule from the outset was that Thirsty Merc would sound like nothing else. "We contrived to make it not contrived," he says. "Rai was all for originality in his own vision and so were we …. So you push the two together and you get something else again."

"The outlook, I guess, is about being a young person in today's society," Rai says, by way of further explanation. "It's about being an Australian in an American-ised, Britain-ised kind of world, where you're trying to stay true to yourself, get by, get through your relationships, pay the parking fines on the side, and reassure your friends — and have your friends reassure you — that everything is going to be alright in the end."

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Watch the above footage caught by fans on Instagram... complete with Tay-Tay's signature overenthusiastic, wide-eyed singing face. #LOVE.

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Author: Adam "Bey-Swizzle fan-boy" Bub. .

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Ariana Grande might be the most accident-prone A-lister of all time.

Just weeks after dodging a Victoria's Secret models' wings on the runway, 21-year-old Ariana's "almost died" after slipping on confetti at Z100's Jingle Ball. Watch that moment above!

Posting the snippet to social media, the pint-sized pop star tweeted: "When you slip on confetti & almost die at madison square garden." Confetti – 1; Ariana – 0.

In recent weeks, the star's been no stranger to delivering memorable moments for TheFIX. At LA's KIIS FM Jingle Ball, Ariana cosied up to boyfriend Big Sean while performing 'Big Mistake'… only days after her terrified face at the VS show inspired a bunch of hilarious memes.


This face is the best thing we've seen all year.

Oh, and we've got video of that moment below too FIXers.

This all comes off the back of rumours that she wants to be carried around like a baby when she doesn't feel like walking. Perhaps there will be a few less wing-related incidents then?

"Her new rule is that she has to be carried – literally carried like a baby when she doesn’t feel like walking," a source told In Touch Weekly. "She says she doesn’t want her precious feet to hit the floor. Everyone was stunned. Ariana is such a diva."

Want proof? Check out the pics of her Mariah Carey-esque behaviour below…

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