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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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Best friend ever? Katy Perry flies 70 pals to Paris for 30th birthday celebration MusicFIX Blog by Adam Bub Oct 28 2014 9:35AM

It's been a huge week of celeb birthday parties, with Kim Kardashian's 34th in Vegas and Kelly Osbourne's Rocky Horror-themed 30th in LA… but Katy Perry's 30th really takes the (birthday) cake.

The pop diva flew 70 pals to Paris with hardly any notice, because, well, YOLO.

Katy had been holidaying in Marrakech, Morocco on a break from her Prismatic world tour when she booked a last-minute private plane for her friends and boyfriend Diplo, New York Post reports.

So why the big rush? Katy wanted to keep her b'day details "low key" after her plans for a trip to Egypt were leaked to the public. Sigh, we guess Paris will do…

The 'Birthday' singer and co touched down in the City of Lights on Sunday night, with the star apparently laughing and taking selfies with her 35-year-old DJ beau on the tarmac.

"They piled off the flight, her friends, assistants, her whole camp," an eyewitness told New York Post. "She flew all of her friends out, all on her dime."

Within hours, Katy, Diplo and a party posse of around 20 ate at Michelin-starred restaurant Le Jules Verne on the Eiffel Tower. When in Paris…

By early Monday morning, Katy and Diplo flew out again as he had gigs booked in San Jose and Las Vegas. Talk about a jet-setting lifestyle!

The pair were first rumoured to have hooked up in April, but it's all a bit awkward since he's expecting a bub any day now with ex-girlfriend Kathryn Lockhart. They also have a four-year-old son, Lockett... how awesome would it be to say Katy Perry's your stepmum?

We hope her Paris party antics looked something like this...

Now let's compare Katy's birthday with Kim Kardashian's 34th bash in Vegas...

Author: Adam Bub. Follow on Twitter. Approved by Amy Nelmes.

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