Artist info

Genre

Electronic, Indie, Pop


Sounds like

Sarah Blasko, Regina Spektor, Marika Hackman, Florence and The Machine, Bat For Lashes, Beach House


band members

Rhiannon - vocals, electric guitar, ukulele Bec - electric guitar Mimi - electric bass Claire - keys/synths Jess - drums


Influences

Bat For Lashes, Phantogram, Angel Olsen, Joni Mitchell, Sarah Blasko, Band Of Skulls, Laura Marling, Andrew Bird, Bon Iver, Fleetwood Mac, Perfume Genius, Led Zeppelin, Regina Spektor, The Beatles


Website

www.merpiremusic.com/

Gig

Merpire

Strong impact coarse language and/or themes

1 Mar

The Grace Darilng ...

Melbourne, 3066

Collingwood

8:00pm

Featured Gig

3

Mar

Merpire

Waywards - The Bank Hotel

Sydney, NSW

7:30pm

Bio

Merpire fashions soundscapes of macabre dream-pop that explore the fluidity of life, death, relationships and the human condition. The brainchild of singer songwriter Rhiannon Atkinson-Howatt, Merpire’s honest and captivating refrains have piqued the interests of industry professionals aplenty since winning the Telstra Road to Discovery in 2015.

From the scaffolds of her acoustic beginnings Merpire has developed an established sound of eerie synths, cinematic flourishes, haunting melodies and beautifully written, chilling vocals. Working closely with musician and producer Andy Bull, her anticipated 2017 single ‘Holding Breath’ flew to the number one spot on the triple j unearthed pop chart and #10 on their overall charts as well as being added to rotation on the national digital broadcaster and Sydney’s FBi Radio.

In 2017 Merpire landed the opening slot supporting Ainslie Wills on her July tour and relocated south from her hometown of Sydney shortly after. The now Melbourne based musician is gearing up to release her forthcoming single ‘Hauntways’ in early 2018 – a lilting synth-pop number about revisiting the memory of a lust-fueled kiss and the cathartic process of writing about it in the same hallway where it all took place.

Recorded at Golden Retriever studios in Marrickville with Simon Berkelman as engineer, ‘Hauntways’ features notable performances from Andy Bull on synth/keys, Luke Davison (The Preatures) on drums, and Alex Bennison (Andy Bull, Jack River, Megan Washington) on guitar/bass and production.

Backed by a new all-female lineup, a Merpire live show is as captivating as it is dream-inducing, with Rhiannon’s disarming vocals holding you in a perpetual dream-state whilst shifting from ukulele toting to guitar plucking amidst unabashed storytelling and banter.

With ‘Hauntways’ set for release in February and an EP on the horizon, 2018 is sure to propel Merpire from a humble one-to-watch to a destined rising talent.

Stay tuned.

Review

Review by Declan Byrne Declan Byrne

12 Feb 2018

Triple J
40

smart, sauve, synth led jam. i'm double dipping for sure.

smart, sauve, synth led jam. i'm double dipping for sure.

Review

Review by Bridget Hustwaite Bridget Hustwaite

12 Feb 2018

Triple J
40

Some cool moments. Love the driving beat and I loveeee me a solid bass-line, personally I question if that vocal part at the end was necessary but that's just me being picky. Those quirky synths SCREAM Andy Bull!

Some cool moments. Love the driving beat and I loveeee me a solid bass-line, personally I question if that vocal part at the end was necessary but that's just me being picky. Those quirky synths SCREAM Andy Bull!

Review

Review by Dave Ruby Howe Dave Ruby Howe

12 Feb 2018

Triple J
40

You've hooked a hefty tuna here!

You've hooked a hefty tuna here!