Artist info

Genre

Indie, Pop, Rock


Sounds like

Angel Olsen, Soccer Mommy, Slow Pulp, Mitski, Marika Hackman, Middle Kids


band members

Rhiannon - vocals/electric guitar Bec - electric guitar Mimi - electric bass James - keys/synths/acoustic guitar Jess - drums


Influences

Bat For Lashes, Mitski, Phantogram, Angel Olsen, Perfume Genius, Rat!Hammock


Website

www.merpiremusic.com/

Bio

Merpire, the moniker of Melbourne-based artist Rhiannon Atkinson-Howatt writes music living somewhere between the rom-com and horror movie sections in her mind.

Off the back of her independent, debut EP release in 2018 Merpire signed to indie management company Fright Night Music, showcased at Bigsound and sold out her Endless Chatter EP tour. By the end of 2019, Merpire had accrued an impressive list of supports including Julia Jacklin, Paul Dempsey, Angie McMahon, Didirri, Olympia and Gengahr (UK).
Merpire’s captivating and predominantly female band has landed her a slew of Australian festivals (A festival called PANAMA, Brunswick Music Fest and featuring with Rat!hammock at Laneway) with their live show flowing between intimate pop ballads and fully immersive alt-indie heart-shakers

With three national tours cancelled due to the pandemic, Merpire continues her ever-present resilience. 2020 instead saw Merpire co-founding the online streaming festival ISOL-AID, writing and releasing a prom-themed EP as new band Wilson’s Prom with her producer and band mate James Seymour as well as finalising her debut album ‘Simulation Ride’, which has just been signed to ADA Records. The album was completely co-produced and mixed alongside James Seymour whilst living out the theme within the album - looking for positivity in anxiety. Merpire continues on her enchanting upward trajectory while her eagerly awaiting fans can expect new music in early 2021.

Review

Yusiimi

Merpire

Review by Declan Byrne Declan Byrne

06 Sep 2021

Triple J
45

merpire takes us inside her mind on her debut album 'simulation ride' and we're all luckier for that. this is a stunner to close the album that feels about as close as we can get right now.

merpire takes us inside her mind on her debut album 'simulation ride' and we're all luckier for that. this is a stunner to close the album that feels about as close as we can get right now.

Review

Yusiimi

Merpire

Review by Abby Butler Abby Butler

31 Aug 2021

Triple J
45

gah, my heart! it's breaking and mending all at once. this is a masterclass in intimate songwriting that's deeply personal yet undeniably universal.

gah, my heart! it's breaking and mending all at once. this is a masterclass in intimate songwriting that's deeply personal yet undeniably universal.

Review

Yusiimi

Merpire

Review by Dave Ruby Howe Dave Ruby Howe

30 Aug 2021

Triple J
45

2021's a shit time for experiencing music up close and personal but still there's no better time to be spellbound by a songwriter like Merprie who is presently in career best form. This is another strong track from her just released debut album - it's thoughtfully constructed and written and has a rewarding build and release.

2021's a shit time for experiencing music up close and personal but still there's no better time to be spellbound by a songwriter like Merprie who is presently in career best form. This is another strong track from her just released debut album - it's thoughtfully constructed and written and has a rewarding build and release.