“Across a flurry of neat indie pop jams, Merpire has a chilled but affecting sound, with an introspective side.” – CLASH Mag (UK)


From emotional rollercoasters to full immersive, indie-rock arrangements, Merpire is the musical brainchild of Riannon Atkinson-Howatt. 

Conjuring magical moments in both the studio and on stage, Merpire and her predominantly female line-up have supported the likes of Julia Jacklin, Last Dinosaurs and Angie McMahon, as well as appearing at Bigsound, Meadow Music Festival & A Festival Called Panama.

Having released singles, ‘Lately’, ‘Habit’ & ‘Heavy Feeling’ independently alongside Fright Night Music, Merpire signed with ADA/Warner in 2021 to release singles ‘Dinosaur’ and ‘Village’ on the lead up to her debut album, ‘Simulation Ride’.

Merpire takes you through the rom-com and horror sections of her internal video store with ‘Simulation Ride’ – a musical diary entry into the workings and not-workings of her mind. It exists in hope of connecting fellow daydreamers with their own personal simulation ride.

Double J Album of the Week (Simulation Ride)
Rotation on Double J & triple J Unearthed
23rd Most Played Artists on Unearthed in 2021
‘Dinosaur’ premiered on Good Nights on triple J
‘Heavy Feeling’ premiered on Home & Hosed on triple J
Clash Magazine ‘Next Wave’ Artist
Featured on Jack Saunders’ ‘Future Artists’ on BBC1
Album reviews in The Independent, Backseat Mafia, Atwood Magazine, Beats Per Minute & The Music
Write ups in NME, Pilerats, Music Feeds, Double J and Women In Pop
Corner Hotel Album Launch (2022)


Appearances at Bigsound, A Festival Called Panama, Meadow Music Festival, Brunswick Music Festival, NYE On The Hill & more
Top 40 Finalist for Vanda & Young Songwriting Prize (‘Village’)
National tours with Paul Dempsey, Olympia, Didirri
Sold out Headline Tour for single, ‘Habit’
Supports for Julia Jacklin, Genghar (UK)
Spotify AU’s ‘Broad Chords’ cover artist


“Great metaphors, great songwriting.” – Richard Kingsmill (triple J)