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