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“An emotional overhaul from a genuinely bold, no-strings artist” - Atwood Magazine

"Merpire has a knack for crafting gorgeous pop songs with layered vocals, crunchy guitar tones and wistful lyrics. We are hanging on the edge of our seats for her next release." 
- Tonedeaf

"Every guitar sound is arresting, each arrangement meticulous... and Merpire's voice a consistently heartening presence."
- Double J Feature Album

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

In 2021, Merpire released her debut record, ‘Simulation Ride’, co-produced with James Seymour, via ADA Records - a record about looking for positivity in anxiety. It landed the feature album spot on Australia's iconic Double J as well as SYN radio, winning hearts around the country.


Overseas, lead single ‘Brain Cells’ was featured on BBC Radio 1’s Jack Saunders’ Future Artists, ‘Village’ on NPR and La Blogothèque as well as features in CLASH Magazine, NME, Atwood Magazine and more.

As Merpire goes from strength to strength, so too does her fanbase and their loyalty to her, her music and her live show. Merpire’s captivating and predominantly female, LGBTQI band has landed her a slew of Australian festivals including - A festival called PANAMA, Brunswick Music Fest, NYE on the hill, and supports with the likes of Julia Jacklin, Angie Mcmahon and Gengahr (UK).


With powerful, versatile performances that are an emotional roller coaster to behold, it wasn't long before the word spread abroad, including to the hearts of Irish indie-rock outfit, Pillow Queens. After their double appearance on The Late Late Show with James Corden, Pillow Queens took Merpire's band around the UK in May 2022 on an 8-date tour, collecting new fans eager for her return in her wake.

Now in 2023, back from a follow up tour around the UK and Ireland with Ailbhe Reddy (IRE), Hockey Dad and FORM Presents, Merpire is gearing up to release her second record, 'Milk Pool'. Co-produced by Merpire and James Seymour, 'Milk Pool' is an even darker, deeper peek into the well of her world. 


A dream come true for Merpire was having some of her all-time favourite engineers come on board. 'Milk Pool' boasts additional production by James Dring (Sorry, Soccer Mommy), Elizabeth M. Drummond and was mixed by Ali Chant (PJ Harvey, Aldous Harding, Perfume Genius). Their key involvement in helping to bring to life Merpire's vision has left us all with the gift she intended on giving - an undeniable second record.

Debut Album Coverage

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Double J Feature Album

All singles premiered on triple j

'Village' Top 40 in Vanda & Young Global Songwriting Competition 

Debuted at #8 in Australian Independent Label Charts

Featured on BBC1 with Jack Saunders

Clash Mag 'Next Wave'

Features in: 

 The Sunday Times

Atwood Mag

Playlisted on NPR, Line Of Best Fit & La Blogotheque

Cover Artist for Spotify's 'Chords + Cardigans'

1M+ plays on Spotify
600+ spins across Australian Community Radio

Merpire Live Promo Video

Management:  Catherine Haridy Management -

Bookings AUS/NZ:  Jeremy Sharp -

Press UK:  Amy Azarinejad - 

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