In the past five years, Mere Theory (Nigel Black – guitar; Chris Mellow – vocals; Matt Adey – bass; and Richie Wise – drums) have established themselves as one of Australia’s most intriguing and committed bands, both on record and on stage. In 2006, the band were recipients of the Australasian Performing Rights Association’s Emily Burrows Award – a prize awarded to emerging Australian bands who show exceptional promise. APRA cited Mere Theory’s unique musical style and tireless work ethic as reasons for the accolade. Shortly after receiving the cash award, Mere Theory entered Sing Sing studios to record their debut ‘Catalan Atlas’ with producer Richard Stolz (Bodyjar, After The Fall). Catalan Atlas is the culmination of all Mere Theory’s efforts to date – eleven taut tracks that show off the band’s cohesion and creativity, but display none of the self-consciousness that so often mars debut albums. Says guitarist Nigel Black, “We didn’t rush into recording an album for a number of reasons – logistical, financial – but more than anything, we didn’t want to commit a full-length to tape until we knew we were ready. Listening back to the finished product, I’m glad we waited.” The band’s live performance résumé includes spots on the 2005 and 2007 Big Day Outs; billing at the Clipsal 500 After Race Concert (to a hometown audience of 10,000); shows with international contemporaries like Millencolin, Anberlin and Alexisonfire; and a number of national tours.