It’s a dirty job but ...
THE Delta Riggs embrace it as a duty – to educate audiences while they entertain. The Melbourne-based Gold Coast band have mastered the flavour of dirty rock ’n’ roll and are on a mission to keep things real.
Always in the studio making new music, frontman Elliott Hammond says creating new tunes is the most significant thing for the Riggs.
‘‘We are a real band in that sense, we give a (expletive) about the music we are making and don’t see it as a cheap commodity that’s going to make us famous,’’ he says.
Believing music should be about the message, Hammond and his bandmates latched on to punk music when they were growing up.
‘‘We came from a punk-rock background and we have the urgency and message of punk but we do rock’n’roll and we do it fabulously,’’ he says.
‘‘It’s the real deal. We’re not taking the (expletive). I think that’s because of the punk ethos.
‘‘There are old and young crew who come to our shows. The younger crew, they think this (expletive) is new.
‘‘They don’t listen to blues. So in a way we are subtly educating as well as entertaining.’’
Sourcing their sound from poetry or lyrics, Hammond and lead guitarist Alex Markwell are the creative brains behind the band.
‘‘We spend so much time together, we read the same books, so we start talking and suddenly a subject matter turns itself into a song in some way,’’ says Hammond.
With a self-titled EP and Talupo Mountain Music Vol. 1 under their belts, the forthcoming six-track Talupo Mountain Music Vol. 2 is due for release in the coming weeks.
Hammond says the band hopes to record an album later this year when they head overseas.
‘‘We don’t want to rush into it. We want to have a fan base and get the right people on board before we release a record,’’ he says.
Embarking on an east coast tour to support four-sister band Stonefield, the Riggs look forward to meeting the girls.
‘‘I saw them at a festival last year and the bass player who is like 14 was head banging – they ripped the whole set,’’ Hammond says.
The Delta Riggs play the Coolangatta Hotel with Stonefield and Kingswood on Sunday, April 22.