It’s a dirty job but ...

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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.

Delta Riggs

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