Riggs roll out rau­cous rock

The Gold Coast Bulletin - Play Magazine - - SHOWS -

THE Delta Riggs be­lieve putting on one hell of a live show is the only way to do rock’n’roll jus­tice. The five-piece, con­ceived on the Gold Coast but re­lo­cated to Mel­bourne, are known for their ad­dic­tively rau­cous and ram­bunc­tious live per­for­mances.

Party-starter and front­man El­liott Ham­mond yells harm­less abuse at a bor­ing au­di­ence, hurls equip­ment around on stage and dances like he’s in­jected elec­tric­ity.

Bassist Michael ‘‘Monte’’ Tra­monte says The Delta Riggs un­der­stand the im­por­tance of giv­ing rock’n’roll ev­ery­thing they have.

‘‘On stage is where we are most com­fort­able – it’s like noth­ing else mat­ters,’’ he says.

‘‘We put on the same show for 10 peo­ple as we would for 100. We give it ev­ery­thing no mat­ter who is there.

‘‘El­liott has the abil­ity to draw peo­ple in. You al­ways have your haters – and haters gonna hate – but some­times we see those peo­ple start mov­ing. That’s when we say, ‘we’ve got them now’.’’

In 2010, The Riggs moved to the moun­tains in New South Wales’ Cen­tral Coast to record two EPs – Talupo Moun­tain Mu­sic Vol. 1 and Vol. II.

The band’s de­but al­bum Hex.Lover.Killer is out to­mor­row.

Monte says: ‘‘The name is syn­onymic with the con­text and sub­ject mat­ter.

‘‘There are songs about love but there are also darker themes on the record. The last song is a beau­ti­ful bal­lad.’’

Fea­tur­ing flavours of soul, hip hop, blues and punk-rock, Monte says Hex.Lover.Killer is a co­he­sive al­bum.

‘‘It melds our sound bet­ter than the EPs and it’s got more depth,’’ he says.

‘‘We got to ex­plore more with in­stru­ments, tones and sounds. It sets up a vibe and takes you on a jour­ney.’’

Monte says record­ing the al­bum live cap­tured The Riggs’ in­tense en­ergy.

The Delta Riggs, The Jun­gle Giants, The Ot­tomans and more play the One Way Street Party at the Surfers Par­adise Fes­ti­val, Neal Shan­non Park, Ali­son and Ap­pel Streets, on Satur­day.

– ROSE SADLEIR

Hex.Lover.Killer is out to­mor­row.

The Delta Riggs play the One Way Street Party at Surfers Par­adise Fes­ti­val on Satur­day.

The Delta Riggs

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