Riggs roll out raucous rock
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