The Gold Coast Bulletin - Play Magazine - - FRONT PAGE - BETHANY TYLER

The Delta Riggs have ar­guably one of the most im­pres­sive stamps of ap­proval by to­day’s rock and roll stan­dards, with a nod from Led Zep­pelin’s Jimmy Page.

“It was pretty much a fluke, we were just play­ing at Not­ting Hill in Lon­don this year and ap­par­ently Jimmy fre­quently gets out to see bands, and it just so hap­pened that he walked out to catch our set,” singer El­liot Ham­mond says.

“We were pretty stoked to be hon­est. There was only about 150 peo­ple in this small, packed-out venue, but he just stood out so much we spot­ted him about two min­utes be­fore we got on stage.

“It was just so sur­real to look up dur­ing a song and see him stand­ing there al­most like a meerkat with a big grin on his face, which was amaz­ing. I even got his ad­dress later.”

Ham­mond, Michael Tra­monte, Alex Mark­well and Si­mon McCon­nell make up the now half-Syd­ney, halfMel­bourne four-piece born out of ca­sual jam ses­sions on the Gold Coast six years ago.

Next week­end the band will re­turn home to their roots to headline the Yellowood Mu­sic Fes­ti­val along­side Joe Camil­leri and the Black Sor­rows, The Bobkats and The High Grade.

Set among one of the last bas­tions of real coun­try liv­ing between the Gold Coast and Bris­bane, it will be the sec­ond year Yellowood takes place at The Gem Ho­tel in Al­ber­ton.

“I’m pumped about it,” says Ham­mond.

“This will be our last Gold Coast show for 2014, so hop on the magic bus from The Cam­pus Wal­lace.”

Fol­low­ing on from the suc­cess of the The Delta Riggs’ de­but al­bum Talupo Moun­tain, two sin­gles from the sec­ond record Dipz Ze­bazios, due for re­lease in next month, have dropped to hugely pos­i­tive re­views with Su­per­sonic

Ca­su­al­ties and the lat­est The Record’s Flawed.

“The de­but was a lit­tle bit darker in its theme. On this new one we wanted to keep it re­ally up­beat with a party vibe to lis­ten to when you’re get­ting ready to go out on a Fri­day night or some­thing,” Ham­mond says.

“We’ve always been a pretty or­ganic kind of band as far as in­stru­men­ta­tion goes, with gui­tar and drums – there’s not re­ally much of an elec­tronic in­flu­ence.

“With the new al­bum there’s a lot of try­ing to recre­ate the stuff we were hear­ing on old records, whether it be sam­ples from MPCs, and try­ing to recre­ate that with acous­tic in­stru­ments, that’s kind of the aim.”

Ham­mond says while the band are fun­da­men­tally a rock ’n’ roll out­fit, other el­e­ments such as old-school R&B, hiphop and psychedel­ica played in­flu­ence through­out.

But the band shies away from terms such as “genre ben­ders”.

“As far as find­ing our sound, I think it’s some­thing that’s been de­vel­op­ing over a few years and is still even now, with the record we’ve got com­ing out it’s pretty ex­ploratory with some sonic in­flu­ences, we’re def­i­nitely still evolv­ing,” he says.

“I’ve never wanted to be one of those bands that’s just a myr­iad of dif­fer­ent things, I’d say we’re like an old-school punk, rock ’n’ roll band from the future.

“While we cross gen­res slightly, I think when you lis­ten to an al­bum in its en­tirety it’s pretty clear what we’re do­ing.”

The Delta Riggs spent a cou­ple of months in Europe tour­ing and record­ing the new al­bum, and Ham­mond says the guys have been “blown away” by the vi­brancy of the in­ter­na­tional live mu­sic scene. “Play­ing in Ger­many, Ber­lin was crazy, we were re­ally well­re­ceived and we weren’t pre­pared for that re­cep­tion,” Ham­mond says.

“We were play­ing to full venues with peo­ple singing along to our lyrics.”

Ham­mond ex­pects Aus­tralia’s fond­ness for the DJ scene will cy­cle back to make way for a re­turn of live bands.

“I think as a whole, live mu­sic is re­ally big over in Europe, they’re re­ally into bands be­cause that elec­tronic and DJ scene has ex­isted in Europe for so long they’re a lit­tle bit more used to it,” he says.

Cover photo: the­jame­

The Delta Riggs will play their last Gold Coast show for 2014 at the Gem Ho­tel in Al­ber­ton.

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