THE DELTA RIGGS READY FOR YELLOWOOD MUSIC FESTIVAL HOMECOMING
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.
The Delta Riggs will play their last Gold Coast show for 2014 at the Gem Hotel in Alberton.