The Delta Riggs formed on the Gold Coast, have toured with Foo Fight­ers and make friends with may­ors wher­ever they go

The Gold Coast Bulletin - Play Magazine - - LIVE & LOUD - SALLY BROWNE

Gold Coast boys The Delta Riggs reckon they’re the nice guys of rock’n’roll. To prove the point, they re­call the time they were cruis­ing out of Wagga Wagga the morn­ing af­ter a gig, when singer El­liot Ham­mond or­dered a cake to be de­liv­ered to the city’s mayor.

“I called up this cake shop and they thought it was nuts,” Ham­mond says. “I got them to write a card and got it sent off. About 45 min­utes later I get this phone call – it was the mayor of Wagga. He said: ‘Did you send me over a cake?’”

Ham­mond and the mayor ended up chat­ting for a good 10 min­utes.

“Now if I ever get into any trou­ble in Wagga,” Ham­mond says, “I’m go­ing to be like: ‘Hang on, I’m go­ing to call the mayor!’”

As pranks go, it’s a po­lite step up from the cliche of trash­ing ho­tel rooms. Per­haps The Delta Riggs learnt it from the nicest guy in rock – Dave Grohl – when they sup­ported Foo Fight­ers on their Aus­tralian tour last year.

To­day, The Delta Riggs are spread­ing even more good vibes as they gear up to play The Trif­fid in Bris­bane to­mor­row evening.

The lat­est al­bum, Ac­tive Ga­lac­tic, takes their punk rock roots and mixes it up with a bit of disco flair in songs such as Triple J favourites “Surgery of Love” and “Never Seen This Be­fore”.

The Delta Riggs formed in 2010 and soon moved to Peats Ridge, north of Syd­ney, where they in­cu­bated them­selves on a 20ha or­ange or­chard for six months.

“We wrote 40 or 50 songs, played for days on end and got up to all sorts of mis­chief,” Ham­mond re­calls. “We were play­ing for no­body and had no recog­ni­tion. We had no money and were liv­ing off scraps. We lost a lot of weight. It was bru­tal but valu­able.”

Their Ac­tive Ga­lac­tic tour will clock in at about 30 shows. Af­ter that, they’ll tackle the US again.

Ham­mond reck­ons per­sonal in­ter­ac­tion with fans makes the hard slog worth­while, and of­fers an­other on-the-road anec­dote.

“I was talk­ing to this girl (who’d had a) re­ally bad day – she looks af­ter 10 fos­ter chil­dren and it’s quite an emo­tional job. She showed me her playlist and there were all these songs of ours and she said: ‘This got me through the day.’ It’s so nice to hear that stuff. It means a lot.” The Delta Riggs, The Trif­fid, to­mor­row

Pic­ture: David Crosling

Jessie Pat­tin­son, Alex Markell and Si­mon McConnell of The Delta Riggs.

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