The Delta Riggs formed on the Gold Coast, have toured with Foo Fighters and make friends with mayors wherever they go
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
Jessie Pattinson, Alex Markell and Simon McConnell of The Delta Riggs.