The Delta Riggs categorise the genre of their music as "zig zag" - a blend of psychedelic groove, guitar, whiskey and good times. The band from Melbourne takes influence from the likes of Kasabian, Primal Scream and the Divine Fits - all bands that they have been lucky enough to tour with in the past. But their sound isn't all drawn from rock- far from this in fact their new work is inspired by groups like The Roots and Outkast, resulting in a tripped out rock sound with a sprinkle of R&B. This rock-groove takes over the frontman, Elliott Hammond who can be seen wiggling around the stage in his tight Levi jeans while delivering high energy vocals – we interviewed Hammond and bassist Michael Tramonte, who assured us that they'll “be back (in Adelaide) soon.”
Tell us about Dipz from the Zong – it’s f@ckin crazy! I mean you only released Dipz Zebazios late last year – you guys must be so busy?
Thanks dude, we do like to keep very occupied. The premise of this one was basically, a few of these tracks were the cuts form the Dipz Zebazios sessions. They are a bit mind bending, but still interesting and worthy of release. Hence DFTZ being born!
What was it like supporting Foo Fighters on their Australian tour? How does that work, did Dave Grohl just call you up and see if you were busy?
I wish it was that fairy-tale-esque! It is still a cool story nonetheless... We had a show in LA prior to jetting back home. We had been on tour for a couple weeks and partied pretty hard so we were all a little edgy! Anyway, the show was awesome and it turns out that a couple of the Foo Fighters management team happened to be at the show. They got in touch with the promoter and our manager and this all happened whilst we were over the Pacific somewhere. We landed and started getting all of these notifications saying we are touring with FF. We had no idea!! They were such lovely guys and were so accommodating to us. It was a real trip.
You’ve also just finished touring with the regional Groovin’ The Moo festival – you even had your own personal bar on stage! Who was your favourite band to crack a beer with backstage?
That was one of the best tours we have been involved with. So many good mates on that tour - DMA's, The Preatures and our new pals, Sticky Fingers. It was just a rad time seeing them all play and hanging out. Jordi from San Cisco and Tommy from Saskwatch were manning the bar backstage and ended up getting everyone so loose It was amazing to watch and very funny.
Where was the most pumped up crowd during the tour?
I think Bendigo was the biggest one. It was all amazing man, so good to see the kids getting out early and really giving the day a good pounding, singing along to everything. The guys running the festival have really nailed it for everyone involved.
You recently announced that you’re collaborating with award winning MC Remi. What can fans expect?
He's the best dude ever. I love him. Such a positive mindset and vibe all of the time. Hopefully will have it out in the not too distant future, just a bit of fun really, we both respect each other’s work and wanted to do something of this nature.
Lastly when will you be back in Adelaide?
We have a bit of time off to start piecing together the next record, then Splendour. No plans yet but I'm sure we will be back soon, after all Hindley Street misses us...
Interview by Caleb Sweeting
Photos taken by Wade Whitington