Words by Giselle Bueti
Joining the fast growing list of hot new venues in Adelaide, the Fat Controller has burst on to the Adelaide scene offering up a delicious serving of live acts in the next coming weeks.
Following a successful year releasing their second album Dipz Zebazios, The Delta Riggs have made their way back to Adelaide to help kick off the second week of the venue's opening.
Jumping onto the stage like new age rock stars, The Delta Riggs went straight to business opening the night with an electric performance of “Stars.” Lead singer Elliott Hammond, bouncing around the stage wearing bug-like glasses, snatched up the mic and belted out some serious vocals stimulating the crowd like an energy drink.
Channeling that self proclaimed punk rock urgency, the band followed with crowd favorites “For Tonight” and “The Record’s Flawed.” The energy levels were kept pumping with an enthusiastic performance of “It’s Over,” the band getting right into it and rocking hard. Hammond even sharing a sneaky pash with one of the posters on the wall.
Before the crowd had a chance to get restless, “3D Jetfighter” was served up on a melting hot platter with drummer Simon McConnell stealing the show. The passion and power of his drum solo vibrating within every present female (and probably also male) body, making me kind of fall in love with him.
The other band members proved that they could also bring the heat, delivering a powerful ensemble that meshed perfectly together for a gritty, psychedelic feel. “Bobby’s Flowers” and “Telescope house,” reflected this unity, and convinced the crowd to become part of it, with everyone singing and swaying along.
Hammond kept the rock star charm going throughout the show, swigging a bottle of Jameson whilst making Simpsons references, calling out who was single in the band and professing his love for Adelaide. In a sensual performance of “Rah Rah Radio” and “From My Mould,” he flayed around the stage and made love to the mic. Simply just killing it at the ‘front man’ role.
The band’s rotating musical outlet, from mic to keyboard to harmonica, delivers this turbulent sound that’s unique and fun. Influences of different genres can be heard throughout each song, making it hard to pinpoint just one suiting category for the band. But that’s what is exciting about The Delta Riggs. One thing that is for sure, is that each song is played at 110%, and the way in which the band works the crowd makes you feel like you are part of the act.
Finally, crowd-pleaser “Supersonic Casualties” was thrust to the audience, and they soaked up every ounce of it. Girls and guys going crazy; moshing and so many attempts at crowd surfing.
The show finished up with an acoustic cover of Glass Animals', “Gooey” and a throwback to one of their first hits, “Money.” The band left the stage and the crowd begged for an encore. They waltzed back on, Hammond welcoming everyone to hop on the ‘pinga express,’ and delivered two more hits before closing the night with “No Friends.” The fun-house-party-vibe tune perfectly tying up a flawless set list.
With the crowd walking away satisfied and ears still ringing from eargasms, The Delta Riggs live are a solid 8/10.