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The Delta Riggs
The Delta Riggs meld punk grit and blues heart with a whiff of Woodstock '69 and considered riffs - Rolling Stone
The Delta Riggs have been playing together for 6 years now in various forms. Live they are at their best and known to be "Audacious", "Frenetic", "Energetic" and very, very sweaty.
October 2013, New York City. The streets are abuzz with anticipation for the next Banksy piece. The prolific artist has taken residency among the city, each day or two there is news of a fresh site that has been occupied and yet, he still eludes public viewing. People scurry about with cameras in the hopes of uncovering new and unique Banksy gold. It's ubiquitous. Meanwhile, at Pianos Bar on Ludlow Street, murmurs circulate that Julian Casablancas is just hanging out and watching some unknown bands play to a handful of people. The hustle of the city gets hustled. Only in New York.
The Delta Riggs were fortunate enough to have been indirectly involved in all of this during their weeklong, sleep deprived tenure playing at CMJ 2013 and absorbed the energy. NY really is the mecca of the arts industries, a virtual world stage for each unassuming individual inhabitant, is electric at all hours.
Drawing from this & other experiences abroad, The Delta Riggs channeled a different beast for their second album, with an undercurrent of experimentation,
urban groove and vocal melodies clearly definable in each track.
Their soon to be released album Dipz Zebazios is a huge progression dynamically and musically from the band’s Australian Music Prize nominated debut Hex.Lover.Killer and highlights the ambitions of a group unwilling to sit at idle.
Where Hex.Lover.Killer drew highly from darker earthbound energies & ethereal journeys, Dipz Zebazios provides a more boisterous, off the cuff and tripped out party atmosphere, recreating modern sounds with purely analogue techniques and instruments. “It’s meant to be fun”, chuckles frontman Elliott Hammond..
A sprinkle of influence can be heard from touring alongside fellow genre-benders Primal Scream & Divine Fits but it’s the production and rhythmic values of The Roots, Jurassic Five and Outkast that really paved the direction of the album. Whilst the new sounds and approaches show depth and a willingness to push their songwriting to new places, they’ve maintained the core elements, which makes them such a special live force. In-line with their ethos of capturing a true moment, DZ was tracked live over just 3 Days in December, once again self-produced by the band.
Hammond admits “It’s a definite sonic shift for us”, although he adds “it’s also something that we wanted to do to challenge ourselves and in turn, those who might not expect this from the band”.
Dipz Zebazious is mature step on this young band’s career, showcasing what they are capable of and an insight into what we are still yet to see.
Having played a slew of festivals across Australia, including but not exclusive to: Big Day Out, Peats Ridge (RIP), Pyramid Rock, Queenscliff Music Festival, they have also had the pleasure of touring with Primal Scream, Divine Fits, Devin and Deap Vally among others.
In the last 12 months, their songs have enjoyed great success with music placements in advertising and TV both here in Australia (Hurley Australian Surfing Open, Underbelly “Squizzy” TV series and Rebel Sport Commercial) and in the US (TV Series Bones, Graceland, Awkward, Franklin and Bash, Switched at Birth and Necessary Roughness.)