The Delta Riggs’ infectious rock ‘n’ roll feels just as it should. Blending blues and psychedelic influences, the Aussies’ bold sound has loads of soul and swagger. I’ve been hooked on their fervent playing and 70’s inspired stylings since falling for their single, “Supersonic Casualties” over a year ago.
Since then, The Delta Riggs ascent to rock stardom has been supersonic – collecting awards and touring with the Foo Fighters, among other things. Now they’re enjoying some downtime before things rev up once again.
I interviewed The Delta Riggs bass player Michael Tramonte about tour life with the Foo Fighters, having a Tiki bar on stage, and staying in touch with mom.
Sound Dessert: You’ve been touring nonstop the past year, what have been some highlights?
Michael Tramonte: There’s been so many, where to start. Top three would be touring with Kasabian, best dudes ever. Visiting the states a couple times and then our tour with Foo Fighters and Rise Against. Surreal stuff.
SD: What’s something you learned from the Foo Fighters after touring with them?
MT: Just that level of touring in general and how different it is from anything else. Everyone was super helpful and affable, went out of their way to make sure we were happy and being looked after too. You just hear so many stories of bands being treated like shit or not allowed the near the headline band, this tour was nothing like that. There real entertainers too and are so passionate. They had a jam room set up backstage and would often jam on covers or whatever for an hour prior to taking the stage for a three hour set. It was just inspiring.
SD: Who came up with the idea of having a tiki bar on stage?
MT: Elliott and I had seen this punk band Me First & The Gimme Gimmes years ago at a festival in Brisbane called Livid. They had a bar on stage and we thought it was genius. Then when Groovin The Moo got announced, Elliott just brought it back up and we were all for it. It was definitely a hit.
What’s one of the crazier pranks that you’ve pulled on each other?
MT: We try not to push each other too far these days, it’s too hard when you spend so much time together. There has been the old hidden passport, leaving someone behind at a petrol station for an uncomfortable amount of time. I once tricked one of the guys into thinking wasabi was avocado. That was a laugh.
SD: How does the future of rock ‘n’ roll look to you?
MT: I don’t really know how to answer that. It’s always around, it takes on different shapes or forms to what is traditionally rock n roll, but I think real music, played by real people with real instruments will always be prevalent. That’s all that really matters
SD: I heard you guys are big fans of Andre 3000, what’s your favorite OutKast song?
MT: Massive fans. I was with a friend in New York running to see a play on 57th or something (she thought we were running late but we had an hour up our sleeves), like I’m talking full sprint in my R.M. Williams boots, when I whizzed by Andre 3000 on the street. I tried to pull up quickly but there were too many people and, as what happens in New York, he just vanished amongst the sea of bodies. I would have asked him to produce a record of ours on the spot and not relented until he said yes haha. I still love “SpottieOttieDopalicious,” that horn section still gets all up in me.
SD: You’ve got a bit of a break now, how are you looking forward to spending your down time?
MT: Yeah we have been super busy lately, so it’s nice to have a few weekends to be at home and with friends, etc. Elliott (vocals) and Alex (guitar) are back over in the states for a couple months, I might go back for a bit too. Simon (drums) is pottering around Melbourne too, focussing on art and being home. So all around we are pretty stoked.
SD: What’s the music scene like in Melbourne? What are some of your favorite venues in town?
MT: Well Elliott and I live in Sydney and the rest of the guys in Melbourne now, so we are spread across the two cities. It’s always been great in Melbourne, it’s a real artists city – wether that’s music, film or fine arts, Melbourne is the place to spend at least some time refining. It’s a great city. Venues I love are the Corner Hotel and the Forum Theatre. So many great shows in the past I’ve seen at these two venues.
SD: Do you guys call your parents enough?
MT: Haha I actually declined two calls from my mum finishing this interview. Probably not, although I try to as much as I can.
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