SXSW 2015 Interview: Elliott Hammond, Monte Tramonte and Simon McConnell of The Delta Riggs

By on Tuesday, 24th March 2015 at 11:00 am

Following on from the nice chat I had with The Lonely Wild at one of the earliest afternoon showcases of the week last Tuesday, the first day of the StubHub Experience put on by Culture Collide at Clive Bar in the Rainey Street area of downtown Austin, my next interviewees were much more difficult to pin down. The one good thing about SXSW is that in and around the smaller venues, it’s much more easier to accidentally run into indie bands if you need to find them as we do for professional reasons of interviewing.

Melbourne’s The Delta Riggs were on after The Lonely Wild, and boy, did they make an impression! While The Lonely Wild have an energetic set, there is an edgy, kick to the arse kind of bent to The Delta Riggs’ music that made me feel like this was the second coming of The Black Crowes via Australia. I had trouble locating the band’s tour manager and was about to give up on interviewing them that afternoon until I noticed a van being loaded up on the street outside the venue and recognised bassist Michael “Monte” Tramonte and drummer Simon McConnell carrying band gear.

The two of them were more than happy to stop what they were doing to have this chinwag with me. Naturally, they were horribly jetlagged from their long-haul travels from Oz – humourously described during their set at Clive Bar by their frontman Elliott Hammond as taking 3 months by trans-Pacific freighter, during which they lost an entire horn section – and it was Elliott who gatecrashed and joined our interview one-third of the way in. We also chat about the Australian contingent and they recommend some Aussie acts for us to check out, including one with which their band are doing a collaboration with but I think TGTF were the first to get wind of.

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