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Indie, Rock


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The Delta Riggs, Gorillaz


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"Drac sounds like some kind of dreamer, junkie, vagabond loser who's out for a good time" - Drac Hammond

Elliott Hammond – the lead singer of Australian rock mainstays, ‘The Delta Riggs’ – is announcing a solo project on November 13 via the release of his explosive debut single, ‘New Sensation’.

The project emerged as a consequence of COVID-19, as Drac’s schedule with ‘The Delta Riggs’ was made impossible by the travel restrictions that arose from the pandemic. The result? In Elliott’s words: “my friend Reyne had a humble little setup in his bedroom in Bondi – where I was living at the start of the year – and we moved a heap of idle band gear in there because it was just sitting around. I demo’d a song for the Riggs and Rudi, the other main songwriter for the Riggs, didn’t think it fit on our next project. That’s when I started thinking more about this super lo-fi style of bedroom recording and how I could find a fresh voice in it”.

“The process is drastically different to what I’ve been doing with The Delta Riggs. Most of the time I head into record with no mapped-out plan or even any pre-written lyrics – something might have just happened to me that day that I put onto a track. I also have way less instruments - or talent - at my disposal, so the production that goes into it is really stripped back. It’s very much an anti-structure situation. If there is a hint of agenda or expectation I’ll usually abandon the whole thing and go to the pub”.

As for ‘New Sensation’ – it emerged as a tongue and cheek reflection on Elliott’s early ideas about launching a solo project: “I didn’t really have a subject for it, I was just laughing about the audacity of releasing my own record and kept repeating to myself ‘I’m the New Sensation, another fool for validation’, which I thought was hilarious”.

“The rest of it is just me ad libbing about my life in fantasy over a 48 hour period – about not being ready or ever getting used to being some sort of public figure, being used by corporations to sell pre-paid mobile plans or pretending to respect simple idiotic dinosaur people just to elevate my career”.

New Sensation was mixed and edited by Grammy award winning producer, Warren Riker, who has previously worked with The Fugges, Lauryn Hill, Santana and Destiny’s Child.

Review

Review by Declan Byrne Declan Byrne

10 Nov 2020

Triple J
40

no surprises here that drac has filled this one with all the swagger and unruly confidence he's known for on stage with a hint of gorillaz in the mix too.

no surprises here that drac has filled this one with all the swagger and unruly confidence he's known for on stage with a hint of gorillaz in the mix too.