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The Delta Riggs — Dipz Zebazios
°↑° Having just come back from an epic European tour (which garnered them a fan in Led Zeppelin guitarist Jimmy Page), the lads wasted no time in getting album number two under way. Recorded over a blistering two weekends and again self–produced by the band, they weren't satisfied just putting out 'another rock album'. Instead, they took their stomping sound and added lashings of soul, hip hop and psychedelia, growing their sonic palette to an exciting new realm.Location: Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Album release: October 27, 2014
Record Label: Inertia Recordings/Rah Rah Radio
01 It's Over 4:23
02 Supersonic Casualties 3:40
03 Bobby's Flowers 4:10
04 The Record's Flawed 3:45
05 From My Mould 4:22
06 Ornate Delicate Creatures 3:52
07 No Friends 4:21
08 Telescope House 3:34
09 For Tonight (Live Forever) 3:52
10 Star Eyed Families 2:48
11 From Above 4:32
℗ 2014 Inertia Recordings
★ Michael Tramonte
★ Elliott Hammond
★ Alex Markwell
★ Simon McConnell
Ash Goldberg | Oct 9th 2014 | Score: ★★★★½
★★ The only fault you’ll probably find with the LP is that Dipz Zebazios is an annoyingly hard title to remember.
★★ However you pronounce it, Dipz Zabazios is a hell of a record. Following on from their critically acclaimed debut, Hex.Lover.Killer, The Delta Riggs have self–produced a rhythmic second record that most bands spend a career trying to make.
★★ Utilising simple percussion and building around it with electric riffs and frontman Elliot Hammond’s Britpop vocals, opener, It’s Over, whets the palate for the smooth buzz of the sonic grooves on the tracks to come. The second track on the record, hit single Supersonic Casualties, then wraps itself about your ears. You might then want to take a break before the continuous head–rocking of second single, The Record’s Flawed, threatens to give you a strained neck two tracks later.
★★ The superbly juxtaposed combination of the stomping beats of From My Mould and the slower–paced, urban harmonies of Ornate Delicate Creatures follow. After this pair of tracks you’ll probably find yourself shaking your head in disbelief that a record could make you swoon like this.
★★ No Friends, a ‘90s–style hip hop track serves as a well placed exhibition of The Delta Riggs’ varied talents and influences, which include The Roots and OutKast, and comes as a nice intermission between the two halves of more guitar–centred tracks.
★★ There’s an energy within the band when a jam session goes particularly well, and Dipz Zebarzios is that jam session captured on record. In fact the only fault you’ll probably find with the LP is that Dipz Zebazios is an annoyingly hard title to remember when you’re recommending it to your friends. :: http://themusic.com.au/music/albumreviews/2014/10/09/the-delta-riggs-dipz-zebazios-ash-goldberg/
Words by Andrew Adrian | Published on October 9, 2014 |
★ In early 2012, I stumbled across a track called Money, which comprises the kind of unashamedly archetypal riff you think you must surely have heard before. The Delta Riggs, the Melbourne–based band behind the track, have been criticised for being a ‘generic’ rock band, but I don’t think that’s the case. In my opinion, it’s simply that The Delta Riggs are such an authentic, whisky–fuelled rock ‘n’ roll outfit that their music feels instantly familiar. It’s not as if they’re one–sided, either; the ferocity of Rah Rah Radio juxtaposed against the delicate crooning of Better showcases a depth that a group of guitar–wielding imitation musicians simply couldn’t achieve.
★ Unlike its predecessor, 2013’s Hex.Lover.Killer, which wastes no time in melting faces, The Delta Riggs’ sophomore effort is immediately indicative of the band’s growing musical maturity. The mysteriously titled Dipz Zebazios swirls into life with It’s Over. Eventually the voice of Elliott Hammond peels away the ethereal opening stanza of the song, revealing the dynamic sonic elements with which fans are accustomed.
★ The first taste of Dipz Zebazios arrived in February in the form of Supersonic Casualties. Rather charmingly anchored on a nursery rhyme, the single was a sign of a new direction and some welcome restraint from the band. Indeed, just five months earlier I had witnessed Hammond empty a beer bottle onto his keyboard in a display of mystifying nonchalance, so it’s nice to hear them mellow a little, while retaining core elements of the jagged sound they’ve developed so well.
★ The Record’s Flawed is superb, and one of my favourite songs of the year, but the swaggering Bobby’s Flowers and the aptly named Ornate Delicate Creatures are also notable inclusions to the track list. No Friends is the most surprising song on the album, because it’s pretty much hip hop. I know: coming from The Delta Riggs, that sounds bloody awful. However — and I say this with due trepidation — it’s actually not that abrasive. Sure, it’s ridiculous, and I’d urge them to keep their pseudo–rapping to themselves on future releases, but Dipz Zebazios is a confusing name for an album, so it wouldn’t be complete without one or two inexplicable tributes to The Roots.
★ The most evident aspect of the album is how measured and carefully constructed it is. Hex.Lover.Killer was exhilarating, but somewhat brash, whereas Dipz Zebazios is more complex and varied. It’s a pleasing progression for The Delta Riggs, and an extremely likeable album. :: http://www.scenewave.com/
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