The Delta Riggs have definitely been on a roll this year. Their lush guitar hooks and cool vibes simply ooze from their latest release Dipz Zebazios which we were pretty damn fond of. It was laden with irresistible grooves yet managed to push the boundaries of your run of the mill guitar music, proving the The Delta Riggs are not only here for a good time but have a vision for their music too. I remember wandering over to Moolin Rouge stage at Groovin the Moo this year and the first song I saw the band play there was a ridiculously good, hard rocking version of Taylor Swift’s I Knew You Were Trouble. It was immensely enjoyable, and I fucking hate Taylor Swift. Okay lets end it there, you came to see what the Delta Riggs thought of 2014, not to see what I think of pop singers.
It has been a stellar year for The Delta Riggs, and today they are sharing their ten favourite stellar songs of the year!
When Happy came calling, Monte from the band was kind enough to take some time out his busy schedule to write down a few of his favourite tracks from this year on his phone while at a Hobart airport and tell us why they are so special. So without further ado we give you The Delta Riggs’ top ten songs of 2014!
The War On Drugs – Red Eyes
This was easily my highest played track of the year. I think I’ve listened to it at least 200 times. It never gets tired or old for me, it’s still as exciting as the first time I heard it. Amazing record.
Run The Jewels – Close Your Eyes
I’m not the hugest hip hop fan but as soon as this song plays I immediately start to bounce. I’m the whitest guy you’ve ever seen when it drops.
Spoon – Rainy Taxi
Jenny Lewis – Head Underwater
Bad Dreems – My Only Friend
Without a doubt my favourite Australian band this year. Got to play a couple shows with them in NYC too and they are all legends. This song reminds me of The Replacements – it’s simple, brash and earnest. It’s just a great song and probably the only other song on this list (Besides Red Eyes) that I can’t tire of.
Skaters – Miss Teen Massachusetts
There’s always one band each year that pops up and has a cracker tune. For me, this was Skaters. The chorus of this song is massive and is hard to look past no matter what you’re into.
Damon Alban – Everyday Robots
The next two win the sentiment vote. The opening lines of this song ” We are everyday robots on our phones, in the process of getting home” conjures up a sense of empathy and just living in 2014. Damon Alban has an incredible career and this just perpetuates him further through it.
Elbow – Charge
Never been a huge fan of elbow. They are rather dad rock some might say. Saying that, I have always dabbled and thy have had some amazing songs over the years. This track is epic. Just have a listen if you haven’t. The production and piano part when the chorus comes in is stunning.
TV On The Radio – Careful You
Always hard to exclude TOTR when end of year lists come along. The dreamy and pulsing bass line that drives through the whole song, then the euphoric change into the chorus. It’s just an awesome song and that’s that.
Tom Petty – U Get Me High
My old mate TP. He’s snuck in a ripping record this year that’s remnant to Petty of yore. Just those simple, slackly delivered vocals that are irreplaceable. The songs across the whole album are great too. I got lucky to see him once live a few years ago in LA. I would love to see him again if ever there was a chance. Who wants to fund the tour?