Dellacoma made their UK debut at HRH AOR III and the Aussie-US combo can’t wait to come back for more. HRH Mag‘s Andy Spoors caught up with frontman Dellacoma Rio as the quartet ready their next album.
HRH: Was March your first trip to the UK?
Dellacoma Rio: Yeah we’re not signed with anyone, so it’s just been a bit of a process of being in bands before and saying ‘how do you play bigger stages and bigger shows?’. We’ve talked to people and it sort of snowballed from that. I know the guys in Night By Night and The Quireboys and they put me in contact with someone from Hard Rock Hell which is how we got on the festival.
HRH: And was that HRH AOR slot the catalyst for a full tour?
DR: From that point we just started to make it a tour. We’ve never played the UK and Europe before. Dead City Ruins, Black Aces, Tequila Mockingbyrd and Massive have all given us contacts and help with stuff like that and we’ve just had to piece it together. They’ll say ‘We did a great tour in Spain, there’s this one promoter that did really well for us, give him a call’ or ‘we played this one place in Belgium…’. So that’s sort of how that happened. We’ve never done anything like it before so we thought it would be the best way to dip a toe in and see how it goes. Hopefully we’ll come back with a more cohesive tour.
HRH: You mentioned a couple of bands there but what is the state of Australian rock at the moment? Do you notice if there is much difference down there?
DR: Yeah a big difference! My band is half Australian and half American so we don’t really have a home as it were as someone is always travelling. I’ve been in the Australian music scene for eight or nine years now and it’s a bit of a slow burn. You’ve got to spend a little time in it before you start to get anywhere. There are not many people over there and that’s a big thing. There are so many good bands coming out of there, if you speak to them they will tell you ‘you’ve got to get out of Australia!’. Not because it’s bad – there’s just not that many people. What do you do? Once you’ve played a bit, you’ve played to all the people, so you either sit on your hands or you go somewhere else.
HRH: Is there anywhere you prefer playing?
DR: The American guys are funny – they hadn’t really been anywhere before we started touring. They’d been around the US and maybe Canada and Mexico but they’d never been to Australia. None of us had ever been to Wales! All of us collectively have our favourite venues to play. Me personally, in Australia, I think Melbourne has the best scene. I used to live in Sydney and I love it but it probably has the second best music scene. Between those two cities you have almost half of Australia’s population! Adelaide has always been good to me and I’ve played Perth once. I grew up in Tasmania which is hard. Canberra is hard. I love Brisbane but for music it is hard because it’s difficult to get people to do anything that’s not beach related.
HRH: You played the last slot on the second stage at HRH AOR. How did it go?
DR: I mean any kind of crowd was going to be the biggest we have performed to in the UK! It was very exciting for us as it was also the first time we have headlined a stage. Even though it was the smaller stage, being the last slot at a festival was strange as we are usually in the middle. We’ve had the chance to open at a festival in Wisconsin and that was wild as there was about 15,000 people there. I literally had no expectations ahead of HRH AOR because we’d never played there before. I’d heard a lot of really great things about the UK and I was starting to get a little bit excited seeing people over at the stages when we arrived.
HRH: So were the nerves creeping in?
DR: I don’t usually get nervous but I might have been a little nervous, yeah. I’ve played in front of plenty of big crowds but the UK and Europe are like a Mecca when it comes to hard rock music. We’ve played a lot of shows in America but it just doesn’t occupy the same place in people’s hearts as it does in Europe.