Bottle decadence, swagger and plenty of hard-yards and you have one of Australia’s hottest musical exports Sticky Fingers.
Dylan Frost (vocals/guitar) Seamus Coyle, (lead guitar), Paddy Cornwall, (bass), Beaker Best, (drums), and Freddy Crabs, (keys), have earned a household name on the strength of their seductive style and high-voltage shows.
STI FI is the soundtrack to a sunbathed kick-on. It’s the birth child of a fling between Manchester Rock and Kingston Dub, luring listeners into their worst behaviour with a salivating caress of the soul.
Sticky Fingers are the perfect storm in a stifling indie-rock climate. It’s no surprise their infectious flavour has propelled them to dizzying heights on the charts (their latest album ‘Westway (The Glitter and the Slums)’ debuted #1 on the ARIA Album Charts, their sophomore album ‘Land of Pleasure’ debuted at #1 on AIR Independent Charts), clocked up an arsenal of viral hits (‘How To Fly’ is sitting on 5.4 million YouTube views, ‘Australia Street’ has 4.6 million), performed at renowned international festivals such as Rocking the Daisies (South Africa), In the Lights (South Africa) and The Great Escape (UK) and sold-out tours over the world. They’ve sold out their own headline shows over and over again, around the world and in their home country, Australia some without even announcing it.
The release of the chart-smashing album, ‘Westway', marks an evolution delving into darker, more intimate territories. It lays bare the heavy toll of living on the road, raising the bar with a new evocative vision that stays true to their roots. Recorded against the backdrop of Thailand’s picturesque coast, ‘Westway' stands back to reflect on their ascent.
After two years off, Sticky Fingers are back and making new music. Their single ‘Kick On’ released at the beginning of 2018 marked their return to the music scene. Sticky also made their return known, selling out a Headline World Tour at venues in Australia, Mexico, USA, Europe, NZ and Indonesia. The boys returned back to Australia with their second single ‘Cool And Calm’ which reached over a million streams on Spotify. Both singles will be featured on their forthcoming album to be released early 2019.
The band has been a long time on the road to success. They were fatefully drawn together after plucking Dylan from obscurity; Paddy and Beaker stumbled upon the anarchic Kiwi busking outside Coopers Arms Hotel. Crabs and Seamus came out of the woodwork of Sydney’s Inner West, and the oddball five-piece was given birth. After a humble maiden performance in Harold Park hotel, they took to paying their dues on the infamous Aussie pub circuit.
The turning point came one sweltering Summer’s day in the since sacred setting of Camperdown Park. It was Newtown Festival, and the group had been knocked back for a spot on the lineup. Instead of retreating to lick their wounds, they scaled a milk crate-stage in a mate’s adjoining backyard and put in an show-stealing performance to heaving crowds.
Muscling their way into the spotlight, they forced the organisers to take notice and earned a spot on the main stage the following year. Things started flowed sweetly for Sti-Fi, who soared from strength to strength on the back of a workhorse ethic. Such is the way legends are born.
STIFI is a melting pot of reggae, psych, pop and bourbon. Hypnotising you into a swaying trance, then punching you in the face for dancing like a hippy. Their borderline contradictory fusion of flavours speaks to every walk of life, and it’s this multiplicity which makes the world their oyster.
For the comparison minded:
If the Clash, Pink Floyd and Arctic Monkeys are three beads of sweat that meet rolling down your back, Sticky Fingers are there licking it up.
Photo Credit: Cole Bennetts