Sticky Fingers (band)

Sticky Fingers
Five men are shown, with four sitting on a garden or park wall, which is overgrown with leafy vegetation over corrugated iron. The first man, at left, sits with his hands tucked under his armpits and his left leg raised at the knee. He has shoulder length, brown hair and little facial hair. He wears sun glasses, a grey coloured jacket over a white tee-shirt and grey pants. His left boot is visible, it is leathery and covers his ankle. The second man sits, he has the longest hair: it is well over his shoulders and light red-brown. His facial hair is of similar colour; formed into a beard. He wears sun glasses but no jacket. He has a white tee-shirt and grey pants. His left footwear is a dirty, white sneaker. The man in the middle is standing, he has dark brown, curly, shoulder length hair and a dark brown moustache. He wears mirrored sun glasses, a large red-brown coat with his hands tucked into its pockets. His tee-shirt has a multi-coloured image of an Asian mythological/religious figure partly visible, over the top of dark pants. The fourth man is sitting, he has a full, black beard with dark curly, shorter hair than the rest. He wears a pink bucket hat, his dark rain jacket is zipped right up and his hands are tucked into its pockets. He wears blue jeans with cuffs folded over and the tops of his sneakers are just visible. The last man is sitting and has his right arm draped over both shoulders of the previous one. He has brown, very curly, over shoulder length hair and a moustache. His dark jacket is open, he wears a cream shirt with small fan-like shapes repeated on it. His parts are dark and his left hand rests on his left thigh.
(L to R): Paddy Cornwall, Seamus Coyle, Dylan Frost, Freddy Crabs, Beaker Best
Background information
Origin Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Years active
  • 2008 (2008)–2016 (2016)
  • 2018–present
Labels SureShaker
  • Paddy Cornwall
  • Seamus Coyle
  • Eric da Silva Gruener (p.k.a. "Beaker Best")
  • Dylan Frost
  • Daniel Neurath (p.k.a. "Freddy Crabs")
Past members
  • Taras Hrubyj-Piper

Sticky Fingers is a reggae/indie rock band formed in 2008 in Sydney, Australia. The band consists of Dylan Frost (lead vocals/guitar), Paddy Cornwall (bass/vocals), Seamus Coyle (lead guitar), Beaker Best (drums/percussion) and Freddy Crabs (keys/synth). Former band member Taras Hrubyj-Piper (guitar/keyboards) left the band in 2009, shortly after their debut EP Helping Hand was released.

They have released four studio albums: Caress Your Soul (2013), Land of Pleasure (2014), Westway (The Glitter & The Slums) (2016), and Yours to Keep (2019) as well as three EP's: Helping Hand (2009), Extended Play (2010), and Happy Endings (2011). Their third album was the first album to debut and appear at number 1 on the Australian Albums Chart.[1][2]

On 5 December 2016 the band announced they would be going on an indefinite hiatus in February, due to several internal issues.[3] On 26 March 2018, the band announced their instagram account.[4]

History [ edit ]

2008–2012: Helping Hand, Extended Play and Happy Endings [ edit ]

The band was formed after Cornwall and Best saw Frost busking outside of the Coopers Hotel in Newtown.[5]

In 2009, Sticky Fingers played their first live show and released their debut EP titled Helping Hand. The EP showcases the early sound of Sticky Fingers which is mainly reggae driven, and includes the songs "Inspirational" and "Juicy Ones" which were later re-recorded for their Extended Play EP. The EP credits Taras Hrubyj-Piper for guitar and keyboard work, as well as Caroline De Dear and rapper Mute Mc for vocal work on the song "Lyrical Stoka".

Sticky Fingers released the Extended Play EP in October 2010 (through sureshaker), and the acoustic EP Happy Endings in October 2011.

2012–2015: Caress Your Soul and Land of Pleasure [ edit ]

Caress Your Soul, the band's debut album (sureshaker), was released in March 2013 and reached number 39 in the Australian Albums Chart.[6] The band's second album Land of Pleasure reached number 3 on the Australian Albums Chart when it released in August 2014.[7]

The band has not only gained popularity in Australia, but became popular in countries such as France, Germany, New Zealand, the Netherlands and the UK. The band postponed their 2015 European tour due to personal reasons.[8]

2015–2018: Westway (The Glitter & the Slums) and allegations of racial abuse [ edit ]

Their third album Westway (The Glitter & the Slums) was mostly recorded over the course of a month in Karma Sound Studios, Bang Saray, Thailand in early 2016 and was released on 30 September 2016.[9] Frost and Cornwall wrote the lyrics of the album and two songs, "Something Strange" featuring Australian rapper Remi and "Amillionite", were recorded in Sydney. The album debuted at number one on the Australian Albums Chart, making it the band's first number-one Australian album.[10]

On 5 December 2016, the band announced through a Facebook post that they were going on an indefinite hiatus. Later that day, Dylan Frost posted a Facebook status on the band's page apologising for his recent behaviour and announcing he struggles with alcohol addiction and mental health issues.[11]

On 6 December 2016, an article published by The Sydney Morning Herald detailed further events leading to the hiatus. Frost was accused of being physically threatening to indigenous singer Thelma Plum after an incident at a Sydney pub where he reportedly spat on her. In a since-deleted Facebook post, Plum had referenced an earlier episode in July 2016 when Frost was accused of shouting racist taunts at indigenous metal band Dispossessed as they spoke about the abuse of children at the Don Dale Youth Detention Centre.[12]

2018: Return from hiatus and world tour [ edit ]

On 26 March 2018, the band used their Instagram account to post an image of the five members together, with the caption "Look who's back", signalling a return from their hiatus. On 30 March they played at Bad Friday, a neighborhood music festival held in Sydney's Inner West.[13]

On 13 April 2018, they released a comeback single, "Kick On", and announced a June 2018 world tour with shows in Australia, Mexico, the United States, the United Kingdom, Germany, the Netherlands, New Zealand and Indonesia. This tour includes a performance at Luna Park's Big Top, Sydney.[14]

Influences [ edit ]

When asked where the band got their reggae vibe from, bassist Paddy Cornwall stated, Sydney 'Rock Steady Reggae got soul band 'King Tide' were [are] a huge influence on 'Sticky Fingers' opening for King Tide many times.Later on the band let King Tide open for them on their sold out run off Enmore theater gigs. That said, You know Dizza (Dylan) is rocking his Kiwi roots from Auckland, you know Seamus loves his rock 'n' roll, and me and Beaks just do our thing on the rhythm section." [15] The band has stated their psychedelic reggae music has also been influenced by bands such as The Clash, Pink Floyd and the Arctic Monkeys.[16]

"A melting pot of reggae, psych 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."[17]

Members [ edit ]

Discography [ edit ]

Studio albums [ edit ]

Title Details Peak chart positions Certifications


Caress Your Soul 39 13

Land of Pleasure
  • Released: August 2014
  • Label: Sureshaker Music (CW015)
  • Formats: CD, digital download
Westway (The Glitter & the Slums)
  • Released: October 2016
  • Label: SureShaker (SURESHAKER001)
  • Formats: CD, digital download, LP
1 4
Yours to Keep
  • Released: 8 February 2019[23]
  • Label: SureShaker
  • Formats: Digital download, streaming



Extended plays [ edit ]

Title Details
Helping Hand
  • Released: October 2009
  • Label: Sticky Fingers (0510569334)
  • Format: CD
Extended Play
  • Released: 2010
  • Label: Sureshaker Music
  • Format: CD
Happy Endings
  • Released: October 2011
  • Label: Sureshaker Music (CW009)
  • Format: CD

Singles [ edit ]

Title Year Album
"Caress Your Soul" 2012 Caress Your Soul
"Clouds and Cream"
"Gold Snafu" 2014 Land of Pleasure
"Just for You"
"Ghost Town" 2015 non-album single
"Outcast at Last" 2016 Westway (The Glitter & the Slums)
"Our Town"
"Kick On" 2018 Yours to Keep
"Cool & Calm"
"Loose Ends"
"Not Done Yet" 2019

Other charted songs [ edit ]

Title Details Peak chart positions Album


"Another Episode" 2019 13 Yours to Keep
"Sleep Alone" 15
"Yours to Keep" 17
"Sleeping Through the Flood" 18

Concert tours [ edit ]

References [ edit ]

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