Sticky Fingers (band)

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Sticky Fingers
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(from left to right) Paddy Cornwall, Seamus Coyle, Dylan Frost, Freddy Crabs, Beaker Best
Background information
Also known as STIFI
Origin Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Years active 2008–2017 (hiatus)
Labels SureShaker Music
Website Official site
Members Dylan Frost
Paddy Cornwall
Seamus Coyle
Beaker Best
Freddy Crabs
Past members Taras Hrubyj-Piper

Sticky Fingers is a reggae fusion/indie rock band formed in Sydney, Australia in 2008. The band consists of Dylan Frost (vocals/guitar), Paddy Cornwall (bass/vocals), Seamus Coyle (lead guitar), Beaker Best (drums/percussion), Freddy Crabs (keys/synth). The band was formed by Frost, Best and Cornwall after Cornwall and Best saw Frost busking outside of the Coopers Hotel in Newtown.[1]

On 5 December 2016, Sticky Fingers announced they would be going on indefinite hiatus after a performance at Party In The Paddock festival on 11 February 2017, due to several internal issues.


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. Caress Your Soul, the band's debut album (sureshaker), was released in March 2013 and reached number 39 in the Australian Albums Chart.[2] The band's second album Land of Pleasure reached number 3 on the Australian Albums Chart when it released in August 2014.[3]

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.[4]

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.[5] 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 1 on the Australian Albums Chart, making it the band's first number 1 Australian album.[6]

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. [7]


When asked where the band got their reggae vibe from, bassist Paddy Cornwall stated, "From all of us! 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." [8] The band has stated their psychedelic pop/reggae music has also been influenced by bands such as The Clash, Pink Floyd and the Arctic Monkeys.[9]

"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."[10]



Studio albums
  • Helping Hand (2009)
  • Extended Play (2010)
  • Happy Endings (2011)
  • "Caress Your Soul" (2012)
  • "Clouds and Cream" (2012)
  • "Gold Snafu" (2014)
  • "Just for You" (2014)
  • "Ghost Town" (2015)
  • "Outcast at Last" (2016)
  • "Our Town" (2016)

Concert tours

  • Caress Your Soul - European Tour (June/July 2013)
  • Sun Shine Down on Us All Tour - Australia (September/October 2013)
  • Gold Snafu - Australian Tour (February/March 2014)
  • Gold Snafu - European Tour (April/May 2014)
  • Splendour in the Grass - (July 2014)
  • Land of Pleasure - Australian Tour (September/October 2014)
  • Land of Pleasure - European Tour (October/November 2014)
  • Falls Festival Tour - (December 2014)
  • Byron Bay Bluesfest - (April 2015)
  • Groovin' The Moo - (April/May 2015)
  • North American Tour - (July/August 2015)
  • Canadian Tour - (September 2015)
  • This That - (October 2015)
  • Originals Music Festival - (November 2015)
  • Vanfest (December 2015)
  • "Outcast at Last" Australian Tour - (April 2016) - included 3 unannounced SOLD OUT shows at the Enmore Theatre
  • "Outcast at Last" North American Tour - (April/May 2016)
  • Splendour in the Grass - (July 2016)
  • 2016 European/UK Tour - (August/September 2016)
  • 2016 Split Milk - (December 2016)
  • Westway (The Glitter & the Slums) - North American Tour (September/October 2016)
  • Westway (The Glitter & the Slums) - Australian Tour (October/November 2016)


  1. ^ Vincent, Peter (19 September 2014). "Sticky Fingers elbow their way to the front of the rock'n'roll pack". The Sydney Morning Herald. 
  2. ^ "Sticky Fingers - Caress Your Soul". Australian Charts Portal. Hung Medien. Retrieved 9 June 2016. 
  3. ^ "Sticky Fingers - Land of Pleasure". Australian Charts Portal. Hung Medien. Retrieved 9 June 2016. 
  4. ^ "Sticky Fingers Cancel All Remaining European Tour Dates - Music Feeds". 22 May 2015. Retrieved 9 June 2016. 
  5. ^ "The Avalanches, Sticky Fingers, Illy, Thundamentals, The Little Dum Dum Club | media | triple j". Australian Broadcasting Corporation. 7 August 2016. Retrieved 13 August 2016. 
  6. ^ "They've Done It: Sticky Fingers Pick Up #1 ARIA Debut Over Bon Iver |". The Music. 8 October 2016. Retrieved 8 October 2016. 
  7. ^ "'My behaviour for a large part has been unacceptable': Rock band Sticky Fingers goes on an indefinite hiatus .... as lead singer Dylan Frost deals with addiction and mental health issues". Daily Mail. 5 December 2016. Retrieved 5 December 2016. 
  8. ^ Music Feeds (4 July 2012). "Sticky Fingers interview at the Annandale Hotel". Retrieved 9 June 2016 – via YouTube. 
  9. ^ "Sticky Origins" (PDF). Retrieved 9 June 2016. 
  10. ^ "Sticky Fingers - STIFI". Stickyfingerstheband/cp,. Retrieved 9 June 2016. 
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