Sticky Fingers (band)

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Sticky Fingers
Stickyfingers photo.jpg
(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–present
Labels SureShaker Music
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 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 three studio albums: Caress Your Soul (2013), Land of Pleasure (2014) and Westway (The Glitter & The Slums) (2016) as well as three EP's: Helping Hand (2009), Extended Play (2010), and Happy Endings (2011). Their most recent 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 return via a post on their Instagram account.[4]


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

The band was formed by Frost, Best, and Cornwall 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

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 hiatus

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]

2018: Return from hiatus and world tour

On 26 March 2018, the band used their Instagram account to post an image of the five members together, with the caption "Guess 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.[12]

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.[13]


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." [14] The band has stated their psychedelic reggae music has also been influenced by bands such as The Clash, Pink Floyd and the Arctic Monkeys.[15]

"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."[16]



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)
  • "Kick On" (2018)

Concert tours


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  2. ^ "Sticky Fingers (9)". Discogs. Retrieved 2018-05-20. 
  3. ^ Bowden, Ebony (2016-12-05). "Sticky Fingers on indefinite hiatus after frontman accused of racial abuse". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 2018-05-20. 
  4. ^ "Sticky Fingers on Instagram: "Look who's back."". Instagram. Retrieved 2018-05-20. 
  5. ^ Vincent, Peter (19 September 2014). "Sticky Fingers elbow their way to the front of the rock'n'roll pack". The Sydney Morning Herald. 
  6. ^ "Sticky Fingers - Caress Your Soul". Australian Charts Portal. Hung Medien. Retrieved 9 June 2016. 
  7. ^ "Sticky Fingers - Land of Pleasure". Australian Charts Portal. Hung Medien. Retrieved 9 June 2016. 
  8. ^ "Sticky Fingers Cancel All Remaining European Tour Dates - Music Feeds". 22 May 2015. Retrieved 9 June 2016. 
  9. ^ "The Avalanches, Sticky Fingers, Illy, Thundamentals, The Little Dum Dum Club | media | triple j". Australian Broadcasting Corporation. 7 August 2016. Retrieved 13 August 2016. 
  10. ^ "They've Done It: Sticky Fingers Pick Up #1 ARIA Debut Over Bon Iver |". The Music. 8 October 2016. Retrieved 8 October 2016. 
  11. ^ "'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. 
  12. ^ [ "Sticky Fingers Instagram"] Check |url= value (help). Instagram. 
  13. ^ Williams, Tom (13 April 2018). "Sticky Fingers Announce World Tour, Share New Song Kick On". Music Feeds. Retrieved 13 April 2018. 
  14. ^ Music Feeds (4 July 2012). "Sticky Fingers interview at the Annandale Hotel". Retrieved 9 June 2016 – via YouTube. 
  15. ^ "Sticky Origins" (PDF). Retrieved 9 June 2016. 
  16. ^ "Sticky Fingers - STIFI". Stickyfingerstheband/cp,. Retrieved 9 June 2016. 
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