Sticky Fingers, Hotel Great Northern, Saturday
The Sticky Fingers are mis-spending their youth while we watch. And it’s as colourful as that review suggests: a melodic, mega-hectic mash of psychedelia, pop and roots. Music to throw shapes to.
The Sydney-based four-piece (sometimes five-piece) are delivering a refreshing vibe to Australian music. The band began their rise when drummer Beaker and bass player Paddy Fingers met busker Dylan Frost one night in early 2009 outside the Coopers Arms hotel in Newtown. Dylan, fresh from NZ, was on the streets with his guitar busking for coin outside the pub. ‘We met him,’ Patty says, ‘when the Coopers Arms bouncer started hassling us and telling us we should give him some money’. Frost’s melodic sense brings the Kiwi spirit and melodic lineage to the band.
Frost, the youngest member of the band (the rest of the band are 20), has 19 years of life and a hundred years of heartbreak in his voice. And the band surround it in textural and psyche-y, atmospheric melodies punched out by the Sticky Fingers rhythm section’s blunt soundscapes. Hotel Great Northern on Saturday.