Australia’s Sticky Fingers are probably not like anything you’ve heard lately. Self described as “a melting pot of reggae, psych, pop and bourbon” these rockers from down under have a funky groove and a fresh approach to music. With influences that range from The Clash to Floyd and personalities just as individual as the members themselves, it’s no wonder that STIFI has perfected the art of eclectic rock n roll.
With two successful albums under their belts, Sticky Fingers are ready to unleash their third album on the world and have been jet setting the globe in support of their latest effort. In between finishing up their Outcast At Last Australian Tour and heading stateside for a month long run, they checked in with Examiner via Skype. We chatted with Bassist/Vocalist Paddy Cornwall from the airport about musical influences, touring and how to get all of your friends out of the venue after a show.
Examiner: “The Sticky Fingers’ sound is unique and has a great mesh of several genres that can appeal to everyone. Who are you influenced by musically?”
Paddy Cornwall: “I think The Clash was sort of the first band that ever made us realize that we could be like us and play that way. Also Gorillaz and Stone Roses too – a whole bunch of stuff really. All five of the band members are very different and we all have very different personalities. I think it’s the individuality of all five members that makes is unique, both on and off the stage.”
E: “Interestingly, Sticky Fingers is also the name of a 1970’s Rolling Stones record. Is there any correlation to that or is it just coincidence?”
PC: “That’s because when we booked our first show many moons ago, we had a really terrible band name Green Leaf, and we once we booked it we thought ‘we can’t be putting Green Leaf, that’s terrible’. I think there was a bunch of CDs at my place just like sitting on a coffee table. I said ‘we’ll just pull something out and I’ll find something and we’ll just run with that.’ Luckily I pulled that one out because that’s actually not so bad.”
E: “As you said you’re off to Brisbane now, and then you’ll be headed to the states. Will this be your first big tour of the US?”
PC: “The last time we went actually went really well too. We’re playing bigger venues this time around, last time we were playing around two hundred capacity venues, and they were all filling up. This time it’s going to be bigger so maybe like five hundred to seven hundred capacity venues. It sounds like it’s going to be really good and we’re really excited.”
E: “So playing in different market and in front of newer audiences is probably pretty exciting for you. Do you get psyched watching people get into the show?”
PC: “Yeah and you know, I reckon that we actually play a lot better. I remember on our last American tour we played some of our best shows. Over here (in Australia) we’re playing like two or three thousand capacity venues, to a fan base that loves us and are pretty converted. Then we come over there to America and people are still kind of checking it out. We really kind of have to ‘blow their heads off’”.
E: “Do you have any crazy stories about the Aussie fans or tour stories in general?”
PC: “A few nights ago we were playing at a hotel in Sydney, and because it was a hometown shoe we had about a thousand of our mates hanging around and f****** the place up. The venue manager was really on my back to get rid of everybody. I was kind of like ‘well you’re the venue manager, isn’t it your job to get everybody out?’ He said ‘well they’re not listening to me but they’ll listen to you’ and he kept bugging me. I go ‘okay fine, you really want me to get them out’ and he said yeah. So I got on my friend’s shoulders and grabbed the fire extinguisher and blasted everyone with it. Next thing you know, nobody could breathe and so then everybody had to leave, and it worked. So I thought I did a good job, but he wasn’t too pleased.”
Check out Sticky Fingers’ latest single ‘Outcast At Last’ and keep an eye out for the new record. You can catch them live in Boston, MA at the Brighton Music Hall on May 2nd. Check out the STIFI website for more date and info.