Australian outfit Sticky Fingers don’t visit the United States much, but when they do they come with impact. Their signature fusion of reggae and indie rock have garnered them recognition throughout Australia and pushed two of their albums onto the Australian Top 40 charts. Having already sold out part of their third US tour, they’re looking forward to playing both new and old material to American audiences. On September 30th, the band will drop their newest album, Westway, which was recorded in Thailand at Karma Sounds Studios. We got to speak with Paddy Cornwall, bassist and vocalist, about the new album, lasting friendships, and lost bus drivers.
Thank you for taking the time to talk to us, Paddy. What are you up to right now?
Enjoying some time off just sitting outside in my garden. We just got back from the UK and will stay home for a bit before we hit the road for the rest of the year.
Sticky Fingers has a very busy tour schedule.
Yeah, it’s just the way we like it. The more we are on the road, the more we don’t know what to do with ourselves when we come back.
You guys were just in the United States this April and May too.
You guys make it tricky to make it out there, especially when some of our band members have criminal records. You have to make hay while the sun is shining, and we wanted to make the most out of the Visas. This will be our third time coming back to the States now and our new album is coming out soon. It’ll be in an interesting time to be on the road and see how album does. The LA show and San Fran show are both already sold out too.
What content can we expect for the US tour? Will you be playing more tracks from the new album or also tracks from Caress your Soul and Land of Pleasure?
I think we’re playing 4 or 5 tracks off the new record, but we don’t want to flood people with that. We’re going to be playing all the classics as well. We’ve never rehearsed any of the old songs so it’ll feel fresh when we play it again in front of an audience. But we’re looking forward to playing the new songs too because they’re fun to play.
Any highlights or lowlights on the European tour?
That was the most at peace with each other we’ve been on tour actually. We can be very volatile human beings to each other since we’re all childhood friends. There are so many old relationships there and we can have some fairly hectic moments. But at this European tour we still managed to churn through four different bus drivers who couldn’t stand living with us on the bus. 
We heard you met Dylan while he was busking. At that time, did you think that you’d still be friends with Dylan and even in a band together for this long?
Not at all. I kept running into Dylan before, and every time I met him he kept forgetting who I was. Then, I saw him at a house party once where I was getting cheeky with a lovely lady in the back. Dylan happened to open the door and stumble in, accidentally interrupting my little love affair. He apologized and said, “I remember you.” I’m like, “Now you fucking remember.” And from there it’s all downhill or uphill depending how you want to look at it.
Paddy, do you still design all the tour posters on Photoshop?
It’s true! We’re still incredibly DIY with everything that we do. 
You guys have had some wildly narrative and cinematic music videos, particularly those for “Velvet Skies” and “Outcast at Last.” How do you all think of these ideas?
Before the band, I wanted to get into the film business and be a director. However, I also really loved music, but I didn’t want to start a band unless I found someone who had a voice and the right charisma to stand in the front and center of stage and really captivate people. I wanted someone with the X factor, if you will. Then, I met Dylan and discovered his raw talent and his amazing voice. I think it’s a Kiwi thing. They can sing about their thousand years of heartache in their voices.
What is personally your favorite track from Westway?
I honestly love the whole album. We literally wrote close to 40 songs, but we like all the ones we chose for the album. But as a band favorite, I think the closing track, “No Divide, ” summed up where the band was last year and goes into where we are now. We all realized that we still really love playing music together.
Catch Sticky Fingers in Los Angeles at the Teragram on 9/30 and San Francisco at the Rickshaw Stop on 10/1.

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Westway (The Glitter & The Slums) track listing:
1. One By One
2. Outcast At Last
3. Sad Songs
4. Angel
5. Our Town
6. Westway
7. Something Strange (Feat. Remi)
8. Flight 101
9. Tongue & Cheek
10. Amillionite
11. No Divide

 

 

Sticky Fingers North American tour dates:
9/30 Los Angeles, CA @ Teragram
10/1 San Francisco, CA @ Rickshaw Stop
10/2 Santa Cruz, CA @ Atrium
10/5 Portland, OR @ Doug Fir Lounge
10/6 Seattle, WA @ The Crocodile
10/7 Vancouver, BC @ Vogue
10/8 Victoria, BC @ Distrikt
10/10 Banff, AB @ Wild Bills
10/12 Calgary, AB @ SAIT
10/13 Edmonton, AB @ The Needle
10/15 Winnipeg, MB @ Pyramid
10/16 Minneapolis, MN @ 7th Street Entry
10/18 Chicago, IL @ Lincoln Hall
10/20 Toronto, ON @ Opera House
10/21 Montreal, QC @ Club Soda

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