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Sticky Fingers on their hiatus, a blessing in disguise

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THIS year has been sort of a comeback year for Sticky Fingers.

After an indefinite hiatus in December 2016, the Sydney quintet took to Instagram in March to announce their comeback.

And in eight months, the band is back to what they do best — selling out venues and displaying their own blend of music — a mix of reggae, psychedelic and rock.

The band’s keyboardist Freddy Crabs admitted it hass been one of their busiest periods but described it as something he missed throughout the year while they went on a hiatus.

“It’s been very exciting, to be honest. We’ve always wanted to come back and play music, and I miss being on stage and running to the studios for recording.

“I’ve been doing that for 10 years and this year we spent the first half recording stuff for our new album while going on a world tour. Our shows have been sold out and it’s been flat out on a roll,” he told Malay Mail.

Crabs said the band consisting of Dylan Frost (vocalist/guitar), Paddy Cornwall (bassist), Seamus Coyle (lead guitarist) and Beaker Best (drummer) were excited to be back where they are.

They often guarantee a good show, with Crabs adding on that “they were having too much fun” at one time.

“We’ve always loved to party and have a good time, but I feel that got the better of us during that period (2016). And after a while we just grouped together and told each other we need a break.

“We needed to come back fresher,” Crabs said, referring to the hiatus in 2016.

No news or updates were found throughout that 15-month period, but Crabs said it would go down as a very important part in the band’s history.

“We were relaxed. There was no partying, each of us were doing our writing and we spent some time together during that period to get to know everyone’s problems.

“We even rented an empty house, without no drinks or parties, but just sat in the living room writing, and writing.”

Crabs said the hiatus helped opened their eyes to show them right from wrong.

“A lot of things that was said was never true or verified, but that’s the nature of social media. You get flocked with positivity and negativity too.

“For us we know who we are, and we know what we stand for.

“People thought the Sticky Fingers era was done, they were a drunken bunch of rock stars who were gone. But we’re serious about what we do now.

“Sticky Fingers wants to spread positivity and I’m really proud of this. We’ve grown more confident and a lot more in control of what we do,” said the 28-year-old.

Their three studio albums, Caress Your Soul (2013), Land Of Pleasure (2014) and Westway (The Glitter & the Slums) (2016) has been a very enjoyable affair but Crabs promised their fans that the fourth album, set for release somewhere closer towards the end of the year, is the best album they have done to date.

“Our fourth album is coming up, and it was the first ever time we’ve recorded something while we were totally sober.

“It’s going to be our best album we’ve done to date, and fans (Neon Lights 2018) can expect a couple of new songs from us this weekend.”

Their set at Neon Lights tomorrow takes place at Fort Canning Park in Singapore.

Crabs said all of them are excited to put on a good show for their Southeast Asian faithful.

“We’ve been getting a lot of love from here. Travelling around we could see that they know who we are.

“It’s pretty surreal for us now, and everyday we wake up and kick ourselves because we’re no longer just a band performing in the western suburbs of Sydney, we’re a global ban.”

During a trip to Palawan in Indonesia this year, the band realised their music was appreciated by people who don’t even know them but fell in love with what they produced.

“We just did an acoustic set at a small bar and next day when we went there again, the news circulated and everyone from the nearby villages wanted us to perform again.

“They told us they loved us, and we were so glad. At the end of the day, we’re just a group of guys who wants to see the world and experience everything.

“That’s what life really is about.”