Sticky Fingers Discuss Their Musical Memories

Sticky Fingers are an Australian five piece band with more swagger and rock than your typical antipodean import. Currently enjoying the kind of reputation that comes from performing to sold out shows in their home country and along the West Coast of the USA, their third album, the tellingly titled “Westway (The Glitter & The Slums)” cements the band as being of significant interest for people who love tradition with a modern twist. Sticky Fingers’ latest track “Sad Songs” and its accompanying video is an expansive bolt of energy that perfectly captures the essence of the band’s approach to songwriting, touring and showmanship. 

ARTISTdirect caught up with keyboardist Freddy Crabs who shared his musical memories, and perhaps offered some insight into the musical DNA that goes into the mix when writing new material for one of our favorite Australian bands. 

First single I bought…

TLC – “Scrubs” Was pretty proud of that one even though my mates thought I was a little wussy.

First live show I attended…

Blink 182 at the Sydney Entertainment Centre. It was when they toured Enema of the State. I was ten at the time and had shorts down to my ankles. Now I wear em just to cover my balls, like a grandpa. I guess they just get smaller with age.

First song I learned to play…

“Ode to Joy” by Beethoven. Probably the lamest classical tune and prob why I gave up learning classical music. Period.

The song that encouraged me to learn my instrument of choice…

“Green Onions” by Booker T. & the M.G.s. Hard groove, dope riff and the solo is the definition of easy yet effective. All time.

The song that reminds me of home…

“Treaty” by Yothu Yindi. Used to bang it since I was a kid but never truly understood the message till later in life. A good reminder that while I love my country it’s got a long way to go to serve its first peoples.

My guilty secret track…

“My Heart Will Go On” by Celine Dion. I remember when I saw Titanic in the movies for the first time, I had my first boner to the sex scene. I was only seven but the song to that was subtly playing in the background so it’s had a long lasting effect on me I guess.

The song I wish I wrote…

“L.A. Woman” by The Doors. Killer track with crazy development. Prob my favorite to listen to on the road.

The finest song from my all time hero…

“Tell Me How Do You Feel” by James Booker. The biggest slayer of Boogie Blues and my hero. This song got me to love groove and passion in playing. It’s all there and he bodies it. RIP legend of the blues.

The song I’ve written of which I’m most proud…

“No Divide”. It’s the last track off our most recent album ‘Westway the Glitter and the Slums.’ I love it cos we wrote it as a unit. Each band member bringing their own unique flavour to produce a banga. That’s when we all write our best shit. We also got a hot video clip comin soon for this track so keep an eye out for it on the good tube.

The song that should be played at my funeral…

“Blue Moments” by Henry Butler. A classic New Orleans solo piano piece played by an absolute monster that really hits ya every time. Crazy playing and crazy feel that’ll make ya cry even if you knew I wasn’t dead. Have a squeeze before ya die or just come to my funeral.

My favorite track from my most recent project…

Recent project I’m guessing is us, so I’d say “Sad Songs” is what I’ve been into most recently. We just released the clip for it on the day Trump got elected just to cheer ya’ll up and it shows us on our last tour through the states. Was a good laugh. Once again go out and bump it. Love you. 

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