Oxford's O2 venue was buzzing in anticipation of a new band visiting town but not just any old band. It only takes one quick Google to discover how amazing not only is the story behind the band's inception, but their whirlwind success has been. Dylan Frost (vocals/guitar), Paddy Cornwall (bass/vocals), Seamus Coyle (lead guitar), Beaker Best (drums/percussion) and Freddy Crabs (keys/synth), Australia's homegrown Sticky Fingers had arrived for their gig. They certainly like to keep busy; their third album Westway (The Glitter & The Slums) will be release at the end of this month. This tour began in Germany in August, then 11 days across the UK before heading to the US, Canada, Australia and finishing the tour in New Zealand on 2nd January 2017. Phew. The young college-aged audience were anticipating a musical treat and were very privileged ticket holders. Given the calibre of the music from this evening, it is highly likely that there could be a rush on tickets to Sticky Finger's remaining UK concerts.
As a band, they are impressive, genuinely amicable talented musicians who are increasingly performing to sold out concerts. Best described as 'an energetic mix of dub, rock, psychedelia, and whatever other influences you can pinpoint, the mash-up sound has become one of their signature traits, and it draws you to pay attention to their musical adventure. Sticky Fingers at O2 tonight are living proof that with dedication the jamming in a crowded buddy's terrace house in Sydney (or Oxford) combined with lots of talent, drive, and an avenue for performing, can turn a love into a fan base and a paid reality. Sticky Fingers have left their mark and the memories linger on.