Sticky Fingers
Land of Pleasure


4.5
superb

Review

by EyesHalfClosed USER (18 Reviews)
February 7th, 2016 | 15 replies


Release Date: 08/01/2014 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Glorious indie-reggae-psychedelia summer jams.

In 2014, something uncommon happened; arguably one of the first legitimate reggae-fusion chart-topping hits of the decade was released, with the single ‘Rude’ peaking at number one in multiple countries. Yet to hold ‘Magic!’ and their particular brand of saccharine, quasi-pop-reggae up as the bastions of a much neglected genre in recent years, would be doing the genre itself an enormous disservice. Perhaps that’s one of the reasons I find Australia’s Sticky Fingers such a delight; they’re the aged, single-malt whiskey to ‘Magic’s’ alcopop, the ‘Undertale’ to ‘Magic’s’ ‘Assassin’s Creed’, the 'Mad Max' to ‘Magic’s’ 'Taken 3'. Essentially, they’ve successfully re-introduced a soul, a beating heart, a real sense of weight to a genre which I’ve found little to enjoy with since the early works of 'Sublime'; almost twenty years ago.

However to pigeonhole Sticky Fingers solely as a reggae-fusion act would be a mistake, as there’s much more on offer here; or as the bands neatly summarizes a ‘melting pot of reggae, psych, pop and bourbon’. For fans of their previous effort, ‘Caress Your Soul’, there’s still an abundance of what could be described as the bread-and-butter of that record - psychedelic, reggae-influenced, upbeat indie-rock anthems – present and accounted for, the ideal soundtrack to a laid back summer get-together, to indulge in some of life's more mischievous pleasures. Tracks such as ‘Lazerhead’, ‘Land Of Pleasure’ and lead single ‘Gold Snafu’ delight in this regard; with the latter featuring an infectiously ear-worm-like tune and a thick cheerful bass-line, with a vibe so well suited to the soundtrack of a softcore porno, I almost expected a half-naked pizza-man to ring the doorbell while listening to it.

Yet whereas ‘Caress Your Soul’ was a mostly upbeat, carefree affair, ‘Land Of Pleasure’ sees them at times venturing into darker territory, often to sobering effect; perhaps best exemplified in ‘Liquorlip Loaded Gun’. Although appearing to be an upbeat piano and guitar driven ballad from the outset, it’s barely begun before the genre bait-and-switch becomes apparent, seamlessly shifting into a sombre and downbeat electro groove, with lyrics which touch on the struggles with alcoholism and the downward spiral of self-destruction which can eventuate. For fans of ‘Sweater Weather’ from ‘The Neighbourhood’, this invokes a similar feel, of navigating dark and deserted city streets, however with the message behind ‘Liquorlip Loaded Gun’ being so much more heartbreaking, especially when contrasted with the upbeat drink-til-the-break-of-dawn attitude which defines many of the tunes which proceeded it.

‘Land Of Pleasure’ also features a much more luscious sound and well-rounded production values than previous efforts, no doubt resulting from their rising stature allowing them more time in the studio. While ‘Caress Your Soul’ was comparatively bare-bones, here the more psychedelic and grandiose side of the band is on display; and the record is all the better for it. The vocals are laden with effects and delays, which at times become almost other-worldly, the guitars range from soulful and intimate to space-like and outlandish, the drums go from laid-back and unobtrusive to crashing and frantic - such as the relentless drum and bass styled energy on display in ‘Just For You’ - and the gaps are filled with an eclectic smorgasbord of organs, pianos and electronics, which may need a few listens to take it all in.

Although it’d be a stretch to suggest that this motley assemblage of mustachioed men represents the future of reggae-fusion, I doubt the members would describe themselves as such in any case. Sticky Fingers is a band clearly set on forging their own path; and it's one which gradually seems to be pushing them past the moniker of ‘indie darlings’ to bona-fide mainstream success. So perhaps if you’re not yet on the Sticky Fingers bandwagon, it’s time to do as the band advises; ‘surrender your dignity to your urges in the Sticky galaxy where psych, soul and rocking roots collide’.

Listen To:
Liquorlip Loaded Gun
Gold Snafu
Lazerheard




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jpsurf93
February 8th 2016


15 Comments


yesss glad this band is finally getting some attention on here. Great record, but I kind of prefer Caress Your Soul

Cygnatti
February 8th 2016


32236 Comments


album art and "indie-reggae-psychedelia" sound terrible together x.x

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schoonda
April 9th 2016


959 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Don't really understand how people prefer caress your soul, this is much better by a long shot. Such a solid record.

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tommygun
May 8th 2016


26715 Comments


liquorlip loaded gun is the best song ever

schoonda
May 11th 2016


959 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

agreed, that passage before the last chorus is perfect.

Douglas
August 7th 2016


9283 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

liquor lip loaded gun is the most perfect of perfect. Same as Lazerhead.

schoonda
August 7th 2016


959 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

saw these guys live 2 weeks ago, the lead singer was off his face and his performance was very sloppy unfortunately.

Douglas
August 10th 2016


9283 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

Splendour? I listened to the stream, he sounded pretty cooked.



I've seen them before and they were really great. Hopefully not a beginning of a disastrous problem for the band? Maybe he needs to listen to his own lyrics in Liqourlip Loaded Gun?

schoonda
August 10th 2016


959 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Yep, had high hopes but was let down a bit, hopefully they're better when they hit melbourne in november.



Bit of a shame really, they're a pretty talented bunch, if only their live show was as good.



Unfortunately I don't think it'll be a problem for them, the majority of their fanbase will love them regardless of what they do. The lead singer has been accused of racism at a recent gig he attended and many fans have commented that they don't care and to 'shut up', which is a bit sad tbh.



tommygun
October 4th 2016


26715 Comments


new alb is pretty good as per but nothing on the level of just for you or liquorlip

Rowan5215
Staff Reviewer
October 4th 2016


39518 Comments


talk of a darker sticky fingers album had me aroused did it follow through on that

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tommygun
October 4th 2016


26715 Comments


not the word i'd use but then i don't pay as much attention to lyrics as you (also only on second spin)

first half is kinda shiny but they dig back into the filthy grimey reggae stuff a bit later (something strange)

Rowan5215
Staff Reviewer
October 4th 2016


39518 Comments


grimey shit sounds up my alley will jam it

tommygun
October 4th 2016


26715 Comments


guitar solos are tastier than ever tho

schoonda
October 4th 2016


959 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

yeah its good but doesn't touch the quality of this album i reckon.



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