Sticky Fingers take aim at Sydney’s controversial lockout laws in a new video.
The Aussie five-piece bring their blend of reggae fusion to The Specials track “Ghost Town”. Teamed with the new clip, which shows the band cruising around a desolate looking Sydney, it makes a pretty strong statement about how the lockout laws are affecting the capital’s culture. Watch it above.
The band’s bassist Paddy Cornwall clarified his criticism (and why the song works so well) on triple j, saying “A few months ago, me and the lads were listening to The Specials version of the song and then we all just started laughing because the lyrics are so poignant to how Sydney is feeling right now. This town is turning into a ghost town, all the clubs are closing down. Lock out laws and the general attitude towards culture and live music in this city, and all of Australia – not that we don’t love Sydney, we love Sydney and we love Australia, and I guess we’re just reacting to what we see as an issue that’s ongoing in the best way that we know how, which is put out a beautiful song. None of us are politicians and we haven’t got political answers for what’s happening but by the same token we’re in a position where we’re able to help the conversation keep going…”
Sticky Fingers are enjoying a period of downtime in their newly-built studio, before gearing up to play a string of shows in NSW, QLD and WA later this month.
‘Ghost Town’ will be available to purchase from iTunes on Friday 23 October.
STICKY FINGERS AUSTRALIAN SHOWS
The Enmore Theatre
THIS THAT Festival
Peregian Originals Festival
Sunshine Coast QLD
Rottnest Island WA