Freddy Crabs from Sticky Fingers tells us about his Bay Dreams…

PHOTO SAM BRUMBY

We caught up with Freddy Crabs from Sticky Fingers, who is pretty darned excited to be playing at the sold out BAY DREAMS, at the ASB Baypark on 2 January.

HAVE YOU BEEN TO THE MOUNT BEFORE?

I haven’t, but I’m sure it’s nothing but breathtaking. Can’t wait to check it.

WHAT HAVE YOU BEEN UP TO THIS YEAR?

We started off recording our third album, Westway, in Pattaya, Thailand. It’s a place where you’ll spot a lot of fat, old, seedy white men looking for a good time. We were the exception. recording in Karma Studios, which was one of the most luxurious experiences of our lives. It was a fortress attached to a studio that felt like the Big Brother house. We had a pool, ping-pong table, pool table, maids serving us three meals a day, and a large fridge constantly replenished with beers. It was surprising we got anything done but we managed to record what we think is our best album yet! Since then we’ve been
doing a bunch of crazy-ass shows round the world and loving every minute of it.

WHERE ARE THE LIVELIEST AUDIENCES AROUND THE WORLD?

Since recording the album, we’ve been to America twice, Canada, Europe and we are finishing off our second Oz round so it’s been a roller-coaster ride. The crowds everywhere have been building and it’s all still really surreal for us. We played a show in Melbourne earlier this year at a venue called The Forum. Diz crowd surfed during one of our tracks, Just For You, and when he made it back on stage, he was pantless. He hadn’t worn any undies so he had to cover himself up backstage. I guess the audience just wanted to see it all.

WHO ARE YOU LOOKING FORWARD TO SEEING AT BAY DREAMS?

We’ve grown up listening to Katchafire and Kora, so it’ll be cool to check them. They’re kings of their craft and lovely blokes too. Peking Duk are good pals of ours and always enjoy a party. Last time we played with them in New Zealand, Paddy threw their cheese platter into the crowd during their set. It was dope Kiwi cheese as well. What a waste.

ANY NEW YEAR’S RESOLUTIONS?

Our faces are all starting to look a little colourless, like a raw onion left on the kitchen sink for a few days. Maybe we can just try and earn enough cash to get some plastic surgery and keep the hair intact to the grave. Kind of what Rod Stewart’s going for.

WHAT ARE YOUR AMBITIONS FOR 2017?

Go to South America. We got a video sent to us from a Brazilian who covered Australia Street live at a festival somewhere in Brazil. They played the song better than we do and the whole crowd sang all the words. Watching that made me think, ‘Fuck, we really are connecting with people across the world.’ It’s a dope feeling and it makes us realise that we’re not complete pieces of shit.