Sticky sees The Rattlesnakes cover and explore various topics, with second track Cupid’s Arrow the band detail the difficulties that come with the anxiety that is induced by social media, and how it takes a hold in the middle of a date. Strong storytelling is displayed throughout the album, yet onCupid’s Arrow is where it is spotlighted most.
Bang Bang follows, the first of two tracks on Sticky that feature collaborations with gender-bending, South London artist and performer Lynks. Sticky is Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes first album in which they are collaborating with other artists, and it has certainly paid off for them. Bang Bang is written about the stereotypical British way of losing ourselves in old-fashioned hedonisms such as drugs and alcohol, and how they can then turn us into horrible people.
My Town is the second collaboration on the album, seeing The Rattlesnakes join forces with IDLES’ Joe Talbot. Effective with its message, My Town sees Frank Carter and Joe Talbot wear their hearts on their sleeves, as they bond over the shared fear of not feeling as if they are able to share their feelings.
The second collaboration with Lynks and Sticky’s third single, Go Get A Tattoo, is a personal track which sees Carter speak fondly of his love of tattooing. The instrumentation displayed here builds to present a bright, chaotic number which is destined to be an anthem for those who had missed the feeling of a tattoo needle over the past year.
Cobra Queen is poetic and punchy, written about the feelings you get when you finally realise youve found your soulmate. Holding the signature groove that The Rattlesnakes’ basslines are notorious for and combining that with a modern glitch to create one of Sticky’s standout tracks.
The album closes on a softer, gentler note, with the duos collaboration with Bobby Gillespie, Original Sin. Within the track, Carter discusses the tribulations of resisting desire before Gillespie’s seductive vocals join in at the midway point. Original Sin serves as a perfect closer for the album, featuring peaceful synths with heavy guitar work to close off a riotous album.
Sticky is a triumph for Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes, seeing them position themselves as one of the most exciting bands the UK has to offer. Seeing the duo expand both lyrically and instrumentally, Sticky sees the band keep up with tradition whilst proving themselves to be evolving musicians with new found modernity.
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