Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes are a band that I’ve been following since their second album Modern Ruin was released. They’re back with a new album titled Sticky and I found myself very pleased with the result – it’s a little softer than their earlier releases and quite different to Frank’s work with Gallows but I still loved the songs here, and it’s great to hear the band changing and evolving their sound.
By Jane Howkins
One of the things I love about The Rattlesnakes’ work is that they managed to combine catchy melodies and interesting guitar riffs with a heavy punk sound. The guitar licks are always interesting and Dean Richardson’s guitar playing is no different here – the production also sounds fantastic, giving the songs a really crunchy and clean feel (although it never sounds too clean).
Opener and title track Sticky displays this more catchy sound, combining groovy melodies and Frank’s frenetic singing together to make something that sounds simply fantastic to listen to. It has a really anthemic feel to it and the industrial effects created by the keyboards was also a nice surprise. Cupid’s Arrow was one of my favourite songs on the album, with the verses having something of a spooky, post-punk sound to them, made up by the interesting bass line.
Bang Bang is slightly heavier than some of the other songs, seeing Frank screaming the lyrics along in style to Dean’s menacing guitar melodies. Take It To The Brink is along the same lines, although it has a slightly softer feel to it. My Town was the first single released from the album and features Joe Talbot from Idles, seeing the band collaborate for the first time in their history.
Some of the songs have a little less variety than I would have liked but that’s likely because the standard of Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes’ previous work has been so fantastic Sticky is definitely an album that grows on you after multiple listens and it’s another fantastic addition to The Rattlesnakes’ back catalogue, so make sure you check it out if you’re a fan of punk music in general!