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Sticky Fingers on indefinite hiatus after frontman accused of racial abuse

Sydney Morning Herald logoSydney Morning Herald 6/12/2016 Ebony Bowden

Sticky Fingers frontman Dylan Frost has revealed he is struggling with alcohol addition and bipolar schizophrenia. © Mark Metcalfe Sticky Fingers frontman Dylan Frost has revealed he is struggling with alcohol addition and bipolar schizophrenia. Australian indie band Sticky Fingers are on indefinite hiatus after frontman Dylan Frost was accused of physically threatening indigenous singer, Thelma Plum.

In a Facebook post on Monday night, the ARIA-nominated group from Sydney said they were going on indefinite hiatus and had been dealing with internal issues in the band for some time, which had "heightened to the point where it's not fair to anyone involved for us not to do something".

Singer-songwriter Thelma Plum accused Dylan Frost of being violent toward her in a since-deleted Facebook post reported by website Music Feeds.

Plum said she had "never felt so unsafe" after an alleged run-in with Frost at a Sydney pub on Friday night in which he reportedly spat on her.

"I 100 per cent thought I was going to be punched in the face but luckily each time he swung his friend was standing in the middle. I have now gotten to the point where I fail to understand why people make excuses for him."

Thelma Plum, performing here in October, accused Dylan Frost of spitting on her and trying to punch her. © Adam McLean Thelma Plum, performing here in October, accused Dylan Frost of spitting on her and trying to punch her. On Monday night Frost revealed he had been struggling with alcohol addition and was last year reportedly diagnosed with bipolar schizophrenia.

"I am realising now a lot of people around me have been hurt by my behaviour and for that I am incredibly sorry," he wrote on the band's official page. "I have not sought to target individuals or groups. All people around me have been affected by my behaviour during these episodes."

In her post, Thelma Plum also referenced an incident involving Frost at a gig for Indigenous metal band Dispossessed in July.

Dispossessed guitarist Birrugan Dunn-Velasco accused Frost of shouting racist taunts at the group as they spoke about the abuse of children at the Don Dale detention centre.

"I am not a monkey to play on command and we walked off stage when the lead singer of Sticky Fingers among many others began grossly shirt fronting us yelling that we are the ones not listening," he wrote on Facebook in July.

In an interview with website The Music in August, Sticky Fingers' members denied the allegations, calling it a "massive understanding".

"There were a few words being thrown around the room. Dylan yelled out 'f--- Pauline Hanson' and he's admitted that it was like not really his place to yell out something and he's apologised for it," bassist Paddy Cornwall said.

Sticky Fingers will finish their 2016 shows before going on "indefinite hiatus". © Cole Bennetts Sticky Fingers will finish their 2016 shows before going on "indefinite hiatus". On Monday night, Frost announced he would be attending rehabilitation and seeking therapy.

"In recent times my behaviour for a large part has been unacceptable - I'm writing here and now with a heavy heart admitting this, and wish I had faced my issues earlier."

The group will play their booked sets at summer festivals such as Southbound, Beyond The Valley and Lost Paradise before reassessing in 2017, according to the ABC.

In a statement, Thelma Plum's management distanced the singer-songwriter from the band's internal issues.

"This was always going to happen and it's a shame that Thelma has been drawn into what seems to have something that has been a long time coming."

"Taking responsibility for ones actions had to happen, it's up to them as a band and people to work towards a solution and Thelma won't put any more emotional labor into this.

"Thelma wishes Dylan the best with his recovery and getting the help he needs."

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