While the work resembles the 'folk' of traditional instruments and styles, it is punk in the sense of home made, uncompromising and free from commercial ambition. With voices blended in close harmonies, this post-punk alt-folk duo plays all original material on the gorgeous twangling strings of Apalacian mountain dulcimers, cello and guitar. Harking back to something Alan Lomax might have captured, or the deadpan experiments of the Velvet Underground, their stark, ironic and soulful music goes back to the beginning - song, strings, melody and meaning.
Geoffrey Datson was a member of the 70s punk surf band, Surfside Six, and then Samurai Trash - one of the first OZ bands signed to Virgin in the 80s. In 2000 he formed Stickylabel with artistic collaborator and co-writer Annette Hughes, producing audio poetry and music on a range of Datson's own hand made instruments. Annette Hughes is a songwriter, author and event manager who practices across a range of disciplines. She also manages Stickylabel and Masterpiece Records and is produciton manager of The Green Room Studio.