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Crooked Fingers

Crooked Fingers was the solo project of singer/guitarist Eric Bachmann, best known as the longtime frontman for North Carolina indie rock institution Archers of Loaf. A onetime saxophone major at Appalachian State University, he co-founded the Archers in Chapel Hill in late 1991; quickly emerging as a major local favorite, the band's off-kilter noise pop broke through on national college radio two years later with the release of the single "Web in Front," followed by a series of acclaimed LPs including 1994's Icky Mettle and 1996's All the Nation's Airports. In 1995, Bachmann also teamed with producer Caleb Southern to form the instrumental project Barry Black, debuting with a self-titled LP on Alias; Tragic Animal Stories followed two years later. In the wake of Archers of Loaf's 1998 dissolution, Bachmann founded Crooked Fingers, debuting in early 2000 with a self-titled album issued on the WARM label. A collection of original songs, Bring on the Snakes, followed in 2001, but only one year later a cover EP featuring songs by Neil Diamond and Queen came out on Merge Records. Entitled Reservoir Songs, this was his debut for the label. The next year, Red Devil Dawn furthered his vision, allowing elements like horns and strings to creep into his melancholy indie pop. In 2005 Bachmann penned Dignity and Shame, a loosely tied conceptual piece based on the life of legendary bullfighter Manolete and his lover, Spanish actress Lope Sino. In 2006, going by his surname, Bachmann joined Saddle Creek and released To the Races, a minimal acoustic-based record. After reverting back to the pseudonym Crooked Fingers in 2008, Forfeit/Fortune was released for Red Pig/Constant Artists, Inc. and distributed exclusively at 20 North American independent record stores, handpicked by Bachmann himself. Bachmann spent some of 2011 playing reunion shows with Archers of Loaf, but found the time to work on new material for Crooked Fingers, releasing Breaks in the Armor through Merge Records later that year. ~ Jason Ankeny
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Crooked Fingers

Top Songs by
Crooked Fingers

  1.   Song
  2.   Islero
  3.   Call To Love
  4.   New Drink for the Old Drunk
  5.   Don't Say a Word
  6.   Broken Man
  7.   There's a Blue Light
  8.   The River
  9.   Sweet Marie
  10.   She Tows the Line
  11.   Pigeon Kicker
  12.   Hurricane
  13.   Carrion Doves
  14.   Atchafalayan Death Waltz
  15.   Sad Love
  16.   Bad Man Coming
  17.   You Threw a Spark
  18.   Red Devil Dawn
  19.   Our New Favorite
  20.   Angelina
  21.   Under Pressure
  22.   Boy With (100) Hands
  23.   Black Candles
  24.   The Hatchet
  25.   A Little Bleeding
  26.   Coldways
  27.   When U Were Mine
  28.   Here Comes the Snakes
  29.   Weary Arms
  30.   Bad Blood
  31.   Devils Train
  32.   The Rotting Strip
  33.   Valerie
  34.   Sunday Morning Coming Down
  35.   La Maleta Fea
  36.   Andalucia
  37.   Ship to Spain
  38.   Every Dull Moment
  39.   You Must Build A Fire
  40.   Heavy Hours
  41.   Man Who Died of Nothing at All
  42.   Surrender Is Treason
  43.   Under Sad Stars
  44.   Doctors of Deliverance
  45.   War Horses
  46.   Twilight Creeps
  47.   Juliette
  48.   The Counterfeiter
  49.   Destroyer
  50.   Crowned in Chrome
  51.   You Can Never Leave
  52.   Black Black Ocean
  53.   Solitary Man
  54.   Disappear
  55.   Big Darkness
  56.   Your Apocalypse
  57.   Sleep All Summer
  58.   Wrecking Ball
  59.   She Spread Her Legs and Flew Away
  60.   Went to the City
  61.   Dignity And Shame
  62.   Typhoon

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