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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.   Run, Lieutenant, Run
  6.   Pigeon Kicker
  7.   Black Black Ocean
  8.   Man Who Died of Nothing at All
  9.   Boy With (100) Hands
  10.   Sleep All Summer
  11.   Give and Be Taken
  12.   There's a Blue Light
  13.   The River
  14.   Bad Blood
  15.   Carrion Doves
  16.   Andalucia
  17.   You Threw a Spark
  18.   Typhoon
  19.   Ship to Spain
  20.   Wrecking Ball
  21.   Don't Say a Word
  22.   Angelina
  23.   The Rotting Strip
  24.   Sinisteria
  25.   Crowned in Chrome
  26.   Atchafalayan Death Waltz
  27.   Every Dull Moment
  28.   Broken Man
  29.   Luisa's Bones
  30.   Big Darkness
  31.   Sunday Morning Coming Down
  32.   Your Apocalypse
  33.   Cannibals
  34.   Weary Arms
  35.   Under Sad Stars
  36.   What Never Comes
  37.   ¡No Me lo Des!
  38.   Here Comes the Snakes
  39.   Disappear
  40.   Doctors of Deliverance
  41.   Phony Revolutions
  42.   Hurricane
  43.   Destroyer
  44.   Your Control
  45.   Under Pressure
  46.   A Little Bleeding
  47.   You Must Build A Fire
  48.   Solitary Man
  49.   War Horses
  50.   Heavy Hours
  51.   La Maleta Fea
  52.   When U Were Mine
  53.   The Hatchet
  54.   Devils Train
  55.   Went to the City
  56.   You Can Never Leave
  57.   Sad Love
  58.   Twilight Creeps
  59.   Sweet Marie
  60.   Valerie
  61.   Juliette
  62.   Dignity And Shame
  63.   Surrender Is Treason
  64.   Our New Favorite
  65.   Coldways
  66.   She Spread Her Legs and Flew Away
  67.   Modern Dislocation
  68.   Red Devil Dawn
  69.   Here Come the Snakes
  70.   Let's Not Pretend (To Be New Men)
  71.   Bad Man Coming
  72.   The Counterfeiter
  73.   Black Candles
  74.   She Tows the Line
  75.   Mansion on the Hill
  76.   Bonus Material
  77.   Long Black Veil
  78.   Tractor Rape Chain

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