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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

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Albums by
Crooked Fingers

Top Songs by
Crooked Fingers

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

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