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

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