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

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