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

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