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

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