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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

Top Songs by
Crooked Fingers

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

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