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

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