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

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