Crooked Fingers is the name of Eric Bachmann’s (Headed up Archers Of Loaf in the 90s) solo project that, over the years, has gone from being a “solo” band to a “band” band. While Bachmann totally that gravely voice his music has a slightly different feel to it than you would expect. He has a way with turning bad relationships n2 epics.
Our favorite album in the Crooked Fingers discography is Red Devil Dawn but last year’s Breaks In The Armor is beginning to rise on that list. We’ve got “Typhoon” from said album below.
Here’s a few words from Merge Records about the album:
“Eric Bachmann lives in Athens, Georgia, these days, where he recorded Breaks in the Armor at The Bakery with Matt Yelton (live sound engineer for the Pixies) throughout the winter of 2010/2011, enlisting the help of Liz Durrett on backing vocals. It’s a cohesive and diverse set of songs with less adorned and more direct and affecting arrangements. Beautifully understated, artfully phrased, and ultimately a paean to perseverance, the album seems to suggest that the breaks in the armor are more important than the armor itself.
“You come and go alone / You don’t stand a chance”
That’s from the track “Went to the City” from Breaks in the Armor, and though, short of directly asking him (which, in narrowing the possibilities, would sort of ruin the fun), there’s really, and happily, no telling what the precise, intended meaning of that line is, it does get at what Bachmann found missing and has rediscovered.”