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Music: Crooked Fingers

Nov. 10 • MOTR Pub

By Jason Gargano · November 8th, 2011 · CityBeat Recommends
After a short-lived hiatus that was intended to be a retirement from music (he apparently moved to Taipei to teach English), Eric Bachman is a busy guy again. Besides the resurrection of his beloved 1990s Indie Rock outfit Archers of Loaf — which recently wrapped up a tour behind the reissue of its debut album Icky Mettle — Bachman has also revived his post-AoL band Crooked Fingers, a more straightforward sonic endeavor that centers on the big guy’s evocative lyrics and feeling-infused baritone (think a less affected Tom Waits).

CF’s latest effort, Breaks in the Armor, its fifth full-length release since 2000, is stripped down and concise, striking deep via songs like “Heavy Hours,” a slow-burn heartbreaker featuring organ, acoustic guitar and subtle rhythms that opens with the rueful lyric, “Outside your window/I waited for you/You didn’t come/You never do.” Album closer “Our New Favorite” is just as moving, wrapping up the 11-song set with an elusive tale about “a scam of scandals housed in empty contraband.” Befitting such intimate songs, Bachman and Co. stop by the cozy confines of MOTR Pub Thursday with Strand of Oaks.



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