Crooked Fingers: “She Tows the Line”
At what point does a “solo project” just become the project? For Eric Bachmann and his sometimes pseudonym Crooked Fingers it might be now.
Bachmann was the frontman for ’90s college-rock favorites Archers of Loaf. The Archers took a 13-year break in 1998, and reunited for a tour this year. But in the interim, Bachmann formed Crooked Fingers in 2000. The band is a far cry from the jagged noise-pop of the Archers of Loaf. Crooked Fingers takes a stripped-down approach on records like 2003’s sparse, beautiful Red Devil Dawn.
Last week Bachmann released his sixth record under the Crooked Fingers moniker Breaks in the Armor, and today’s song of the day “She Tows the Line” is one of its best tracks. The song builds with a quiet intensity before Bachmann gently lets us down again. He delivers his lyrics like some long, lost Irish ballad, but adds just enough noise to remind us who he is. Because even if the Archers do twenty more reunion tours, Crooked Fingers is his band now.