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
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
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, Rovi