Crooked Fingers are Eric Bachmann’s post-Archers Of Loaf project. Here Come The Snakes was their second album. It is issued on vinyl for the first time with extra tracks and liner notes by The National’s Matt Berninger and you can see how Bachmann’s songs have influenced Berninger’s work. Vinyl LP on Merge Records.
9/10 The Doc Customer review, 19th February 2016
Those only familiar with Eric Bachmann's work as frontman of 90s noiseniks Archers Of Loaf will probably be surpirsed to find that in the early part of the next century he carved himself out a niche as a country-blues troubador in the mould of Kris Kristofferson or Neil Diamond, both of whom he covered to marvellous effect on the Reservoir Songs EP. This is is second album under the Crooked Fingers monikor, originally released back in 2001 and it's probably his best work under the name, although those in the know will point to the majestic To the Races as being the best record of his post-Archers output. To get back to this one, it's a beguilling mix of boozy Americana and a sly kind of folktronica, with lyrics as downbeat as the song titles would suggest. Opening track The Rotting Strip is a real highlight, a paen to a chemical romance gone wrong ("We crossed our heart half-hoping/that we could both quit smoking/and kick the booze and blow/and one day go make something of ourselves....."), while Sad Love and Here Come the Snakes are both worth the sticker price alone. It's a good introduction to his solo work for those who aren't familiar with it, and for those of us who've been smitten for years, it's marvellous to see it pressed on vinyl at last.
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