New Crooked Fingers – “Phony Revolutions”

brandon | September 11, 2008 - 9:55 am

Eric Bachmann’s a pretty reliable songwriter. Not everything he does is great, but between his early Archers Of Loaf days to Crooked Fingers — I never got that into Barry Black — he’s composed arresting, deeply felt, interestingly textured music and a good, Neil Diamond-esque Prince cover. The shift from Archers’ rambunctious indie rock to Crooked’s darker, masculine, poetic Americana was graceful, smart. Crooked Fingers are about to release album five Forfeit/Fortune, the first since 2005’s Dignity and Shame. In addition to Bachmann’s current backing band, he’s joined by Silver Jews’ drummer Brian Kotzur, DeVotchKa’s Tom Hagerman laid down strings, and Neko Case added vocals to the duet “Your Control.” On galloping album track “Phony Revolutions” he’s accompanied by horns, eerie vocal sampling, and a storyline that involves red lanterns, bamboo, and, right, a phony revolution.

Crooked Fingers – “Phony Revolutions” (MP3)

Can anyone translate? You can listen to the old hits over at Crooked Fingers’ Myspace.

Forfeit/Fortune is out 10/7 via Constant Artists. Bachmann & Co are supporting Okkervil River on some dates:

09/27 – Austin, TX @ Emo’s Outside $
09/30 – New Orleans, LA @ The Republic #
10/01 – Birmingham, AB @ Workplay, Birmingham #
10/02 – Athens, GA @ 40 Watt #
10/03 – Wilmington, NC @ Soapbox #
10/04 – Richmond, VA @ The National #
10/06 – New York, NY @ Webster Hall #
10/07 – New York, NY @ Webster Hall #
10/08 – Northampton, MA @ Pearl Street #
10/09 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Mr. Smalls #
10/10 – Buffalo, NY @ Tralf Music Hall #
10/11 – Montreal, QC @ Saints #
10/12 – Toronto, ON @ Phoenix #
10/14 – Chicago, IL @ Metro #
10/16 – St. Paul, MN @ Turf Club
10/17 – Omaha, NE @ The Waiting Room
10/19 – Denver, CO @ Bluebird Theater
11/06 – Salt Lake City, UT @ Urban Lounge
11/07 – Boise, ID @ Neurolux
11/08 – Seattle, WA @ Chop Suey
11/09 – Portland, OR @ Doug Fir Lounge
11/11 – San Francisco, CA @ Great American Music Hall
11/12 – Los Angeles, CA @ Troubadour
11/13 – San Diego, CA @ Casbah
11/14 – Tucson, AZ @ Plush

$ w/ Okkervil River and Man Man
# w/ Okkervil River

[Photo by Gary Isaacs]