Archers of Loaf's Eric Bachmann Preps New Solo Album

Archers of Loaf's Eric Bachmann Preps New Solo Album
We're just a week away from Merge Records' re-releasing the first two Crooked Fingers albums, but there's apparently more Eric Bachmann music on the way this year. The Archers of Loaf frontman is due to release a solo album in March, also through Merge.

The self-titled set lands March 25, with a press release explaining that Bachmann's next full-length set under his own name signals the end of his long-running Crooked Fingers project. Prior to this, he'd also issued 2002's Short Careers and 2006's To the Races as Eric Bachmann.

The upcoming nine-song release is being described as featuring some of the "rawest, most honest work" of Bachmann's career, with the record reportedly including a series of "direct challenges" to "social injustice... precarious love, and frequently to Southern hypocrisy."

Eric Bachmann was recorded in Asheville, NC, with the sessions finding the singer-songwriter surrounded by musicians including Jeremy Wheatley, Matthew Nelson, Jon Rauhouse, Tracey Wolf, Samara Waller, Wade Rittenberry, and Liz Durrett.

Down below, you'll find a stream of doo-wop-dappled first single "Mercy," as well as Eric Bachmann's tracklisting and info on a handful of upcoming solo shows.

As previously reported, Merge is giving Crooked Fingers' self-titled set from 2000 and 2001's Bring on the Snakes their first-ever vinyl pressings. The records are set to arrive on January 29.

Eric Bachmann:

1. Belong to You
2. Mercy
3. Master of the Deal
4. Modern Drugs
5. Dreaming
6. Separation Fright
7. Small Talk
8. Carolina
9. The Old Temptation

Tour dates:

04/15 Arlington, VA - Iota
04/16 Carrboro, NC - Cat's Cradle
04/17 Asheville, NC - The Mothlight
04/19 Portsmouth, NH - The Music Hall
04/20 Pawtucket, RI - The Met Cafe
04/21 Cambridge, MA - Lizard Lounge
04/22 Philadelphia, PA - Johnny Brenda's
04/23 Brooklyn, NY - Bell House
05/06 Grand Rapids, MI - Pyramid Scheme
05/07 Chicago, IL - Schubas
05/20 Seattle, WA - Sunset Tavern
05/21 Portland, OR - Mississippi Studios
06/03 San Francisco, CA - The Chapel
06/04 Los Angeles, CA - The Bootleg
06/06 San Diego, CA - The Soda Bar