Published Jan 20, 2016We'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.
1. Belong to You
3. Master of the Deal
4. Modern Drugs
6. Separation Fright
7. Small Talk
9. The Old Temptation
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