March 31, 2005

Crooked Fingers Duets to Fans of All Ages

By Randy J. Klodz

Eric Bachmann, frontman of the Seattle-based eclectic rock band Crooked Fingers might be more known for his popular former indie-rock band Archers of Loaf, but Bachmann is drawing fans of all ages while out on tour with Crooked Fingers. Crooked Fingers is scheduled to come through Chicago when the band’s current tour stops at Abbey Pub on April 6.

Crooked Fingers, which currently tours as a 6-piece, also features, along with Bachmann, the peaceful singing voice of Lara Meyerratken. Upon the first listen to the single “Call to Love” from Crooked Fingers’ most recent album “Dignity and Shame,” which was released on Feb. 22, it’s easy to pick up on the dual vocals of Bachmann and Lara Meyerratken, a female voice that lends well to the band’s laid-back songs.

Though Meyerratken is not able to currently tour with Crooked Fingers, her touring stage spot is currently filled by a fellow female vocalist in Barbara Trentalange, which Bachmann said has fit nicely into the band’s set.

“The thing about Barbara, she’s great anyway, but she also plays flute so we have this nice trumpet flute attack,” Bachmann said with a laugh.

“I don’t know why they came out, but I just wrote a lot of duets for the new record,” he said. “It just seemed like the thing to do, and obviously Lara sang on the record but Barbara does a good job on tour. I don’t know what it is, or what it happens, but subconsciously, it’s nice for me because I get to sing with pretty girls.”

Bachmann admits that “Dignity and Shame” may be a look in a separate musical direction, with its mellow tone and its decidedly upbeat lyrics, but something must be working as he said that he’s starting to notice a diverse crowd attending Crooked Finger concerts.

“Yesterday we played in Chapel Hill and in the front row there was like a 60-year-old man, a 50-year-old man, a 40-year-old man, a 20-year-old man, and an 8-year-old kid, it’s just kind of a weird thing, but it’s really good,” Bachman said with an appreciative laugh.

Mellow tracks such as “Destroyer,” “Sleep All Summer,” “You Must Build a Fire” as well as the raucous piano-charged “Wrecking Ball,” help build a firm base for “Dignity and Shame.”

Abbey Pub is at 3420 W. Grace St. Tickets for this 18+ show are listed for $12 in advance or $14 at the door with show time scheduled for 9 p.m. Micah P. Hinson is scheduled as support. For more information on Crooked Fingers log on to

Crooked Fingers Photo: c/o Nasty Little Man