Opening the iTunes Store.If iTunes doesn't open, click the iTunes application icon in your Dock or on your Windows desktop.Progress Indicator
Opening the iBooks Store.If iBooks doesn't open, click the iBooks app in your Dock.Progress Indicator

iTunes is the world's easiest way to organize and add to your digital media collection.

We are unable to find iTunes on your computer. To preview and buy music from Red Devil Dawn by Crooked Fingers, download iTunes now.

Already have iTunes? Click I Have iTunes to open it now.

I Have iTunes Free Download
iTunes for Mac + PC

Red Devil Dawn

Open iTunes to preview, buy, and download music.

Album Review

Like a Tom Waits prodigy, Eric Bachmann employs his hopeful rasp on Red Devil Dawn creating a sweet mix of Americana, heartland melancholy and an essentially optimistic outlook. Red Devil Dawn is a welcome masterpiece of emotional subtleties — the great record that Crooked Fingers missed the mark on with 2001's drunken, bluesy and somewhat disappointing Bring On the Snakes. "Big Darkness" jangles along, looking for "a hero coming soon." "You Can Never Leave" moans like something off of Heartattack and Vine or Springsteen's absolutely perfect Nebraska. And speaking of Nebraska, the hauntingly spare "Bad Man Coming" could have easily fit between "Johnny 99" and "Highway Patrolman" on that record — had this song come out in 1981, a 32 year old Springsteen may have covered it as readily as Waits' "Jersey Girl"." The best track on Red Devil Dawn has to be "You Through a Spark," an exhilarating and joyful swirl of horns, guitar and raw feelings, and something closest to Waits' Rain Dogs on a manic binge. In the end, Red Devil Dawn is simply a beautiful album, and the first truly great release of 2003.

Customer Reviews

Ideal introduction...

This might be the ideal album to start with if you've never tried Crooked Fingers before, most open and accessible of a uniformly impressive body of work. "Big Darkness" is a glorious opener and a perfect sample of this record's attitude, bright and cathartic with relief from the sorrow of the debut album. The collection is a perfect yin/yang of tempo and reflection for an afternoon of getting things done around the house. (Tracks 1,3,5,7,8 are upbeat - check out "You Can Never Leave." 2,4,6,9,10 more somber - try "Disappear" or the exceptional closer "Carrion Doves.") Of all the Crooked Fingers albums, this is the one that I would give as a gift, to anyone I know, regardless of their taste, and expect them to enjoy it.

amazing record

While this record has been tragically overlooked and underrated, it is no less of a masterpiece than neutral milk hotel's "in the aeroplane over the sea" or wilco's "being there". it is song after song of thought provoking lyrics and music that simply washes over the listener. when I first heard it I thought it sounded like neil diamond fronting a mariachi band on acid, and to be honest it still kind of sounds that way to me. now whether or not that's a bad thing is up to you, I suppose. for me, nothing else has ever touched what this album does.


Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '00s, '10s

Crooked Fingers was the solo project of singer/guitarist Eric Bachmann, best known as the longtime frontman for North Carolina indie rock institution Archers of Loaf. A onetime saxophone major at Appalachian State University, he co-founded the Archers in Chapel Hill in late 1991; quickly emerging as a major local favorite, the band's off-kilter noise pop broke through on national college radio two years later with the release of the single "Web in Front," followed by a series of acclaimed LPs including...
Full Bio
Red Devil Dawn, Crooked Fingers
View in iTunes

Customer Ratings