Following the Archers' demise in 1998, UNC alumnus Bachmann began again with a fresh approach, this time as the only regular member of Crooked Fingers. He released his first album under the new moniker in January, and hasn't looked back since.
Critics who praised Crooked Fingers were shocked, along with fans, at the great difference between the Archers and Bachmann's new material. Violins, so prevalent on his new album, would never have existed in an Archers world, and one would be hard-pressed to find an electric guitar of old.
The novelty of loud guitars has worn away, particularly for Bachmann. "It wasn't the songs that got old, it was the loud guitars and drums," Bachmann said. "With the new thing, I wanted to make sure I didn't play the songs the same way every night, make sure the song doesn't get stale."
For this reason, as well as his throaty, barroom delivery and sharply drawn images, Crooked Fingers has drawn more comparisons to Nick Drake and Tom Waits than to the Archers.
"The biggest difference (from the Archers) is the process of it," Bachmann said.