Feeding Fingers Live in Rome, Italy - 2014
|Origin||Atlanta, Georgia, U.S.|
|Genres||Post-punk, indie rock, dark wave, gothic rock|
|Labels||Tephramedia, formerly Stickfigure Records|
|Associated acts||Justin Curfman
|Past members||Kris Anderson (2009-2010)
Todd Caras (2006-2009)
Feeding Fingers is a music trio founded by award-winning multimedia artist, musician, author, animator and artist, Justin Curfman. The band was founded in 2006 in Atlanta, Georgia, but has since relocated to Germany.
Feeding Fingers' history begins in Atlanta, Georgia in 2005. Justin Curfman began pre-production on his first feature length film, TICKS. Curfman found nearly twenty pieces of complimentary music in his sketchbooks, cassette-tapes and hard-drives spanning nearly ten years that he considered for his film. However, Curfman later decided he wanted to start from scratch and locked away these pieces of music indefinitely. Later, he purchased a home which had a large performance/studio space spanning the entire lower level of the house. Feeling a need to use the empty space and tempted to bring back his older songs and rework into live performance pieces, Curfman decided to form a band. He submitted advertisements in music papers, internet networking sites (like MySpace) seeking for a bass player and a drummer interested in playing in a group similar to Joy Division, Cocteau Twins and Echo and the Bunnymen. Todd Caras (bassist) was the first phone call Curfman received. And after a dozen more phone calls, Feeding Fingers found its drummer with Danny Hunt.
The band took their band name from one of their songs' titles, "Feeding Fingers" (which was inspired by a dream where Curfman witnessed girls standing in a single-file waiting to put their fingers into small holes drilled into white walls in a white room, where behind the walls, men would wait to eat the girls' fingers.)
Wound In Wall (2007)
The group released their first full-length album Wound in Wall in 2007 as a joint effort between Stickfigure Records, and Justin Curfman's media company, Tephramedia. The album was well received and drew comparisons to the earlier works of The Cure, Joy Division, Echo & the Bunnymen, Siouxsie and the Banshees and Cocteau Twins. Because of these comparisons and acceptance of post-punk and the Gothic subculture in the Eastern world, the band's most prominent audience was in Middle / Eastern European countries.
Since the release of Wound In Wall, Feeding Fingers has consistently performed live in the USA and Europe and has appeared on several radio broadcasts (including two live shows on National Public Radio) and in entertainment and arts magazines, weeklies, and newspapers.
A music video for "Fireflies Make Us Sick," a track off the Wound In Wall album, was completed in 2010 (3 years after the album was released and a year after their second album was released). The music video was directed by award-winning digital artist, Steven Lapcevic. The video premiered at Ultra Music Festival in 2010.
A music video for the song, "Manufactured Missing Children" ( directed by Danish video artist, Daniel Dikov) was also released for the album.
Baby Teeth (2009)
Their second album, Baby Teeth, a more collaborative effort than being solely composed by Curfman, was released in the US in January 2009, and internationally in March 2009. This album was a joint-effort between Stickfigure Records and Tephramedia with co-operation for European distribution and promotional outlets, such as NetManagement Musik Verlag and PromoFabrik, based in Germany. This album reached No. 16 on the Global Gothic Chart and found a place on the Alternative Top 100 in Portugal. Baby Teeth was also ranked No. 4 on the Best of 2009 at Gothic Paradise. This album, unlike Wound In Wall, helped Feeding Fingers finally reach a US audience through college radio stations. Despite the acclaim, Justin Curfman mentions in a 2010 interview that Baby Teeth was "very dense and bleak and just filled with confusion," and plainly refuses to ever repeat anything like it again.
During this time Feeding Fingers began touring the USA very heavily, including dates in New York and playing with internationally established acts, such as IAMX (led by Chris Corner, formerly of Sneaker Pimps) and others.
Detach Me From My Head (2010)
In later half of 2009, Curfman announced the production of the band's third album nearing completion. The title track of the album, "Detach Me From My Head" and the song, "I Am A Brutal Little Boy" appeared online and as well in the band's live playlist in Europe (debuting in Bucharest, Romania).
Curfman relocated to Germany shortly afterward in 2010.
Anything But Water, the band's first live album, was digitally released on May 19, 2010. The band's third album, titled, Detach Me From My Head was released exclusively through Curfman's own media label, Tephramedia, on September 28, 2010. This critically acclaimed album was co-produced by Coyote J and David I. Nunez.
In Winter 2011, Curfman resurfaced in the USA to lead Feeding Fingers on a short East Coast tour to support the release of Detach Me From My Head with a new bass player in toll; Bradley Claborn. The trio played a short burst of successful shows, including, most notably, a show in New York City, supporting David J, former bassist for Bauhaus and Love & Rockets.
Maxi Singles era (2012)
Long-time collaborator/producer David Israel Nunez posted on Feeding Fingers' blog regarding the unique distribution attempt regarding the upcoming album. Rather than release a full album, the band will issue maxi singles in a serialized fashion. These singles will include the usual order of a-side and one or two b-sides.
On January 24, 2012, the first single, "Where the Threads are the Thinnest" was released with b-sides of "My Imagined House" (ukulele and voice version) and "Manufactured Missing Children" (piano and cello version).
On March 27, 2012, the second single, "Inside the Body of an Animal" was released with b-side of "Where Mimes Come to Say Goodbye" (solo piano rendition).
The Occupant (2013)
From the spring of 2010 in Cologne, Germany, Curfman began production on what was to become Feeding Fingers’ fourth, full-length album release, “The Occupant”. Production on the album then moved east with Curfman into Ingolstadt (birthplace of The Illuminati and Dr. Frankenstein’s Monster) in 2011 – then, finally settling in Salzburg, Austria (that picturesque city and home of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart) from early 2012 through the winter of 2013, where the album was completed inside the halls of the University of Salzburg Mozarteum and the Salzburg Musikum with support from listeners through a successful Kickstarter campaign and from the group’s long-time management and production partners, David I. Nunez (Tephramedia) and legendary radio personality, James “Coyote J.” Battan.
“My intention with The Occupant is to expand the musical vocabulary of the group as much as I am able to at this point in my development as an artist and to attempt to stray away from at least some of the conventional trappings that our listeners have come to expect from a Feeding Fingers release, but hopefully doing so in a more natural and non-deliberate manner. No pushing. No shoving. We have all seen time and time again throughout history what happens when an artist starts to bully his or her own work into being something that it simply should not be - failure is more often than not the result. I have tried my best here not to antagonize my own creativity too much with this recording. This is partially why, I believe, that it has taken three years for this album to show itself to me.”
Throughout the production of “The Occupant”, Curfman enlisted assistance not only from his band, but from the Salzburg Boys Choir, a Serbian female violinist, a Cuban female cellist and an American electronic musician – all of which appearing on the album. Additionally, in an effort to “expand the musical vocabulary of the group”, Curfman strayed away from Feeding Fingers’ more familiar guitar, drum and bass-driven pieces (though not entirely) in favor of composing music on a theremin, kalimbas, glockenspiels, a ukulele, an array of pianos and a hand-cranked, punch-card music box. Curfman has also expanded not only the group’s vocabulary, but the group’s language itself with the inclusion of the opening track on the album, “Eine Einladung in Ihr Gesicht mit Liebe geschnitzt” – a song written by Curfman, entirely in German and performed by a soloist member of the Salzburg Boys Choir.
“The Occupant” was released digitally on Tuesday, January 29, 2013 exclusively at FeedingFingers.com along with the release of the first official music video for the album, “I Am No One That I Know”. Worldwide, digital retail release via iTunes, Amazon, etc. followed Thursday, January 31, 2013. The physical CD release street date will be announced in February, 2013.
Feeding Fingers completed their second tour of Europe in April, 2014, including dates in Italy, Austria, Holland, Poland (with Ausgang), Germany and the UK, including an appearance at the bi-annual Whitby Goth Weekend in North Yorkshire, England.
The group is currently working on their 5th studio album in Germany & Austria and planning another tour of North America, which is expected to begin in October, 2014 with a new, un-named fourth member in tow.
- Anything But Water (2010)
- "Where the Threads are the Thinnest" (2012)
- "Inside the Body of an Animal" (2012)
- Waltz No. 2 for Music Box (2011)
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