Feeding Fingers

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Feeding Fingers
Press photo of Feeding Fingers (2015). Photo: Steven Lapcevic.
Background information
Origin Atlanta, Georgia, U.S.
Genres Post-punk, indie rock, dark wave, gothic rock
Years active 2005–present
Labels Tephramedia, Stickfigure Records, Sounds for Sure
Associated acts Justin Curfman
Website http://www.feedingfingers.net
Members Justin Curfman
Johnny Dema
Marco Esposito
Elio Severino
Past members Todd Caras (2006-2009)
Daniel Hunt (2006-2014)
Kris Anderson (2009-2010)
Bradley Claborn (2010-2014)

Feeding Fingers is a rock band founded by artist Justin Curfman in 2006 in Atlanta, Georgia. They later relocated to Europe in 2010. As its principal songwriter, instrumentalist, singer and engineer, Curfman is the only constant member of the group.

History[edit]

Formation (2006)[edit]

Feeding Fingers' history began in Atlanta in 2005, as Curfman began pre-production on what was expected to be his first feature-length stop-motion animated film, TICKS, which was later abandoned. Curfman collected nearly 20 pieces of original music in his sketchbooks, cassette tapes, CDs and hard drives, spanning nearly 10 years, which he considered for use as a soundtrack to the film. However, Curfman instead decided that he wanted to start his film soundtrack from scratch, and briefly put away these pieces of music for possible use on a later project, which became Feeding Fingers.

Curfman purchased a home just outside Atlanta, which he used as a multimedia production space and ultimately as a rehearsal/recording studio. Here he further developed his musical pieces into works meant to be played by a trio. After satisfactory treatment of the music, Curfman formed the first incarnation of Feeding Fingers with bassist Todd Caras and drummer Daniel Hunt for live support.

The group took their name from one of their song titles, "Feeding Fingers", which was inspired by one of Curfman's dreams.

Wound in Wall (2007)[edit]

The group released their first full-length album, Wound in Wall, in 2007 as a joint effort between Stickfigure Records and Curfman's media company, Tephramedia.[1] The album was well received[2][3][4][5] and drew comparisons to the earlier works of post-punk groups such as The Cure, Joy Division, Echo & the Bunnymen, Siouxsie and the Banshees and Cocteau Twins.

Since the release of Wound in Wall, Feeding Fingers have regularly performed live in the U.S and Europe. They have also appeared on several radio broadcasts (including two live acoustic shows on NPR).[6]

A music video for "Fireflies Make Us Sick," a track from Wound in Wall, was completed in 2010 (three years after the album was released and a year after their second album was released). The music video was directed by award-winning artist, animator and longtime creative collaborator Steven Lapcevic.[7] The video premiered at Ultra Music Festival in 2010.[8]

A music video for the song "Manufactured Missing Children", directed by Danish video artist Daniel Dikov, was also released for the album.

'Wound in Wall' was reissued on vinyl in 2013 by Holy Hour/Plastic Frog Records with an accompanying 7" featuring previously unreleased material from the band.

Baby Teeth (2009)[edit]

Their second album, Baby Teeth was a more musically collaborative effort between Curfman, Caras and Hunt. It was released in the U.S. in January 2009, and internationally in March 2009, by Stickfigure and Tephramedia. The album reached No. 16 on the Global Gothic Chart[9] 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.[10] This album, unlike Wound in Wall, helped Feeding Fingers finally reach a U.S. audience through college radio stations.[11] Despite the acclaim, Curfman mentioned in a 2010 interview that Baby Teeth was "very dense and bleak and just filled with confusion".[12]

During this time, Feeding Fingers began touring the U.S. extensively, including dates in New York and opening slots with IAMX and others.

Detach Me From My Head (2010)[edit]

In the latter half of 2009, Curfman announced that the production of the band's third album was 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 later in the band's live setlist in Europe, debuting in Bucharest, Romania at Control Club during the band's first tour of Europe.

In March 2010, Feeding Fingers embarked on their first European tour, playing in the Netherlands, Romania, Poland and Italy, where they shared the bill with electropunk icons Nitzer Ebb.[13] Curfman relocated to Germany shortly afterward.

Anything But Water, the band's first live album, was released digitally on May 19, 2010. The band's third album, titled Detach Me From My Head, was released exclusively by Tephramedia on September 28, 2010. The critically acclaimed album was co-produced by James “Coyote J” Battan and David Israel Nunez.[14]

In the winter of 2011, Curfman led Feeding Fingers, with new bassist Bradley Claborn, on a short East Coast tour of the United States to promote the release of Detach Me From My Head, including a notable show in New York City supporting David J (former bassist for Bauhaus and Love & Rockets).

Maxi singles (2012)[edit]

In January 2012, producer Nunez posted on Feeding Fingers' blog regarding the unique distribution plan for the band's upcoming album. Rather than release a full album, the band would issue maxi singles in a serialized fashion, each including an A-side and one or two B-sides.[15]

On January 24, 2012, the first single, "Where the Threads Are the Thinnest", was released, with B-sides "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, backed by "Where Mimes Come to Say Goodbye" (solo piano rendition).[16]

The Occupant (2013)[edit]

In the spring of 2010, Curfman began production in Cologne, Germany on what was to become Feeding Fingers’ fourth full-length album, The Occupant. Production on the album moved east with Curfman into Ingolstadt (birthplace of the Illuminati secret society and the setting for the novel Frankenstein) in 2011, then finally settled in Salzburg, Austria (home of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart) from early 2012 through the winter of 2013. The album was completed inside the halls of the Mozarteum University of Salzburg and the Salzburg Musikum with support from listeners through a successful Kickstarter campaign and from the group’s management and production partners (Nunez, Battan, Dana Culling and Paul Burke).

Throughout the production of The Occupant, Curfman enlisted assistance not only from his band, but from the Salzburger Boys Choir, Serbian female violinist Maja Backovic and others.

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 not only expanded the group’s vocabulary, but the group’s language itself, with opening track “Eine Einladung in Ihr Gesicht mit Liebe geschnitzt”, a song written by Curfman entirely in German and performed by soloist Jonas Binder, a member of the Salzburger Boys Choir.

The Occupant was released digitally by Tephramedia on January 29, 2013 along with the release of the first official music video for the album, “I Am No One That I Know”. A worldwide physical CD retail release followed on January 31.

Feeding Fingers completed their second tour of Europe in April 2014, including dates in Italy, Holland, Poland (with Ausgang) and the UK, including an appearance at the biannual Whitby Goth Weekend in North Yorkshire, England.

Attend (2014-2016)[edit]

During the late spring of 2014, Curfman announced that he had begun work on a triple album titled Attend, produced by Battan and Culling, He said, "This is the largest creative endeavor of my entire life."

Curfman released the single "Your Candied Laughter Crawls" on January 3, 2015, accompanied by a music video by Lapcevic. It was followed by a second single, "Polaroid Papercuts", with accompanying music video by Ronny Carlsson, released on March 16. On 1 October, the band announced that the triple-vinyl edition would be released by the Sounds for Sure label.[17]

Discography[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

Live albums[edit]

Singles[edit]

  • "Where the Threads Are the Thinnest" (2012, Tephramedia)
  • "Inside the Body of an Animal" (2012, Tephramedia)
  • "Waltz No. 2 for Music Box" (2012, Tephramedia)
  • "Your Candied Laughter Crawls" (2015, Tephramedia)
  • "Polaroid Papercuts" (2015, Tephramedia)

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.justincurfman.com
  2. ^ "Feeding Fingers notes". Amazon. 2011-03-02. Retrieved 2011-03-02. 
  3. ^ "Feeding Fingers notes". Performer Magazine. 2011-03-02. Retrieved 2011-03-02. 
  4. ^ "Feeding Fingers notes". Side-Line Magazine. 2011-03-02. Retrieved 2011-03-02. 
  5. ^ "Feeding Fingers notes". Stomp and Stammer. 2011-03-02. Retrieved 2011-03-02. 
  6. ^ "Feeding Fingers notes". Creative Loafing. 2011-03-02. Retrieved 2011-03-02. 
  7. ^ "Feeding Fingers notes". IMDB. 2011-03-02. Retrieved 2011-03-02. 
  8. ^ "Feeding Fingers notes". Ultra Fest official website. 2011-03-02. Retrieved 2011-03-02. 
  9. ^ "Feeding Fingers notes". Gothic Era. 2011-03-02. Retrieved 2011-03-02. 
  10. ^ "Feeding Fingers notes". Gothic Paradise. 2011-03-02. Retrieved 2011-03-02. 
  11. ^ "Feeding Fingers notes". Bescene Magazine. 2011-03-02. Retrieved 2011-03-02. 
  12. ^ "Feeding Fingers notes". Dry Ink Magazine. 2011-03-02. Retrieved 2011-03-02. 
  13. ^ http://www.last.fm/event/1371319+NITZER+EBB+-+Feeding+Fingers+-+Christabel+Dreams+UNICA+DATA+IN+ITALIA.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  14. ^ "Feeding Fingers notes". Creative Loafing. 2011-03-02. Retrieved 2011-03-02. 
  15. ^ "Feeding Fingers singles". Feeding Fingers blog. 2012-01-24. Retrieved 2012-01-24. 
  16. ^ "Feeding Fingers singles". Feeding Fingers blog. 2012-04-05. Retrieved 2012-04-05. 
  17. ^ http://www.feedingfingers.net/home/blog/feeding-fingers-forthcoming-5th-studio-album-attend-to-be-issued-on-triple-vinyl

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