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The Cracked Man EP Launch

12 months ago Marcus and I formed The Cracked Man

The best description I could come up with to describe our music was, "Original foot-stomping, spine-tingling, brow-twitching, cheek-spasming, tea-dunking music that will leave you breathless but deeply satisfied"

Towards the end of last year we began recording 3 tracks to make up an EP. Then Christmas and New Year got in the way. However, the artwork has now been created, the tracks have been mastered and everything has been sent off to where we're getting 300 printed up.

We played around with several ideas when trying to think of a cover for the EP, and decided to go for a mix of both our heads blended into one. Originally I was going to split it straight down the middle, but after playing in Photoshop I discovered it was more interesting if it wasn't exact. So although the top half is an even split, my nose is more dominant, it's Marcus's upper lip and my beard.

That was quite fun, but then I played with aging it - sepia toning and a mold-speckled glass overlay - and then it leapt to life like some bizarre Edwardian creation. I knew we had the cover I wanted

On Friday 13th March, we're going to be officially launching the EP with an event at The Gordon House Hotel in Kirckudbright. As a wee taster of the EP, I've put together a short video of photos of us performing and about 40 second bursts of each of the 3 tracks.

On the day of the launch, if you're interested, you'll be able to buy CDs or download the tracks online. But if you're in the area, do come along to see us play live.

And if you don't live nearby, then we're open to travelling if you fancy being our manager for the country you live in.


maurcheen said...

Good on ye.. I bet it's a great success! :-)

Guyana-Gyal said...

I think I've said this before, this music makes me feel like cruisin' down the river, speckled light through the leaves of trees, or driving down back roads, exploring.

That is one wickeeed album cover!

I wish The Cracked Men oodles of success.

Kim Ayres said...

Maurcheen - many thanks :)

Guyana-Gyal - if you'd like to be our Guyana Manager and arrange a tour for us, we could play in the back of a boat while cruising down the river :)

Pat said...

Good work and if you do go to Guyana please put your photographers hat on too.

Kim Ayres said...

Pat - if I ever get to Guyana, you can be in no doubt I'll be clicking away like mad with the camera :)

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