As I slide the bottleneck across the strings of my bouzouki, it screams an unearthly sound more akin to a beast from the deep calling out in challenge, than some kind of folk instrument. Plugging the bouzouki through a distortion box and delay pedal I think, not for the first time, the recordings we have available online don't really reflect the full range of music styles The Cracked Man is now producing.
Yes, some of our music is distinctly acoustic with a bluesy or folky feel to it, as represented by our first EP released last year, but some is harder and rockier or even a bit psychedelic.
Time to put some more tracks online to give a fuller flavour of The Cracked Man.
Although we are currently developing our debut album, the completion will be some way off yet - and at that point, the tracks will have many more instruments than just the 2 we use when playing live. So we set up in Marcus's living room and did a "live" recording to a bunch of microphones and recording equipment.
On Friday this week, we have a half-hour set in Rabbie's Tavern (the beer tent) at Eden Festival. For this we will pump out our louder, rockier tunes.
Next month, however, we are playing for half an hour at the Newton Stewart & Minnigaff Traditional Music Festival, where we will be purely acoustic.
In between we will be appearing at the Gatehouse Midsummer Music Festival where we have more time so will be playing a full set ranging from the quietly soulful to the loudly raucous.
So as a taster for what to expect if you can come along to any of the forthcoming gigs, or a flavour of what we sound like if you can't, below you will find 4 tracks - Moving On, Zero Energy, Footprints in the Sea, and Demon on Your Shoulder.
Do leave a comment and let me know your favourite