Kracked Earth

Short Bio

“Kracked Earth” is a rock band for the internet age!

Kracked Earth was founded in 2008 by former Andy’s Diner Keyboardist, Guitarist, and Composer Andy Kinch and life long friend Tim Lynk, the band’s debut album Splash was recorded in the UK, Australia, and the USA mainly via the internet.

2012

The debut album Splash is released via CD and all forms of Digital downloads The artwork was created by world-renowned fantasy artist Ed Unitsky.

According to Tim, the ‘Splash’ project is something very special to me as I get to sing the songs that have been specifically written for me to sing by my very close friend Andy Kinch.

2016

The song was performed by and credited to a certain Lester Forrest, who was, in fact, the band’s keyboard player, founding member, and vocalist Woolly Wolstenholme. 

Largely overlooked compared to the band’s more popular catalog, the song evokes the feelings of someone for whom the darkness of the night provides an energy and freedom that his daytime city existence does not allow. (Well, that’s my take on it anyway!) 

As a long time fan of the band and fellow Mellotron geek, it was suggested that the song was and is vastly under-rated and was deserving of an update and exposure to a wider audience. 

Never one to resist a challenge, I got to work on the arrangement, which retains some of the features of the original, but I’ve given it my own spin, making the odd change here and there to the chord structure and instrumentation. 

I wanted to keep the basics very simple, by using mainly piano, acoustic bass and of course Mellotron! 

Above all else, I hope Woolly would be happy with my interpretation of his charming little ditty. Also, a big thank you to my Kracked Earth colleagues Don Schiff and Tim Lynk for their help bringing my ideas to reality.  

2017

Kracked Earth release “Epitaph” only on video, a (Cover) as a tribute to Greg Lake, the song was originally recorded and performed by King Crimson.

The band return with a new single New Horizons which is released on March 17th, 2017. New Horizons has always been one of Justin Hayward’s best songs, and during the summer of 2015, the success of the NASA mission resonated with my feelings for the song and resulted in my desire to record my own version.

A second single Onward Upwards Pre​-​Production Instrumental (feat Doug Scarratt) is released.

About the song.
Occasionally whilst in the recording studio, a touch of magic happens, and everyone gets transported to another place by what’s being played or sung by the artist during a particular take. 

Well, this happened while we were recording the album Splash down in Brighton. UK. 

Doug Scarratt was laying down his lead guitar for the song “Onward Upwards”, and it was amazing, just one take and that was it. We tried a few others, but none were like this very special effort. 

Great we all thought. It’s in the can. We can all relax. Let’s all go home. 
But, you see, there was a problem. His part, while brilliant of course, lasted the entire length of the song! There simply wasn’t enough room for the vocal, and just chopping into it just didn’t work. 

So, unfortunately, I had to consign what was effectively Doug’s 4 minute solo to the bin. 

We then changed the feel completely by getting our good friend Butch Thomas to blow some sax on the track, which worked really well. 
OK, so what we have here is the pre-production backing track of “Onwards Upwards” complete with the amazing Doug Scarratt in all his glory. 

On August 3, 2017  the band return with their 3rd Single
“When The City Sleeps” is the title of the new Kracked Earth single of an obscure B side by Barclay James Harvest for the single Breathless, which the band released under the pseudonym of Bombadil in 1972. 

The song was performed by and credited to a certain Lester Forrest, who was, in fact, the band’s keyboard player, founding member, and vocalist Woolly Wolstenholme. 

Largely overlooked compared to the band’s more popular catalog, the song evokes the feelings of someone for whom the darkness of the night provides an energy and freedom that his daytime city existence does not allow. (Well, that’s my take on it anyway!) 

As a long time fan of the band and fellow Mellotron geek, it was suggested that the song was and is vastly under-rated and was deserving of an update and exposure to a wider audience. 

Never one to resist a challenge, I got to work on the arrangement, which retains some of the features of the original, but I’ve given it my own spin, making the odd change here and there to the chord structure and instrumentation. 

I wanted to keep the basics very simple, by using mainly piano, acoustic bass and of course Mellotron! 

Above all else, I hope Woolly would be happy with my interpretation of his charming little ditty. Also, a big thank you to my Kracked Earth colleagues Don Schiff and Tim Lynk for their help bringing my ideas to reality. 

2019

The is to release mortal in Spring 2019 via LP & Digital
I would loved to have released both Andy’s Diner and Splash on vinyl, and have been asked many times about the chances of that happening… (Nil). So I thought, why not bring the best of both albums onto one vinyl based project, and at the same time raise some money for Prostate Cancer UK following my recent diagnosis and subsequent successful (hopefully) surgery.

Therefore, I have decided that any profit I make from the sale of the vinyl copies, will be donated to the charity. This release will be limited to just 250 copies worldwide. There will also be a Deluxe version, featuring extra songs and demos, available via digital download. Lastly, people are asking me about a CD. I am currently costing this, but tbh, it will depend on demand. Thanks for reading,
Love and Hugs. Andy

Band Members

Andy Kinch: Mellotron, Moog, Nord and Roland synthesizers, acoustic guitar, backing vocals.
Tim Lynk: vocals
Elyan Fernova: drums
Doug Scarratt: guitars
Simon Dennis: bass
Mark Millin: percussion

Additional Members:

Links

Facebook
Youtube
ReverbNation

Discography

Immortal (Spring 2019) LP & Digital
Onward Upwards Pre – Production Instrumental (feat Doug Scarratt) – Single (2017) Digital Only
When the City Sleeps – Single (2017) Digital Only
New Horizons – Single (2017) Digital Only
Everlastin’ Love – Single (2016) Digital Only
Splash
 (2012) CD & Digital

Videos

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