The cracked actors are a ska band from the west midlands, uk. Locally famous with a loyal fanbase, they serve upbeat ska, and laid back reggae at venues all across the uk. They are influenced by; Bob Marley, David Bowie, Trojan and Two Tone Ska, Reggae, Punk, Beethoven and Rizzla. The words are sung with the utmost passion but encased is a loose ska rhythm. "Red Ray's" opening could not have been more different, as it opens to a spanish flamenco style, which brings about some spontaneous dancing amongst a decent sized turnout. The band's vocal duo 'bounce off' each other superbly, one of the Actors even wears a majestic top hat which suits him magnificently. On their next song "H.M.P.", Tall Tim (the hippy looking keyboardist) takes on the vocals, which brings about some ribald banter from the rest of the band. All smiles, the stage is awash with a team of musicians totally at ease with themselves. It had been a difficult drive down but even their new guitarist, who claims he was born in Bedford. is happy to be here. "Skapache" is a Cracked Actors variation of the old Shadows hit of the sixties, while the lush reggae strains of "Hypocrisy" is a favourite of mine. The thirteen song set offers plenty of contrast with "Buzz to Buzz", fast and dancey, while "Naked" is enhanced by the sound of Malx on the sax. The punkish "Modern World" is a slight let-down, but thankfully "Flowers" soon puts the bloom back into the Cracked Actors' musical garden! A rich, raw, ska-reggae beat booms out and is soon reprised with "Come around" which closes the set. "More!" was my shout! - official review.