Cracks In The Land are an East Sussex based band, with an eclectic sound that takes in pop, acoustic grooves, a hint of folk, harmonies and well crafted tunes. Our debut album is in the offing and will be ready Spring 2017.


Cracks In The Land are a 5 piece acoustic band with funky grooves, melodic anthems and 3 part harmonies with a Crowded House meets John Martyn meets Fleetwood Mac vibe.

The band formed at the end of 2013 and since that time they have supported Cutting Crew, made several festival and radio appearances, gigged in London and Berlin as well as around the south of England.

Starting with singer-songwriters Bob Melrose and Meya Rein the duo grew into a four piece with the addition of drummer/percussionist Ben Armstrong and guitarist/vocalist Bill Burke late in 2015.

Also they have recently started working with fiddle player Henry Isaac Bristow who brings a new colour to the sound.

The chemistry was there from the moment the current lineup got together and the band are co-writing new songs which they are looking forward to performing and recording in 2017.

Bob Melrose – guitar, vocals
Meya Rein – vocals
Ben Armstrong – percussion, drums
Bill Burke – guitar, vocals
Henry Isaac Bristow – fiddle, vocals


Radio Hailsham FM

We will be appearing on the Stuart Clack Lewis show on Hailsham FM from 7-9 on Tuesday 11th April. Playing tracks or preview tracks from our new album and also playing live in the studio.

New album in pipeline

We have been working on our debut album and we have done all the guide tracks and in that interesting phase of trying out different takes and being a bit self-critical. Its sounding good, and we hope to have it ready for the spring. No title yet but sure we’ll think of one soon !


We are loosely based in East Sussex, and you can catch us gigging regularly in Sussex, Kent and beyond in distant lands.

Contact Bob on 07875 902239