The Cranks / Bio

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"The spirit of The Cranks can be traced back to well before the days of “Cute Hat” (2015), “Orange” (2013), or even “Downside Up” (2011). Twins Haley and Connor Gowland began their ambitious journey into music as brace-faced preteens, lovingly chronicled through home videos of talent show performances of Weezer and Rolling Stones covers. Over the years their passion for making music has only grown stronger. With Haley on guitar and lead vocals, Connor on drums, and the addition of the inventive Alex Markoski on bass, The Cranks have played hundreds of shows, come out on top of countless battles, won a boatload of awards, rocked festivals all over New England, and shared the stage with acts like Paramore, Fall Out Boy, and 3OH!3.
The “Cute Hat EP,” their latest release, was forged in the cruel New England winter of 2015 at Rocking Horse Studios in New Hampshire with producer Brian Coombes (New England Music Awards 2015 producer of the year). The EP’s 5 tracks saw the band honing in their signature “indie-popternative” sound through intricate bass lines, driving rhythms, captivating melodies, and vocal harmonies. The single, “Circles,” has been played on several radio stations in the New England area, including WOOL 91.5 and 106.3 Frank FM.
In order to further explore their new musical direction and to incorporate more of their recorded sound into live shows, the power-trio decided it was time to make The Cranks into a mighty-quartet. Haley introduced the band to guitarist Connor Storms, a fellow Connecticut College camel who played with Haley in the folk-rock monster, Canopy, before he graduated. Storms was welcomed into the band in the summer of 2015."

>>> The Metronome calls Cute Hat the "best EP Release we've heard all year"
>>> The Cranks opened the WPI Big Spring Event for 3OH!3
>>> Cute Hat" EP and Circles video released to rave reviews.

>>> The Cranks opened the Paramore and Fall Out Boy show on Meadowbrook
Pavilion’s (NH) Magic Hat stage. Since then The Cranks crafted new songs for the “Cute Hat”
EP recorded at Rocking Horse Studio over 8 days in the brutal 2015 New England winter.
Produced by New England Music Awards’ 2015 Producer of the Year Brian Coombes, this
high energy blast of indie PopTernative originals packs the most Cranks punch of the band's 4
releases. Mastered by Dana White of Specialized Mastering (Jimmy Eat World).
>>> WINNERS OF THE 2014 RADAR award from the New England Music Awards and Pavoh for acts "on the rise" among 200 submissions.
>>> The Cranks' "Orange" - ALBUM OF THE YEAR runner up awarded by Limelight Magazine


>>> The Cranks released their 3rd CD "ORANGE", and were featured on COZI TV's "The Next Great Family Band" as one of 15 bands across the country picked to be the next sibling band like Oasis, Kings of Leon.


Big dynamics, real instruments and voices, gripping melodies and Haley’s distinctive vocals (often related to Chrissie Hynde, Blondie) translate to a captivating energy on stage that excites crowds across broad ages. They rock, but aren’t angry about it.


The Strokes, The Hush Sound, Paramore, Two Door Cinema Club, Guster.


"...The Cranks offer up clever pop-rock arrangements that rival the exhilarating first listens of popsters like Elvis Costello and Joe Jackson. Sonically gratifying and musically astute....Just the best EP release we've heard all year.""
...rattling off catchy and intelligent punk-influenced pop songs like afterthoughts. The Cranks have a real future. Downside Up is the proof." Wildy's World Blog 4 of 5 stars

“Haley's lead vocals sound as good, if not better, than singer's twice her age …”– Metronome Magazine 9/2010

“Haley is a triple threat of great vocals, song writing and guitar playing.” - Joyce Kulhawik (arts & entertainment anchor for Boston’s WBZ-TV News) 3/2010


The Cranks spent their younger years as a cover band, and in 2009 recast themselves as an all-original 3-piece, winning their first battle of bands. It was clear they had a seed of something different to offer.

In May, 2011, The Cranks released their second CD; "Downside Up", an energetic batch of one-of-a-kind lyric themes and stick-in-your-head melodies that has been played on Boston’s WXRV 92.5 as well as several college radio stations.

2013 - Selected as one of 15 bands for the national show "The Next Great Family Band"
2012 Winner Westford Apple Blossom Festival battle of bands
- Winner Berklee College of Music Battle of HS Bands round 1 - (1 of 4 finalists from all New England)
-TCAN Berklee Showcase Semi-Finalist
- Music On & UP Hard Rock Showcase Finalist
- Winner of Music On & UP Hard rock Showcase "Greatest Potential" artist award
- 2nd of 10 bands @Harvard (MA) Fall Festival Battle
- Winner "Artist with Greatest Potential" Award & Finalist at Boston Hard Rock's Music on & Up Showcase
- Winner of Prelims - Finalist in TCAN/Berklee Showcase of High School bands (among 4 out of 50 submissions)
2011 Haley - winner of Berklee College of Music Summer Program Scholarship
- WINNER of Groton-Dunstable HS Battle of Bands
2010 - 2nd Place Merrimack, NH Rockin Ribfest Teen Band Competition
- Selected to play in Berklee School of Music Battle of High School bands
- 2nd Place GDHS battle of bands
- Selected and performed on Community Auditions Star of the Day, taking 2nd place
- Winner of Indian Hill Battle of (9) High School Bands
- 3rd Place in Milly’s Tavern (Manchester, NH) finals of 9 week battle of youth bands
2009: 2nd Place Tynsgboro Bicentennial Summerfest Battle of Bands

General Info

Band Members
Haley Gowland - Guitar, Alex Markoski - Bass, Connor Gowland - Drums, Connor Storms - Electric Guitar
Artist Name
The Cranks
Profile Page
Active Since
Indie / Indie Rock / Pop Rock

Contact Info

Dunstable, MA
Chris Gowland

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