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 Cranks are Haley Gowland, Connor Gowland, Alex Markoski and Connor Storms.