Twins Conner and Haley Gowland started the band as Groton-Dunstable Regional Middle School students, and carried on when they attended Groton-Dunstable Regional High School. All along they participated in most area youth sports. They won several battles of the bands and other local competitions before transferring into Lawrence Academy as sophomores. They kept on playing at LA, building a strong regional following.
Haley is now at Connecticut College; Conner is at the University of Rhode Island, but they’ve kept the band together working up songwriter Haley’s new material.
“The Cranks are still going strong, and currently, we are writing new stuff for an EP to be released in the summer,” Haley wrote in an email. “We are honored to be recognized for the alternative music we make and our hard work so far.”
Connor replied by email that, “Overall college has been great and we have been doing everything we can to keep The Cranks going strong!”
The Cranks were also just signed to open for Fall Out Boy and Paramore, two internationally recognized acts, at Meadowbrook in Gilford, New Hampsire this summer, according to local band spokeswoman Daphne Gowland. “They will be opening on the Magic Hat Stage (kind of a “B” stage), inside the venue before the Falloutboy/Paramour concert- its a big Indie night,” she said.