Formed in Derby, England, The Newcranes quickly became a popular band on the early 90s touring circuit. They signed with French label Musidisc Records and recorded their debut album Frontline which garnered critical acclaim and won the band many followers. They subsequently supported The Mission, Stiff Little Fingers, Bob Dylan and The Saw Doctors and went on to release several more EPs. The band disbanded in 1996 after several line-up changes. In 2018 guitarist Mark Simpson, along with bass player Bob Rushton and drummer Marcus Carter decided to reignite the band after a campaign by fans. They recruited Jonny Wallis and Julian Butt and in March 2019 played a well-received reunion show at The Venue in Derby. The Newcranes have gone on to play gigs and festivals throughout the UK including Bearded Theory, Wickham Festival and Boomtown. The band is currently recording new material and will be touring throughout 2020 and are looking forward to a summer filled with festivals!
"...the Newcranes deliver crackling folk-punk in the vein of the levellers. Heavy in places, bouncy and fun in others (not to mention occasional forays into straight-up acoustic folk) the Newcranes clearly have a fair few fans in attendance (and make many more) with the highlight of their set being the creeping bassline of turpentine."
Sonic Abuse. Bearded Theory Review 2019