New Model Army are an English rock band, who were formed in Bradford, West Yorkshire in 1980.
New Model Army's earliest material on their debut album Vengeance (1984) was described as "crusty-punk",albeit more melodic than the works of many of their classic counterparts.
Their lyrics are often poetic, but express political and humanitarian messages. Songs like "51st State" (lyrics written by Ashley Cartwright of 'The Shakes') earned the band cult status in movements against American imperialism, but made it more difficult for the band to tour the US. The contradiction and search for truths explored in New Model Army's lyrics stem from lyricist Justin Sullivan's Quaker and literary upbringing.