Monday, September 16, 2013

Oakland-based duo Steel Cranes announces US tour in support of upcoming debut "Ouroboros" out Sept. 24th.

 Ultra-loud band’s “Moving On” video, shot on location at some favorite East Bay landmarks, streaming now.


Steel Cranes (L-R): Amanda Schukle, Tracy Shapiro | Photo: Miakoda Collins



“Moving On” is the latest single and video from the debut album Ouroboros by Steel Cranes




“The slo-mo heaviness of a 2,000-pound pendulum, as much grit as an abandoned highway, and a fearless sense of rock ‘n’ roll.” - MTV Buzzworthy

Oakland-based duo Steel Cranes will be blowing up eardrums nationwide starting later this month when band members Amanda Schukle (drums) and Tracy Shapiro (vocals, guitar) take their intense live show across the country.  See below for a complete itinerary for the tour that kicks off with a hometown record release show at The Night Light in Oakland.  The band’s debut album Ouroboros will be released on September 24th.   The album’s latest single “Moving On” recently spawned a music video shot in various locations around Berkeley and Oakland,

“We love the East Bay,” says Shapiro. “So, we purposely chose recognizable locations.” Those familiar with the area will notice an industrial stretch of 2nd St., a piece of the San Francisco Bay Trail that crosses over Highway 80, and a scene set in front of downtown Oakland’s Paramount Theater.  The video kicks off at the Albany Bulb, an odd place on the edge of the Bay where lots of people live in tents among graffiti-covered sculptures, structures, and huts.  This appropriately strange place is where clip’s main character first wakes up and we see her covered in paper scraps.

“They represent the various beliefs she has accumulated that are no longer relevant in helping her move forward,” Shapiro explains.  “She begins a journey toward shedding them, but holds on to the one that’s actually important.”  Shapiro’s bandmate Amanda Schukle (drums) comments about the tune saying, “‘Moving On’ was the Steel Cranes song where I knew that we had found our sound. That nasty bending-note guitar riff intro just kicks it off.”  Shapiro wholeheartedly agrees: “That nasty bendy note makes me happy.  Very happy.”

Ouroboros, produced by the band and engineered by Eli Crews (tUnE-yArDs, Deerhoof), captures the raw energy of Shapiro and Schukle in a way that is rarely heard on records these days.  As Shapiro explains, “It was essential to us that the tension that comes with our live performance be present on the album.”

Ouroboros by Steel Cranes is scheduled for release on September 24th, 2013.  The members of Steel Cranes are available for interviews.  Contact Josh Bloom at Fanatic for more information.


Steel Cranes Fall Tour 2013

09/20 Oakland, CA @ The Night Light Record Release Show
09/25 Sacramento, CA @ The Press Club w/ Musical Charis, Fudi
09/26 Eugene, OR @ Luckey’s w/ Small Joys, Paper Foxes, and Radion
09/27 Portland, OR @ Slabtown w/ The Greencarts
09/28 Seattle, WA @ Comet Tavern w/ Redwood Plan, Panama Gold
09/29 Olympia, WA @ Le Voyeur w/ The Redwood Plan, Full Moon Radio
10/01 Spokane, WA @ Baby Bar
10/02 Bozeman, MT @ Haufbrau w/ The Electric Sundays
10/04 Denver, CO @ Lost Lake Lounge w/ DCTV, C’est Tra La
10/06 Manhattan, KS @ Auntie Mae’s w/ Couches
10/07 Kansas City, MO @ Czar Bar w/ Fake Fancy
10/08 Des Moines, IA @ The Gas Lamp w/ Rumble Seat Riot, Satellite State
10/10 Chicago, IL @ The Burlington w/ Eiffel Tower
10/11 Milwaukee, WI @ Frank’s Power Plant w/ Playdate, Forgotten Species
10/12 Madison, WI @ Mickey’s Tavern w/ Cribshitter
10/16 Detroit, MI @ PJ’s Lager House w/ All the Wild Children, The Walking Beat
10/18 Akron, OH @ Buzzbin Art & Music Shop
10/20 Providence, RI @ Dusk
10/23 Allston, MA @ O’Brians w/ Today Junior, Ghosts of Sailors at Sea, Idiot Genes
10/24 Brooklyn, NY @ Spike Hill w/ Highway, Son Boom, Caitling Mahoney
10/26 Philadelphia, PA @ Kung-Fu Necktie w/ John Wesley Coleman, Traumahelikopter
10/27 Washington, DC @ The Black Squirrel w/ Company Calls
11/05 Dallas, TX @ Bryan Street Tavern
11/06 Austin, TX @ The Parish Underground w/ The Dead Space, The Harms, Rescue Mission
11/08 Albuquerque, NM @ Burt’s Tiki Lounge w/ The Klondykes, St. Wolf, Port Alice
11/09 Santa Fe, NM @ Molly’s Kitchen
11/13 Phoenix, AZ @ The Trunk Space
11/15 San Diego, CA @ Merrowin w/ East of Sweden
11/17 Los Angeles, CA @ Origami Vinyl In-Store, 7PM
11/18 Los Angeles, CA @ The Redwood Bar w/ EZ Tiger


Steel Cranes
(S/R – September 24th, 2013)

Track Listing:

1. Anthem
2. Moving On (STREAM | DOWNLOAD | MP3 | VIDEO)
3. Have You Thought of Me
4. Before Dawn
5. One After Another
6. Drowning in the Bathtub
7. Boat Song (STREAM | DOWNLOAD | MP3)
8. The One
9. I’ve Let Go
10. Farewell


Steel Cranes Links


Contact Josh Bloom at Fanatic Promotion

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