Thursday, July 14, 2016

Steel Cranes uses Tinder to cast co-star of new “Pretty” music video; Announces six-week tour launching August 4th.

Hear latest single “Today Is The Day” from Oakland-based band’s second album now. “Tango” arrives August 5th.


Steel Cranes (L-R): Amanda Schukle, Tracy Shapiro. Photo credit: Russ Wright.



Hear “Pretty” from Tango by Steel Cranes via SF Weekly. See the video at PureVolume or via the links below!






“Rollicking drums and bass collide with salacious guitar licks.” – SF Weekly

“The video for ​​’Pretty’ was partially inspired and brought to life courtesy of Tinder,” says Tracy Shapiro (vocals, guitar), one half of the Oakland-based band, Steel Cranes, which also includes Amanda Schukle (drums, bass, guitar, keys.) “We created a profile saying I was in town shooting a music video,” Shapiro continues. “I put a few band photos on it, wrote that I was looking for someone to play my boyfriend in a video, and within a few hours, we found our future guest star. He came over to Amanda’s house the next day and shot every scene in one take.”

Described by MTV as possessing “the slo-mo heaviness of a 2,000-pound pendulum,” Oakland-based band, Steel Cranes is offering up an evolution of that sound on its upcoming new album Tango (August 5th, Mister White Tights Records.) Steel Cranes will launch a six-week tour in support of Tango in Tucson, AZ on August 4th. See below for a full itinerary with additional dates to be announced.

Tango is a more dynamic take on the “grit” and “raw, relentless power” that MAGNET and Bitch respectively called out in their 2013 coverage of Ouroboros, the debut Steel Cranes album. With a vision for the sound of Tango that was more expansive, Shapiro and Schukle were initially stalled when considering the logistics of accomplishing these time-consuming sonic refinements in a studio environment. It soon became clear that the best option was to record and mix the record themselves.

Amanda has been recording her own music for years, and she began obsessively learning more about recording and mixing,” Shapiro remembers.  “As soon as we decided to do everything ourselves, the control freaks in us were unleashed!”

This education ultimately yielded the more passionate and layered version of the Steel Cranes sound that is heard on Tango.  Once freed from the confines of creative deadlines and traditional studio environments, Shapiro and Schukle took full advantage of their new work paradigm.

“We wanted time and space to let ourselves stretch in new ways,” Shapiro says. “In ways that don’t come easy when you’re aware of how much it costs to spend three hours experimenting with the fucked-up tones on your old Casio keyboard.” Most of all, a year (versus five days spent recording Ouroboros) meant more of everything that made the first Steel Cranes album special.

Tango by Steel Cranes arrives on August 5th, 2016. The latest single from Tango is “Today Is The Day,” recently premiered via Verbicide. Tracy Shapiro and Amanda Schukle are available for interviews.  Contact Josh Bloom at Fanatic for more information.


Steel Cranes – On Tour

08/04 Tucson, AZ @ Flycatcher
08/05 Phoenix, AZ @ Rips Bar
08/06 Los Angeles, CA @ Redwood Bar & Grill
08/07 San Diego, CA @ Tower Bar
08/09 San Luis Obispo, CA @ SLO Donut Co.
08/10 Fresno, CA @ Dynamite Vinyl
08/12 Santa Cruz, CA @ The Crepe Place
08/13 Oakland, CA @ The Golden Bull
08/14 Pacifica, CA @ Winters Tavern
08/16 Ashland, OR @ Club 66
08/17 Eugene, OR @ The Boreal
08/18 Portland, OR @ World Famous Kenton Club
08/19 Seattle, WA @ Blue Moon Tavern
08/20 Olympia, WA @ McCoy’s Tavern
08/21 Tacoma, WA @ Real Art Tacoma
08/22 Boise, ID @ High Note Cafe
08/24 Salt Lake City, UT @ Kilby Court
08/26 Denver, CO @ Lion’s Lair
08/27 Omaha, NE @ Barley Street Tavern
08/28 Lincoln, NE @ Vega
08/30 Iowa City, IA @ Gabe’s
08/31 Minneapolis, MN @ Amsterdam Bar
09/02 La Crosse, WI @ Root Note
09/03 Madison, WI @ BOS Meadery
09/06 Milwaukee, WI @ Linneman’s
09/07 Chicago, IL @ Township
09/08 Bloomington, IN @ The Back Door
09/09 Evansville, IN @ PG
09/10 St. Louis, MO @ Schlafly’s Tap Room
09/11 Columbia, MO @ Cafe Berlin
09/12 Lawrence, KS @ Jackpot Saloon
09/14 Wichita, KS @ Kirby’s Beer Store
09/15 Norman, OK @ Red Brick Bar
09/16 Albuquerque, NM @ Burt’s Tiki Lounge
09/17 Santa Fe, NM @ Boxcar


Steel Cranes
(Mister White Tights Records)
August 5th, 2016

Track Listing:

1. Ebb
2. Pretty (STREAM | MP3 | VIDEO)
3. Today Is The Day (STREAM | MP3)
4. Her
5. Sandglass
6. Happy
7. Take Me Down
8. What Am I Doing Here
9. The Poet


Steel Cranes Links


Contact Josh Bloom at Fanatic Promotion

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