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Steel Cranes - Moving On

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    Amanda Schukle and Tracy Shapiro of Steel Cranes couldn’t have been more thrilled when MTV Buzzworthy compared Steel Cranes to The Melvins recently, a distinction indicating that the duo might be on the way to being recognized the world over for being just plain loud.

    The latest Steel Cranes single “Moving On” seems to point that way. “This song is heavy as shit,” Schukle plainly states of “Moving On,” taken from the band’s upcoming debut album "Ouroboros," out September 24th. “And five-year-olds love it.” What? Really? Apparently so, as Schukle explains, “The chorus is so damn catchy.”

    Bandmate Shapiro gives her take, saying, “To me, this song is about shedding. Shedding the beliefs and stories that one accumulates and uses to self-medicate. It’s about reaching a critical mass where these beliefs and stories can no longer sustain.” Schukle continues, “‘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 drummer Schukle and vocalist/guitarist Shapiro 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.”

    And it is.

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    Bio:

    Steel Cranes is an Oakland, California-based rock duo featuring Amanda Schukle on drums and Tracy Shapiro on vocals and guitar. The two met in early 2012 when Schukle ducked in for a late night snack at the neighborhood joint where Shapiro was working.

    It was a fortuitous meeting for this powerful pair, and within a week, the women were practicing in Schukle’s apartment and soliciting noise complaints. They soon upgraded to a rehearsal space, took the name Steel Cranes, and started pouring free time into cultivating their gritty, visceral songs, drawing comparisons to Hole, PJ Harvey, and Sleater-Kinney along the way.

    Prior to forming Steel Cranes, Schukle played guitar for various rock bands in Southern California. Originally inspired to pick up a guitar as a kid listening to "Appetite For Destruction," Schukle eventually swore off bands as too much trouble, taught herself to play the drums, and took to writing and recording her own material just for fun. Then she wandered into Shapiro’s restaurant.

    Shapiro grew up playing classical piano in a home filled with the sounds of Broadway musicals. Picking up her brother’s acoustic guitar, she quickly turned an opportunity to pass the time into a couple dozen original tunes. After moving to Brooklyn, Shapiro gravitated towards the downtown anti-folk and alternative comedy communities, and before long, developed a solo musical comedy act, which she took on the road supporting the Trachtenburg Family Slideshow Players.

    Shapiro eventually relocated to Oakland with the intention of finding a drummer and starting a band. She couldn’t kick the thought that the drummer had to be a woman. Schukle walked in right on cue. Initially the pair intended to flesh Steel Cranes into a larger band, but as their musical chemistry locked in, this idea faded.

    A year after the project began, and many songs and shows later, their thoughts turned to making the debut Steel Cranes album. Schukle and Shapiro knew they wanted to create the kind of album that comes to life when heard from start to finish. The women were also adamant that they record the album to tape, and that they capture the energy of a live Steel Cranes performance.

    "Ouroboros" accomplishes this. The album, scheduled for release on September 24th, is named for the ancient symbol representing cyclicality, creation out of destruction, and life out of death. This symbology is the foundational underpinning that weaves together the ten tracks that comprise the album.

    “Amanda and I have such a great chemistry both personally and creatively, so it felt like a big deal to more or less ‘adopt’ a bandmate for the recording process,” Shapiro explains of their efforts to find an engineer. “We were very clear about what we wanted the album to sound like and we wanted to find someone who we trusted to translate that vision into reality.”

    They ultimately “adopted” engineer Eli Crews (tUnE-yArDs, Thao and Mirah, Deerhoof), who flew out to Oakland, and over a breakneck five-day period, recorded an album that represents Schukle and Shapiro’s aesthetic vision. All of the songs on "Ouroboros" were recorded live to tape with minimal overdubs, resulting in an album of raw power, huge sounds, and emotional catharsis.

    “We captured most songs in under three takes, and we recorded everything together in the same room,” says Shapiro, elaborating on the process. “It was important for us not to record to a click track, to capture the bleed of my guitar in Amanda’s drum mics and vice versa, and to have very human sounding recordings, songs captured as they are. We worked hard to get to the point where we could play the songs well enough to get away with this strategy. It was essential to us that the suspense and tension that come with live performance be present on the album.”

    “Working with Eli was incredible because he really nailed the sound we were going for,” Schukle explains. Shapiro jokes that Schukle’s Master’s degree in Library and Information Science was essential to this process. Prior to the recording sessions, Schukle sent Crews an alphabetized “librarian-esque” list of over a dozen favorite albums by Afghan Whigs, Black Sabbath, Flaming Lips, Gang of Four, Liars, Radiohead, and others, detailing what she liked about the mix, energy, tone, and production on each one. “Eli walked in on day one with a really good sense of what we wanted,” says Shapiro.

    This is readily apparent on “Boat Song,” the album’s first single. “We recorded it in one take,” Schukle says of the track, a crash course in the Steel Cranes sound and style. “It’s our favorite song to play live because it feels like standing on the edge of a cliff, just on the verge of falling over, but pulling back at the last minute. It’s a bit of controlled chaos and we never play it the same way twice.”

    “With 'Boat Song' we get to tap into the feeling of, ‘I’m going crazy... and I don’t give a fuck!,’” adds Shapiro. “And not, ‘I don’t give a fuck’ in a careless kind of way, but in a way that is simple, shameless, and honest.”

    “We like to think of this music as breaking hearts and kicking asses at the same time,” says Schukle. “While occasionally inspiring you to dance,” adds Shapiro. “I don’t think our sound is attached to any particular era,” Schukle continues. “I think, ultimately, that the sound of Steel Cranes is the sound of Tracy and Amanda colliding. Finding a collaborator who has the same musical vision, and who you can stand to be around for extended periods, is pretty remarkable, and it’s a big deal for both of us.”

    "Ouroboros", the debut album by Oakland’s Steel Cranes, will be released on September 24th. “Boat Song,” the first single from "Ouroboros", is streaming now.

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    "Moving On"

    We're moving on we're moving on
    We're moving on we're moving on
    We're moving on
    We're moving on we're moving on
    We're moving on we're moving on
    We're moving on

    I fucked up
    But so did you
    I felt so guilty
    That I forgot to hold you accountable
    And now we have not spoken
    For nearly six months
    And the last thing you said to me was that
    You think this is all my fault

    We're moving on we're moving on
    We're moving on we're moving on
    We're moving on
    We're moving on we're moving on
    We're moving on we're moving on
    We're moving on

    I wonder what I look like
    From inside your head
    Am I tucked away in the corner
    Or am I right there in the center with a bullseye on my chest
    Is the me you see animated
    Do I move do I smile do I laugh
    Or am I just stuck saying the same shitty things
    Over and over again

    We're moving on we're moving on
    We're moving on we're moving on
    We're moving on
    We're moving on we're moving on
    We're moving on we're moving on
    We're moving on

    I thought you knew me
    I thought you knew me
    Better
    Better
    Better
    Better
    Better
    Than anyone

    Is this the time it takes to die
    Or the time it takes to renew
    I've got a thousand stories
    They all share a simple truth
    The truth is I have no idea what you're thinking
    The truth is there ain't much I know for sure
    But the fact that I still love you
    Is the one thing I keep coming back to

    We're moving on we're moving on
    We're moving on we're moving on
    We're moving on
    We're moving on we're moving on
    We're moving on we're moving on
    We're moving on

    I thought I knew you
    I thought I knew you
    Better
    Better
    Better
    Better
    Better
    Than anyone

    Released by: S/R
    Release date: Sep 24, 2013

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