We signed another band...AMERICAN STEEL!
We are extremely proud to be working with Oakland, CA’s American Steel. Carrying on the grand tradition of the early East Bay sound, American Steel were adored locally and served as a pillar of the 924 Gilman Street scene from 1995-2002. They released three proper full length records and I think it’s safe to say that you could file American Steel’s 2nd album, Rogue’s March, right next to Rancid’s Rancid, Crimpshrine’s Duct Tape Soup and Jawbreaker’s 24 Hour Revenge Therapy as quintessential Bay Area punk albums. The one aspect that sets this band apart is SOUL. Their sound owes as much to traditional Motown, folk and rock as it does to punk and hardcore. They are currently recording a brand new record at Sharkbite Studios which is owned by guitarist and co-vocalist Ryan Massey. Studio journals and updates will be posted soon on the band’s websites. Please come out to their Bottom of the Hill show with Dead To Me on June 16th and welcome them back. Here is a statement from the band…
Five years after our last show, we played a house party together again as American Steel. We have also started recording a new studio record for our friends at Fat Wreck Chords. Five years ago, we were tired, listless and frankly not having as much fun as when we first started off. Our attitude has always been to do whatever, whenever, and most importantly to have a good time, so we called it a day. Gladly, this preserved our friendships and love for the music we had created. Basically, we missed playing the songs and still have something to say. It is often a farcical and self absorbed world that many rock groups find themselves in, and while we have always been concerned with expressing our views on ideas like equity and justice, weâve also tried to not take ourselves or the music industry too seriously. So weâre kinda playing things by ear, but we will be playing shows, doing tours, and putting out a new record, probably in September 2007. As for "Communique*":http://www.radiocommunique.com/, a band which some of us have been playing in for last few years, it is basically in a holding pattern for 2007 but is by no means dead. Thanks for all the support and radness over the years and weâll see yâall soon!