“Who is this and where in the name of the Flying Spaghetti Monster did they come from?” That was the first thought that ran through my head when I opened the link to “Boat Song”, the lead single off Steel Cranes‘ forthcoming debut, Ouroboros. The answer is pretty straightforward: Steel Cranes is a loud-as-hell rock duo comprised of Amanda Schukle on drums and Tracy Shapiro on vocals and guitar, and they hail from Oakland. According to the band, they met in early 2012 when Schukle grabbed a late night snack at the neighborhood joint where Shapiro was working, and within a week, the two women were practicing in Schukle’s apartment and soliciting noise complaints.
Ouroboros was recorded with engineer Eli Crews (tUnE-yArDs, Thao and Mirah, Deerhoof) during a five-day stretch in Oakland, with the band recording everything live to tape with minimal over dubs to accomplish their goal of displaying “raw power, huge sounds, and emotional catharsis.” The album is named for the ancient symbol representing cyclicality, creation out of destruction, and life out of death (which you may just recognize as the centerpiece of the Sacred Bones Records logo), and these themes will apparently be present throughout.
Ouroboros is out September 24. Listen to “Boat Song” below.