Tuesday, February 2, 2010

American Steel - American Steel

Released in 1997, this debut full length from bay area punks American Steel was a staple of my latter high school and early college days.

They alledly got their name from Oakland's American Steel building just before theyre first show (which was just across the street). I dont really know what to say about this album, it sounds like leathface a little bit, but better (or so i hear, ive never been a leatherface fan). Personally I see them more as the Crimpshrine of the next generation of East Bay punks.
Remember how in the late 90s every punk band had a ska song? so they have some ska elements, but not in a way that makes you want to cry. This album has been sitting in a pile of things to be uploaded here, hence this post; but i really just cant think of a lot to say about it except that it meant a lot to me at that time in my life.

American Steel released two more albums before disbanding. They recently reformed and are now on fat wreck, but that band is a whole different monster.