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.


  1. Wed, 22 September 2010
    9-21-10 Punk Life Zine presents: American Steel

    Guest Host: Don Irwin (Punk Life zine) |
    Interview: Rory Henderson (American Steel) |

    Johnny Cash with Joe Strummer - Redemption Song |
    Hot Tub - 1-2-3 Go! |
    ELO - Don't Bring Me Down |
    Chrimpshine - Another Day |
    Joe Strummer - Coma Girl (live) |
    Don Gibson - Sea of Heartbreak |
    The Walkmen - In the New Year |
    American Steel - Every New Morning |
    American Steel - Smile on Me |
    American Steel - Meals and Entertainment |
    Communique - Annabelle |
    NoMeansNo - Rags and Bones |
    Misfits - Where Eagles Dare |
    Fischerspooner - The 15th (Gabriel and Dresden remix) |
    New Order - Ceremony |
    The Pogues - Sally MacLennane |
    The Replacements - Unsatisfied |
    Sebadoh - It's So Hard to Fall in Love |
    Dag Nasty - All Ages Show |
    Spoon - Sister Jack |
    Squeeze - Another Nail in My Heart |
    Sunny Day Real Estate - Seven |
    Ted Leo and the Pharmacists - Where Have All the Rude Boys Gone |
    Thin Lizzy - Wild One |
    The Velvet Teen - Radiapathy |
    The Zombies - Time of the Season |
    The Four Tops - It's the Same Old Song |
    Junkyard Band - Sardines |
    Wale - Artistic Integrity |
    Zach Hill - Memo to the Man |
    Tsunami - Courage (Minutemen) |
    The Corin Tucker Band - Doubt |
    Antelope - Mirroring (Shock D remix) |
    The Mass - Gas Pipe |
    John Henry West - Holiday |
    Direct download: Dissonance_9-21-10_Punk_Life_American_Steel.mp3
    Category:general -- posted at: 5:56 PM

  2. One of my favorite albums ever. You have wonderful taste, and have introduced me to a whole bunch of great music I wouldn't have found out about otherwise... hope you come back to blogging soon!

  3. Better than Leatherface?? Starting a new band right now, and the other guitarist flipped out today when I hadn't heard of American Steel. My primary influence on this band IS Leatherface... Now I'm excited to hear American Steel. Thanks for this blog post, but you oughta give em another listen;

    1. Also both me and the other guitarist and you all share a name apparently. Solidarity.

  4. Awesome!! American steel never die!!