INTERVIEW with The Bay Bridged, 9/23/13

"Tracy Shapiro and Amanda Schukle's two-woman rock assault has more in common with the Melvins or the Black Keys: the slo-mo heaviness of a 2,000-pound pendulum, as much grit as an abandoned highway, and a fearless sense of rock 'n' roll."            -MTV Buzzworthy, 7/5/13

"They shred, but they're not frantic. Their sound lacks any pretense whatsoever, offering raw, relentless power instead... My hope for Steel Cranes is that, no matter how famous they're about to be, they don't lose the sense of loud, gritty fun in which their first few singles are drenched."  -Bitch Magazine, 8/27/13

"Hailing from Oakland, Steel Cranes are a no-nonsense duo composed of Tracy Shapiro and Amanda Schukle. Their brand of wiry, nervy post-punk recalls badasses such as PJ Harvey and Patti Smith. The assault of guitar and drums is dialed in to a degree that would be exhausting if it weren't so exhilarating. Songs speed by in fervent blasts, or they stomp and shake and rattle your bones. As a vocalist, Shapiro is slinky and menacing, trading off sultry entreaties and snarling affronts. Steel Cranes borrow structure from heavy blues, but they twist and distort it into something that feels fresh and exciting, which is not an easy feat. But, when the headbanging stops and the tempo starts racing faster and faster, that's where their power truly lives."          -Northwest Military, 5/15/2014

"Obliterating all notions of what a rock duo can accomplish, Steel Cranes blast out sheets of wailing guitars and cathartic howls that would make Iggy and the Stooges proud."  -Beats Per Minute, 9/17/13

"...think Karen O fronting the White Stripes.", 7/11/13

"Steel Cranes are a Californian duo who make dirty and raw rock music that's shot through as if they don't even have to think. It's simply their natural state of being."  -The Sound of Confusion, 9/7/13

"With a voice reminiscent of Concrete Blonde’s Johnette Napolitano, the band plays a mix of sludgy alt rock that brings to mind everything from the genre’s early 90’s heyday to Black Sabbath."  -Innocent Words Magazine, 11/4/13

"'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 Bay Bridged, 7/15/13

"We have the honor of premiering their first single, “Boat Song,” a hefty, droning five minutes of noise and lamentation. The two women exude a fervent-yet-slow, seeping energy…"  -East Bay Express, 6/27/13

"...nasty noise and narrative nuance shouldn’t work , yet some of these songs recall Rocky Horror (my highwater mark for rock musicals) and some of the weird rock these grungey gals get at recalls some of the most potent twosomes this side of Flat Duo Jets."  -Rocktober, 7/29/13

"With grit and heaviness, the ladies of Steel Cranes are pumping out some solid rock ‘n’ roll jams."  -Magnet, 9/26/13

"While their heaviness can definitely be heard in their music, there’s another layer that also shows a love for infectious pop, and while that may sound like a contradiction, it isn’t and shouldn’t be. There’s a way to be sonically vulgar while offering songs that are easy to remember, making them catchy while you want to salute it with devil hands. Steel Cranes do just that…"                    -This is Book's Music, 8/10/13