INTERVIEW with Impose Magazine, 8/16/16

INTERVIEW with The Bay Bridged, 8/12/16

INTERVIEW with The Bay Bridged, 9/23/13

"Steel Cranes' unusual approach and airy, open arrangements makes Tango an interesting listen every time through... one of the year's most compelling albums."  - PopMatters

"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

"They shred, but they're not frantic. Their sound lacks any pretense whatsoever, offering raw, relentless power instead." - Bitch Magazine

"Rollicking drums and bass collide with salacious guitar licks...  It's almost hard to believe that the song was created by a duo... Throughout the track, tempos boomerang, transitioning from deep, harmonic chords to explosions of thundering drums and chaotic bass, before easing back down with some titillating high-hats. And, on top of it all, there is Shapiro's languid, raspy voice..."  - SF Weekly

"And whereas it sounds totally all over the place, there is never a step out of march. Even in the seeming lack of control, there is absolute control, an undeniable method to the madness... it’s a tug-of-war between the hope brought with happiness and the hope FOR happiness. And it is worth every step."  - Innocent Words

"Tango is a place where you can dance about the wonders and occasional struggles of life. What Steel Cranes have done is make music that will want you to grip into/onto the attitude given not wanting to let go of its power."  - This is Book's Music

"...they exude a kind of raw, emotive power so rarely displayed in such a masterful fashion."  -Indie Band Guru

"A few tracks bring this gothic vibe reminiscent of acts like Rasputina, while others are purely badass blues punk bangers like The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion, but with a completely different kind of swagger. Tango‘s intensity and vigor never wears thin." - Motif Magazine

Shapiro and Schukle display a raw, sludgy rock ecstasy that revels in its ability to rattle your bones and brain while still reminding you why this sort of raucous sound is still necessary...  they tear down everything in their path and rebuild the surrounding countryside in a way that fits their noisy and cathartic justification." - Nooga

"For those who haven't noticed, one of the biggest problems with twenty-first century rock and pop music is the fact that almost everyone compresses the hell out of everything and you end up losing any and all dynamics that might have been there in the first place.  These two ladies seem to be taking the opposite approach with their songs.  The tracks on Tango have definite peaks and valleys in terms of volume and intensity.  We can't remember the last time we've heard a duo like this... "   -Baby Sue

"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." - Northwest Military

"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

"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

"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

"'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

"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

"...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

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

"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