American Steel is a punk rock band that started in 1995 in West Oakland. They took their name from a block-long sign on the warehouse across the street from where they were standing at the moment. After playing at parties and smaller venues around the Bay area for over a year, and undergoing several lineup changes, which resulted in a more serious band overall, the band started their first US tour, 32 days and 12,000 miles long. They haven't really stopped touring yet, barring the occasional recording session to record their three albums, and short breaks.

Often categorized as just another Rancid clone, American Steel manages to bring in motown, blues, and folk roots to the traditional East Bay sound. They have opened for bands such as The Murder City Devils, Grade, Hot Water Music, F-Minus, and others. They are currently on Lookout! Records.

American Steel is:

  • Ruairi - Vocals, Guitar
  • Ryan - Guitar, Vocals
  • John - Bass, Vocals
  • Jamie - Drums


  • American Steel(1998)
  • Rogue's March(1999)
  • Jagged Thoughts(2001)