The Bay Area’s American Steel originally formed in 1995. After six years of touring and releases to what at the time they considered little fanfare, the band moved into a different sound and felt the band needed a different name. In 2002, with their new moniker, Communiqué, the band gave it another go with a decidedly different sound and feel. After four years, they gave this too a rest. In the meantime, American Steel had become legendary. In 2007, they reunited as American Steel, signed to Fat Wreck Chords and went back at it. They toured down with The Lawrence Arms to FEST 6 and played to one of the biggest crowds they had to date.