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The Steel Crows

Orlando, Florida, United States | Established. Jan 01, 2022 | SELF

Orlando, Florida, United States | SELF
Established on Jan, 2022
Band Rock Classic Rock




"The Steel Crows: A New Dawn In Classic Rock"

Orlando’s rock scene is buzzing with excitement as The Steel Crows prepare to unveil their debut album, The Steel Crows. This Florida-based group has captured the essence of classic rock with a contemporary twist, making waves since their formation in Naples and subsequent relocation to Orlando in August 2022. The band, fronted by Henry Minor, has quickly amassed a following, transitioning from local bars to larger venues and amassing over 22,000 fans. Their debut album, releasing on January 12th, promises to be a landmark in their burgeoning career.

The album, The Steel Crows, comprises eight tracks that showcase the band’s broad spectrum of musical influences and prowess. Here’s a glimpse into each track:

Jenny – A heart-pounding anthem with soaring vocals and electrifying guitar riffs. The song captures the essence of a classic rock love ballad, resonating with heartfelt lyrics and a captivating melody.

Straight Shooting Man – This track is a gritty, hard-rocking number with a tale of confrontation and survival. It features robust guitar work and a narrative that exemplifies the band’s storytelling ability.

Take Me Back Again – A soulful, melancholic song that tugs at the heartstrings. It’s a journey of longing and retrospection, showcasing the band’s softer, more introspective side.

The Place Where No One Can Hear You Scream – Darker and more intense, this track delves into the depths of human emotion and experience, backed by powerful instrumentation.

Isolation – A song that speaks to the soul, reflecting on solitude and introspection. It’s a hauntingly beautiful piece that resonates with anyone who’s ever felt alone.

Fight Of Our Lives – A rallying cry for resilience and strength. This high-energy track is an anthem for standing up against adversity, featuring pulsating rhythms and inspiring lyrics.

Nothingness – A profound exploration of existential themes, this track delves into the feelings of emptiness and introspection, set against a backdrop of compelling musical arrangements.

California Sunshine – Ending the album on a high note, this track is an ode to freedom and joy. It’s an uplifting, sunny tune that captures the spirit of the open road and the promise of better days.

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The Steel Crows‘ approach to music production is marked by experimentation and a deep interest in technical aspects, which is evident throughout the album. Their style extends beyond their sound to their flamboyant fashion choices, adding a visual aspect to their energetic performances.

Minor sums up the band’s ethos: “We use music to express our views on various issues and to tell our stories. Our goal is to connect with the right audience, hoping they appreciate not only the music but also the messages we aim to convey.”

The Steel Crows is more than just an album; it’s a journey through the heart of classic rock, reimagined for a new era. From the electrifying riffs to the soul-stirring lyrics, The Steel Crows are not just reviving a genre; they are redefining it. Get ready to experience the resurgence of classic rock with The Steel Crows. - Stereo Saints

"The Steel Crows: A Sonic Odyssey in Self-Titled Album"

Orlando’s own rock pioneers, The Steel Crows, have unleashed their self-titled debut album, signaling a triumphant celebration of rock’s timeless spirit. Rooted in the golden era of classic rock, this eight-track opus melds nostalgic fervor with a contemporary twist, crafting an exhilarating listening experience that resonates with both seasoned rock aficionados and a burgeoning wave of enthusiasts.

Hailing from Naples, Florida, the genesis of The Steel Crows sprouted under the guidance of lead vocalist and guitarist Henry Minor. However, it was their relocation to Orlando in August 2022 that catalyzed the band’s metamorphosis from local talents to regional sensations, amassing a fervent following of over 22,000 fans in a remarkably short span.

The album’s lead single, “Jenny,” emerges as a pivotal moment in The Steel Crows‘ trajectory, propelling them into the limelight and setting the stage for the sonic journey that follows. Tracks like “Isolation” and “The Place Where No One Can Hear You Scream” showcase the band’s musical dexterity, navigating a spectrum from introspective melodies to robust, darker themes. The comprehensive tracklist also includes “Straight Shooting Man,” “Take Me Back Again,” “Fight Of Our Lives,” “Nothingness,” and “California Sunshine,” each delivering a distinct facet of the rock spectrum.

Drawing inspiration from legends like Led Zeppelin, The Beatles, and Guns N’ Roses, The Steel Crows encapsulate their musical ethos in driving rhythms and enthralling guitar riffs. Henry Minor’s songwriting process, rooted in intricate guitar compositions, lays the foundation for lyrics that mirror the band’s identity. Their studio sessions are a testament to their commitment to pushing sonic boundaries while maintaining a meticulous focus on technical aspects.

Beyond their musical prowess, The Steel Crows infuse a flamboyant visual identity into their performances. From bell bottoms to colorful dress shirts and Chelsea boots, their dynamic stage presence elevates each show into a captivating spectacle.

Lead vocalist Henry Minor encapsulates the band’s essence, stating, “We use music as a canvas to express our views and narratives. Our aim is to connect with the audience, hoping they appreciate not just the music but also the messages embedded within.”

The Steel Crows isn’t merely an album; it’s a testament to the band’s artistic odyssey and a bold proclamation of their vision for the future of rock music. This release stands as a milestone, showcasing their dedication, talent, and the transformative prowess of music, promising to etch its place as a significant addition to the rock genre. - Vents Magazine

"The Steel Crows: Breathing Life Into Classic Rock"

From the sun-soaked streets of Orlando, Florida, emerge The Steel Crows, a band redefining the timeless sound of classic rock. Their debut album, simply titled The Steel Crows, is a testament to their journey from local bars to national acclaim, blending nostalgic nods with a fresh, innovative approach.

Lead vocalist and guitarist Henry Minor's musical roots trace back to Naples, Florida, where his love affair with classic rock began. However, it wasn't until the band's relocation to Orlando in 2022 that their sonic vision truly crystallized. Since then, they've amassed a dedicated following, numbering over 22,000 fans across various platforms.

Their self-titled album is a sonic odyssey, weaving through eight tracks that showcase The Steel Crows' diverse range and musical depth. "Jenny" kicks off the journey with its infectious energy, setting the stage for an immersive listening experience. Each subsequent track, from the gritty "Straight Shooting Man" to the introspective "Take Me Back Again," offers a unique glimpse into the band's collective soul.

Drawing inspiration from rock icons like Led Zeppelin and Guns N' Roses, The Steel Crows infuse their music with driving rhythms and soul-stirring melodies. Minor's songwriting prowess shines through, crafting lyrics that resonate with raw emotion and unfiltered honesty.

But The Steel Crows are more than just musicians; they're visual storytellers. Their onstage presence is a spectacle in itself, with flamboyant fashion choices that command attention and add an extra layer of dynamism to their performances.

With their debut album, The Steel Crows are not simply riding the waves of nostalgia; they're carving out new paths in the vast landscape of classic rock. From the dark depths of "The Place Where No One Can Hear You Scream" to the sun-kissed optimism of "California Sunshine," each track is a testament to the band's unwavering dedication and artistic vision.

In a world inundated with fleeting trends and ephemeral fame, The Steel Crows stand tall as a beacon of authenticity and artistic integrity. Their music transcends time and genre, resonating with listeners on a visceral level. With The Steel Crows, they've not only staked their claim in the annals of rock history but have also laid the groundwork for a promising future filled with endless possibilities. - Pop It Records


All my life, I have heard people say (complain) that they were “born in the wrong time” and that they “belong” in eras such as the 1970s. Maybe I’m the odd one out but every time someone says this, it feels as if a year of my life (and sanity) is shaved off. People from all over love to protest about the fact that we no longer have good music, movies, fashion, the list goes on. It’s infuriating because that’s simply not true, not by a long shot.

Our fashion has changed with the people, but you can still very much find vintage style clothing at thrift stores, online, and even from big-wig brands. The movies from before this time are still very much available to watch and share, PLUS we have all the new film works from this decade as well.

And last, but certainly not least, the music is thriving. Maybe not from a mainstream perspective but I can assure you that there are hundreds, thousands, maybe even hundreds of thousands of tiny rock bands working to put said genre back in the masses. Some give it a modern twist, some experiment with it, and some keep it nostalgic like the greats. No matter the band, one thing is for certain: Rock will not be silenced.

The Steel Crows are one of these hundreds of thousands of rock bands. Coming out of Orlando of all places, the trio of young rockers have been often compared to their influences; Led Zeppelin (the gods of rock), The Rolling Stones, Pink Floyd, and Aerosmith. The group consists of guitarist and vocalist Henry Minor, bassist Cole Whiteman, and drummer Aiden Baer and they embrace the old school ambience of rock n roll with all it has to offer. The flashy dressing, the hard hitting nature, and of course; the rebellion. A quote often related to the group states “To Rebel is to Live Freely” and that defiant energy carries itself with grace in their music, particularly their newest self-titled debut album.

Before I dove into the album itself, I got the honor of interviewing Henry of The Steel Crows in regard to the record, the band’s journey, and rock music in itself. To start off, I picked his brain about the group’s origins. “As a group our biggest influences include bands such as Led Zeppelin, The Rolling Stones, Aerosmith, Kiss, and many others. We love the sound of 1970’s rock and aim to have our music emulate the sound of our idols!” He said when asked about the band’s major influences and role models from a musical standpoint.

Being so young, I had to know more about how the group even got into rock music, as it’s a genre that hasn’t been found in pop music since the late 1990s and all of them are under the age of 21. “When I was 13 my parents took me on a trip to Seattle and they took me to the Museum of Pop Culture.” Minor began. “There I heard Rock and Roll by Led Zeppelin for the first time and instantly fell in love. From there I’ve never looked back.” He explained in relation to how someone so young could find rock music in this day and age.

Next, even though I was only interviewing a third of the trio, I wanted to know how they all met. As mentioned, it’s rare to find young people who are so engaged and in-tune with classic rock so for an entire band to form? Completely unreal and kickass all the same. “Cole and I met through our first bassist. He had to leave the band, and he had recently met Cole at school, so he had Cole come in and try out with us.” He said about the group’s bassist. Following up with more on the drummer, he simply said “We met our drummer Aidan through our previous drummer, who had went to school with him and seen him around the local music scene!”

I went on to ask about the group’s development so far, including questions about their lives and creative process. Fans tend to love to learn about the people behind the music they know and love, so that was a driving focus throughout the interview. “Often simplicity is better than flashiness.” He began, “It is very easy to fall into a trap of trying to play the hardest thing you can, or sing the highest note you can, but often that isn’t what is best for the song. The general listener enjoys something they can sing along to and can easily get stuck in their head.” Minor stated as the biggest lesson he’s learned thus far in the industry. He moved on from lessons to discussing the production of The Steel Crows’ work. “I almost always write the guitar parts to a song before I begin working on the vocals. I strum the guitar riffs and start singing gibberish until I have a vocal melody. I then begin writing lyrics, and around this point I bring the guitar arrangement to the band and we put the song together. Oftentimes Cole or Aidan will add sections or change certain parts of the arrangement and then the song truly comes together.”

Life on the road has always been something that’s not only compelling for me, but also a dream. And I’m sure the same goes for others. “As a whole our schedule is very different week to week, however we will outline a typical day on tour for us. We all wake up around 10 or 11 in the morning, and take about a half hour to get ready for the day. We get breakfast/lunch and head out to explore the town we’re in. We often drive by the venue we will be playing at to get a good look at it. We get dinner and head back to the hotel to prepare for the show. We play the show, meet fans, often we hang out with the bands after, then head to the hotel to go to sleep and do it all again the next day!” Minor mentioned with concern to tour life and its intricacies.

One question that I’m sure more than just I have wondered is the backstory behind the band name. Some groups tend to pick a name out of a hat whereas others choose one that’s more thematic or historical to the musicians themselves. “When I was in high school I fell in love with rock music and decided I wanted to start a band. The first thing I had to do was come up with a name. So naturally one morning my mom and I sat in a room and shot names off. Eventually one of us came up with the name The Steel Crows and it’s stuck ever since.” He explained.

To end things on a pensive note, I asked the age-old question that seems to be quite the hot topic online and in the rock community as a whole: What Does Rock N Roll Mean? “Rock and Roll is a way for all of us to express ourselves.” He answered, “We all love the rush of being on stage and feel as though we are natural performers. It’s a chance for us to come out of our shell and try things we wouldn’t have thought of otherwise. It’s a way to connect us to so many amazing people and open the doors for so many amazing experiences.”

It was refreshing and almost exciting to get the opportunity to speak with people my age that hold the same passion for rock n roll. Our generation, for the most part, seems to want to leave that music in the past, so it is a nice reminder that that feeling is not universal. Rock n roll is not only a genre, but it is a spirit, a language, and a way of life. Henry Minor just seems to understand that through and through and surely, the other members do as well.

After interviewing Henry, I got even more excited to review this debut album. Debut records are almost always a huge milestone in musicians’ careers and I wanted to do The Steel Crows justice by accentuating how big of a step this is. The record, which was released on January 11th of this year (2024), follows three singles and a collection of demos from last year that garnered them their initial following. Compiled of 8 songs, I picked two out to highlight, as they emulate the true energy and flair of The Steel Crows.


Isolation begins in a sort of ghostly and dreamy way similar to the music of Rush, Styx, and even Pink Floyd. Minor’s vocals are distorted to layer onto this previously-established vibe of disorientation but it soon picks up around the 1 minute mark as the guitar and vocals suspend themselves into a “harder”, ballad-like state of sound. It is almost comparable to a call and response between the two, as they feed off of each other while the song builds and ultimately falls off into that same astray ambience just in time for the following track. The lyrics, if you could guess from the title, pertain to elements of loneliness and the pitted darkness that’s involved with such a thing as Minor sings “The horrors of isolation have chipped away at my mind. I try to escape the sound of silence but I am still left alive”.


Being the band’s second most streamed song of all time, Fight Of Our Lives is rock n roll no matter how you spin it. Minor’s vocals are gritty and raw, his guitar work is bold, Baer’s fire on the kit is hot with energy, Whiteman’s bass contributions are engaging, and overall, the song seems to have come right out of a fight scene (fitting title, no?). The song’s guitar solo is a notable and worthy factor as it’s heavy on the wah compared to the record’s other songs, but it flows with the vibe The Steel Crows have got going for them; which is, to put it simply; kick ass, ablaze, and puissant.

Moving forward, the next steps for The Steel Crows have yet to be revealed to their fanbase. Their debut album has already received praise from many other than just myself and it has several people around the country longing for the three piece to tour more extensively than in the past (up to the Midwest, perhaps?) Their newest single, All of My Love, is also now available on all streaming platforms. - Purple Haze Magazine



Straight Shooting Man

Take Me Back Again

The Place Where No One Can Hear You Scream


Fight Of Our Lives


California Sunshine

All Of My Love

Rock And Roll Is Here To Stay



The Steel Crows are a young and captivating rock band out of Orlando, Florida whose music calls back to the classic rock sound that dominated the 1960's and 1970's. Their music is a powerful blend of classic sounds infused with a modern touch, ranging from energetic and upbeat songs such as "Jenny", to sexual and powerful songs such as "All Of My Love". Often compared to bands such as The Rolling Stones, Led Zeppelin, and Guns N' Roses, The Steel Crows invoke a sense of excitement and energy with their music that has amassed them a loyal fanbase combining to over 35,000 followers among all platforms. 

In the short 12 months they have been playing shows, The Steel Crows have played with the popular band Cinema Stereo at a sold out show at Will's Pub, and headlined the Orlando MiniFest at local club Conduit. Their debut album has amassed over 200,000 streams, and has been written on in Stereo Saints and Purple Haze Magazine.

Alongside their raucous music and energetic live shows, The Steel Crows place a focal point on the outfits they wear. Often donning bell bottoms, colorful dress shirts, and chelsea boots they have what many people may describe as a flamboyant style. The band is constantly changing outfits, often creating new combinations with every major event along the way.

Guitarist and vocalist Henry Minor sums up the band, "We use music as an outlet to tell stories or let it be known how we feel about certain issues. We don't pull punches when it comes to addressing certain subjects that many people feel strongly about. We just always hope our music reaches the right people, and they can enjoy the music and the message that it's meant to deliver."

Band Members