Bethlehem Steel announce new album, share “Bad Girl”: Stream

Brooklyn outfit's self-titled LP drops in September

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Bethlehem Steel, photo by Jeanette D. Moses

    Brooklyn indie rockers Bethlehem Steel have announced their sophomore album. The self-titled record follows Party Naked Forever from 2017 and is marked to arrive September 13th via Exploding in Sound Records.

    The 10-track effort captures the latest incarnation of Bethlehem Steel, which has expanded to a four-piece after bringing in new member Christina Puerto. Not only did the additional musician enrich the group’s sound, but Puerto ended up having a profound impact on the album’s themes. Specifically, it was Puerto’s tight bond with guitarist/vocalist Becca Ryskalczyk that influenced a good chunk of the lyrics. Ryskalczyk explained,

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    “A lot of the lyrical content on this album is uncomfortable. It’s about men, and being taken advantage of, or abandoned or fucked over. I’ve been playing with the boys in the band for many years and they have always been sympathetic to my experiences, but there are certain things about what women experience that they will never understand, and having another woman as part of the band brought a different comfort and a sense of solidarity. Based on what’s happening in my life, I would still probably have sung about these things, but I don’t know what it would have been like without Christina. It wouldn’t have felt as powerful.”

    Our first taste of the new full-length comes in the form of “Bad Girl”, a track that’s said to be “about all the nights that my brain keeps me awake.” Added Ryskalczyk, “Irrationally telling me I’m a terrible person. Going over and over and over all of the things I might have done to upset or inconvenience another human.”


    Check it out below.

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    Bethlehem Steel Tracklist:
    01. Sponge
    02. Govt Cheese
    03. Empty Room
    04. Couches
    05. Not Lotion
    06. Bad Girl
    07. Read The Room
    08. Four Aliens
    09. Sheryl
    10. New Dark

    To promote the new LP, Bethlehem Steel will tour North America this fall.

    Bethlehem Steel 2019 Tour Dates:
    09/13 – New York, NY @ Trans Pecos
    09/14 – Buffalo, NY @ Mohawk Place
    09/15 – Albany, NY @ Buddie’s Basement
    09/16 – Rollinsford, NH @ Sue’s
    09/25 – Boston, MA @ O’Brien’s
    09/26 – Northampton, MA @ Red Cross
    09/27 – Rochester, NY @ The Bug Jar
    09/28 – Toronto, ON @ Duffy’s
    09/29 – Kalamazoo, MI @ Candy Cane Lane
    09/30 – Chicago, IL @ Subterranean
    10/01 – St. Louis, MO @ Nu Craig
    10/02 – Fayetteville, AR @ Backspace
    10/03 – Denton, TX @ J&J’s
    10/04 – Austin, TX @ Mohawk
    10/05 – New Orleans, LA @ Bank St. Bar
    10/06 – Nashville, TN @ Drrkmttr
    10/08 – Asheville, NC @ Static Age
    10/09 – Raleigh, NC @ TBA
    10/10 – Washington, DC @ Rhizome
    10/11 – Philadelphia, PA @ Dumpster Out Back
    10/1/12 – New York, NY @ Chili’s


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