Posted on September 12th, 2019
[as seen on Consequence of Sound]
Artist of the Month Bethlehem Steel are set to release their self-titled sophomore album tomorrow. Ahead of the official street date, the 10-track effort is being premiered below.
Due September 13th via Exploding in Sound, Bethlehem Steel serves as the follow-up to 2017’s Party Naked Forever. While touring behind that debut record, the Brooklyn trio brought on singer/guitarist Christina Puerto to help fill out the songs in a live setting. The bond that formed between her and singer/guitarist Becca Ryskalczyk ended up being so strong that Puerto was invited to join the band full-time.
Her addition and the resulting dynamic had a huge impact on the songwriting process, especially in the themes that were being tackled. As Ryskalcyzk explained in a press release,
“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.”
Preview tracks included lead single “Bad Girl”, “Govt Cheese”, and “Empty Room”, the latter of which Bethlehem Steel explored in our Origins feature. Listen to the entirety of their self-titled LP below.