Bethlehem Steel – “Empty Room”

Bethlehem Steel are releasing their sophomore album next month. Despite being their second full-length, it’s self-titled because it feels like the introduction to a whole new iteration of the band. What was once firmly Becca Rsykalczyk’s project has opened up to include new vocalist and songwriter Christina Puerto. Its lead single, “Bad Girl,” was a Rsykalczyk joint, but their new song was written and is sung by Puerto. With the new voice, Bethlehem Steel take on a slightly different quality, more soaring and less constricted.

Here’s what Puerto had to say about the track to Consequence Of Sound:

I wrote Empty Room at a time when I was going through some pretty debilitating anxiety and depression. It’s mostly a song meant to ask for patience from those I’m close to while I figured some things out. As I was writing the lyrics – which are kinda bleak – I kept being drawn to really optimistic-sounding melodies, which I eventually just gave into. It ended up being a good thing for me because writing has a way of forcing me into some pretty intense self-reflection…which is a good and necessary thing…but the way this song came out musically made things easier for me to process.

Listen below.

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09/15 Albany, NY @ Buddie’s Basement
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10/05 New Orleans, LA @ Bank St Bar *
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10/09 Raleigh, NC @ TBA *
10/10 DC @ Rhizome *
10/11 Philadelphia, PA @ Dumpster Out Back *
10/12 NYC @ Chili’s *
*= w/ Kal Marks

Bethlehem Steel is out 9/13 via Exploding In Sound. Pre-order it here.