PREMIERE: Bethlehem Steel Demonstrate a Strong Support System in “Govt Cheese” Video

The video for the band’s latest single is full of choreographed dance moves and internal bleeding.

The biggest change Bethlehem Steel has undergone in the two years since their grungy debut is the addition of Christina Puerto, who not only brings additional guitar to the formula, but also a strong personal and creative bond with the Brooklyn-based band of longtime friends. Originally brought on as a touring member of the then-trio, Puerto’s presence influenced the lyrical content of the band’s forthcoming self-titled album as much as it inspired the sound, a cleaner guitar-driven brand of post-hardcore accompanying lines about manipulative men and the female bonds that help you put them behind you.

It’s this particular bond that inspired the band’s video for their latest single, “Govt Cheese,” which sees Puerto and frontwoman Becca Ryskalczyk coordinating dance moves while a man bleeds out between them. “I wanted to show how sometimes certain male relationships held me back,” Ryskalczyk notes of the clip. “In letting some of that go I could grow as a person and find more strength in myself. The dual dancers shows the importance of healthy friendships and a solid support system if you’re lucky enough to find that.”

Bethlehem Steel is out September 13 via Exploding in Sound. You can pre-order it here, and catch the band on tour with Kal Marks at the dates below.

Tour dates:

9/13 NYC release show @ Trans Pecos w/ Cat Cohen and Sharkmuffin
9/14 Buffalo, NY release show @ Mohawk Place
9/15 Albany, NY @ Buddie’s Basement
9/16 Rollinsford, NH @ Sue’s
9/25 Boston, MA @ O’Briens *
9/26 Northampton, MA @ Red Cross *
9/27 Rochester, NY @ The Bug Jar *
9/28 Toronto @ Duffy’s *
9/29 Kalamazoo, MI @ Shakespeare’s Lower*
9/30 Chicago, IL @ Subterranean downstairs *
10/1 St Louis, MO @ Nu Craig *
10/2 Fayetteville, AR @ Backspace *
10/3 Denton, TX @ J&Js *
10/4 Austin, TX @ Mohawk *
10/5 New Orleans, LA @ Bank St Bar *
10/6 Nashville, TN @ Drrkmttr *
10/8 Asheville, NC @ Static Age *
10/9 Raleigh, NC @ Neptune’s*
10/10 DC @ Rhizome *
10/11 Philadelphia, PA @ Dumpster Out Back *
10/12 NYC @ Chili’s *
10/23 Cleveland @ Mahall’s
10/24 Detroit @ PJ’s
10/26 Indianapolis @ State St Pub
10/27 Milwaukee @ Cactus Club
10/28 Minneapolis @ Turf Club
10/29 Omaha @ O’Leavers
11/1 Denver @ Lion’s Layer
11/3 Boise @ Neurolux
11/4 Seattle @ Chop Suey w/ Pile
11/5 Portland @ Liquor Store
11/6 SF @ El Rio
11/7 Sacramento @ Press Club
11/9 LA @ Ham and Eggs
11/11 Phoenix @ Lunchbox
11/12 Santa Fe @ 2nd St Brewery
11/14 Tulsa  @ soundpony
11/17 Cincinnati @ Motr
11/19 Pittsburgh – Roboto

* = w/ Kal Marks


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