New Zealand’s purveyors of high-energy guitar pop, The Beths, channel their longtime friendships into high-energy guitar pop with a smart lyrical bite.
2018 was an incredible breakout year for The Beths. Since releasing ‘Future Me Hates Me’ via Carpark Records/Dew Process in August, The Beths have been lauded from all corners of the globe. Known for their signature sunny guitar pop, technical prowess and frontwoman Elizabeth Stokes’ witty, self-deprecating lyricism, ‘Future Me Hates Me’ received international acclaim from music media including PopMatters and Pitchfork, who named it “one of the most impressive indie-rock debuts of the year”.
Rolling Stone, Noisey, Stereogum and more shared enthusiasm for the band, with Bandcamp hailing title track ‘Future Me Hates Me’ as an “album of the summer” and Rolling Stone calling ‘Happy Unhappy’ ”Song of the Summer” and naming The Beths their “Hot Band of 2018”. To date, the album has amassed over 3M streams and been included on a number of “end of 2018” lists including Paste Magazine, NPR, Stereogum, UPROXX, ABC, PopMatters, The AV Club and the NZ Herald. The Beths also performed coveted sessions for KEXP, BBC 6 Music, WERA, Y-not Radio and Breakthru Radio. Title track ‘Future Me Hates Me’ has earned worldwide radio airplay on BBC 6 Music, Sirius XMU, KEXP, triple j and more.
The Beths have toured relentlessly on the back of ‘Future Me Hates Me’ with sold-out headline tours of Australia and New Zealand, a US headline tour and shows across the UK and Europe, getting audiences hooked on their ebullient sound.
The Beths are lead vocalist/guitarist Elizabeth Stokes, guitarist/vocalist Jonathan Pearce and bassist/vocalist Benjamin Sinclair. The three long-time friends studied jazz at university together, resulting in a toolkit of deft instrumental chops and tricked-out arrangements that operate on a level rarely found in guitar-pop. With the addition of new drummer/vocalist Tristan Deck, the band’s upcoming shows are certain to live up to the hype.