Meet The Beths
Meet The Beths
Submitted by Sandy Graham
New Zealand’s indie-pop favourites have announced a North American summer tour in support of their debut album Future Me Hates Me. Slotted to play 22 dates, launching in late June in Wisconsin and wrapping up in Oregon in early August.
The four-piece The Beths channel their longtime friendship into high-energy guitar pop with a smart lyrical bite.
Originally from Aukland, the band currently consists of vocalist/guitarist Elizabeth Stokes, guitarist/vocalist Jonathan Pearce and bassist/vocalist Benjamin Sinclair. Formed in 2015, the band is best known for its use of vocal harmonies, using the voices of every band member.
Stokes and Pearce originally met in high school and met both Sinclair and Luketina-Johnston when all four attended classes at the University of Aukland, studying jazz. Prior to The Beths, Luketina-Johnston was performing swing under the moniker of Sal Valentine. Stokes, Pearce, and Sinclair were all a part of his backing band, The Babyshakes, for various tenures.
The Beths were formed in early 2015 and released their first single "Idea/Intent" via Soundcloud in July of that year. In March 2016, the band independently released their debut EP, Warm Blood. The EP spawned a single, "Whatever," which was released with an accompanying music video in May 2016.
A new single, "Great No One," was released in October 2017. The song was the first to be lifted from the band's debut album, Future Me Hates Me. Prior to the album's release, the bands announced their signing to Carpark Records in the US (who also reissued Warm Blood internationally) and to Dew Process in Australia.The album was released globally on August 10. The title track was nominated as one of five finalists for the 2018 Silver Scroll award in New Zealand but lost to Marlon Williams
In 2018, Luketina-Johnston permanently departed from the band to focus on Sal Valentine. In November 2018, the band announced the forthcoming release of a new seven-inch, Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas. The vinyl features the band's cover of the traditional title track, as well as a demo version of their song "Happy Unhappy."
In early 2019, the band undertook a tour of the UK and Europe supporting Death Cab for Cutie. They recently played various shows at SXSW, including Rolling Stone Live: Austin at Native Hostel on March 15th. After completing the North American tour in August, they’ll head to the U.K. and Australia.
Warm Blood, the band’s EP from 2016, is set to be released on vinyl for the first time. The record will be available on tour on April 26th.