The Beths – Future Me Hates Me

• “Future Me Hates Me” original music video. Thanks to Carpark Records.

8.2 “Fantastic Indie from New Zealand”

From their album “Future Me Hates Me” released in August, 2018.

Congratulations are in order to The Beths™ of Auckland, who notched up an impressive double of Best Group & Best Alternative Artist at the 54th New Zealand Music Awards just the other week. And broadcast live on the telly for all the nation to see; bet their Mums were LOVING it!

At the heart of the engine are the core two of Elizabeth Stokes (vocals, guitar) and Jonathan Pearce (guitar, vocals), with Benjamin Sinclair (bass, vocals) and Tristan Deck (drums) keeping the wheels turning and the ride smooth. Surprisingly, they’re all trained jazz musicians, but it’s their hooky and chunky brand of indie pop that’s been going down well since they formed in 2015, culminating in last years well-received debut album and sell-out shows across New Zealand, Europe and the UK.

This one finally came to me several months back, further to its appearance in the 2018 Festive 50 (#25) as voted for by the tasteful Dandelion Radio listenership. Things are moving along nicely for the group, with a second album due shortly and a spring tour of the States lined up to support:

March 2020
07 – Auckland, New Zealand @ Villa Maria*
12 – Marlborough, New Zealand @ Framingham Harvest Concert

April 2020
15 – Seattle, Wash. @ Laserdome
16 – Portland, Ore. @ Doug Fir Lounge
17 – Bend, Ore. @ Volcanic Theatre Pub
18 – Oakland, Calif. @ The New Parish
19 – Los Angeles, Calif. @ Zebulon
20 – Phoenix, Ariz. @ Valley Bar
22 – Austin, Texas @ The Parish
23 – Dallas, Texas @ Three Links
24 – Houston, Texas @ Satellite Bar
25 – New Orleans, La. @ Gasa Gasa
26 – Nashville, Tenn. @ The Basement
28 – Washington, D.C. @ Pearl Street Warehouse
29 – Philadelphia, Pa. @ Kung Fu Necktie
30 – Brooklyn, N.Y. @ Rough Trade NYC

May 2020
01 – Pittsburgh, Pa. @ The Smiling Moose
02 – Cleveland Heights, Ohio @ Grog Shop
03 – Chicago, Ill. @ Cobra Lounge

Get it at Bandcamp.

2019-11-26

L to R: Ben, Jon & Liz