The Beths

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The Beths
The Beths, Primavera Sound 2019 02.jpg
The Beths performing at Primavera Sound 2019. L-R: Pearce, Stokes, Sinclair.
Background information
OriginAuckland, New Zealand
GenresIndie rock, indie pop
Years active2015–present
Dew Process
Associated actsSal Valentine and The Babyshakes
MembersElizabeth Stokes
Jonathan Pearce
Benjamin Sinclair
Past membersIvan Luketina-Johnston

The Beths are a New Zealand indie pop band, originally from Auckland, New Zealand.[1][2]


Stokes and Pearce originally met in high school, and met both Sinclair and Luketina-Johnston when all four attended classes at the University of Auckland, 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.[3][4]

The Beths were formed in early 2015, and released their first single "Idea/Intent" via Soundcloud in July of that year.[5] 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.[6]

A new single, "Great No One," was released in October 2017.[7] The song was the first to be lifted from the band's debut album, Future Me Hates Me.

Prior to the album's release in 2018, the bands announced their signing to Carpark Records in the US (who also reissued Warm Blood internationally)[8] and to Dew Process in Australia.[9] The album was released globally on August 10, 2018.[10]

The title track was nominated as one of five finalists for the 2018 Silver Scroll award in New Zealand.[11][12]

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."[13] "Happy Unhappy" was named 2018 Rolling Stone magazine song of the summer.[14]

In early 2019, the band undertook a tour of the UK and Europe supporting Death Cab for Cutie.[2]

A new record is slated for release in 2020.[15]

The band is known for its use of vocal harmony, using the voices of all three band members.[15]

The Beths have received financial support from the NZ on Air and NZ Music Commission.[16] In September 2015, the band received money to make the single and video for "Whatever" from NZ on Air.[17] In May 2016, NZ on Air funded a video for "Lying in the Sun".[18] Through their Outward Sound program, the NZ Music Commission funded three tours as part of their international music market development grants.[19][20][21]

Band members[edit]

  • Elizabeth Stokes – vocals, guitar
  • Jonathan Pearce – guitar, vocals
  • Benjamin Sinclair – bass, vocals

Past members[edit]

  • Ivan Luketina-Johnston - drums, vocals, tambourin



EPs and singles[edit]

  • 2015: "Idea/Intent"
  • 2016: "Whatever"
  • 2016: "Lying in the Sun"
  • 2016: Warm Blood EP (Carpark Records)
  • 2017: "Great No One"
  • 2018: "Future Me Hates Me"
  • 2018: "Happy Unhappy"
  • 2018: "You Wouldn't Like Me"
  • 2018: "Little Death"
  • 2018: "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas" b/w "Happy Unhappy (demo)"

Other contributions[edit]


  1. ^ Enis, Eli (7 August 2018). "The Beths on the Sly Humor and Irresistible Hooks of Their Debut Album". Rolling Stone.
  2. ^ a b Kallao, Stephen; Junod, Kimberly (6 May 2018). "With A Big Pop Sound And Sticky Turn Of Phrases, The Beths Are Taking Over" (Includes audio performance). World Cafe. NPR.
  3. ^ Hollywood, Michael. "The Beths: Warm Blood EP". NZ Musician. Retrieved 12 November 2018.
  4. ^ "Sal Valentine and the Babyshakes". Sal Valentine. 17 October 2013 – via Bandcamp.
  5. ^ "Idea/Intent by The Beths". The Beths. July 2015 – via Soundcloud.
  6. ^ "The Beths - "Whatever"". The Beths. May 2016 – via YouTube.
  7. ^ "Premiere: The Beths Share New Single 'Great No One'". Under the Radar (NZ). 16 October 2017.
  8. ^ Bakerstein, D.L. (10 April 2018). "Kiwi pop-punkers (punk-poppers?) The Beths sign to Carpark Records, re-release debut EP on cassette, announce gnarly world tour dates". Tiny Mix Tapes.
  9. ^ "Introducing The Beths, your new favourite Middle Earth-based band". Pile Rats. November 2018.
  10. ^ Fitzmaurice, Larry (18 August 2018). "The Beths: Future Hates Me". Pitchfork.
  11. ^ Belfield, James (30 August 2018). "Simply the Beths: Why this new Auckland band is a Silver Scroll contender". New Zealand Listener.
  12. ^ "Winners Announced for the APRA Silver Scroll Awards". APRA AMCOS. 4 October 2018.
  13. ^ Gray, Julia (30 November 2018). "The Beths – "Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas"". Stereogum.
  14. ^ Dolan, Jon (23 June 2018). "The Beths' 'Happy Unhappy' Is the Song of the Summer". Rolling Stone.
  15. ^ a b Linnell, Amanda (23 December 2018). "Why The Beths Are The Next Big Thing In Music". Viva Magazine.
  16. ^ McMahan, Tim (11 July 2019). "Ten Questions with The Beths". The Reader.
  17. ^ "September 2015 Making Tracks Funding decisions". NZ on Air. September 2015.
  18. ^ "May 2016 Making Tracks funding decisions". NZ on Air. May 2016.
  19. ^ "Outward Sound Recipients Round 2 2018". NZ Music Commission. 21 June 2018.
  20. ^ "Outward Sound Recipients Round 3 2018". NZ Music Commission. 27 August 2018.
  21. ^ "Outward Sound Recipients Round 4 2018". NZ Music Commission. 7 December 2018.
  22. ^ "Stream The Reduction Agents Tribute Album 'Waiting For Your Love'". Under the Radar (NZ). 12 August 2016.

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