The Beths

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The Beths
OriginAuckland, New Zealand
GenresIndie rock, indie pop
Years active2015–present
LabelsCarpark Records, Dew Process
Associated actsSal Valentine and The Babyshakes
Websitewww.thebeths.com
MembersElizabeth Stokes
Jonathan Pearce
Benjamin Sinclair
Past membersIvan Luketina-Johnston

The Beths are a New Zealand indie pop band, originally from Auckland. The band currently consists of vocalist/guitarist Elizabeth Stokes, guitarist/vocalist Jonathan Pearce and bassist/vocalist Benjamin Sinclair. The band, which formed in 2015, is known for it use of vocal harmony, using the voices of every band member.[1]

History[edit]

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.[1] 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.[2][3] The Beths were formed in early 2015, and released their first single "Idea/Intent" via Soundcloud in July of that year.[4] 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.[5] Later that year, the band relocated to Perth[6] before returning to Auckland in 2017.

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, 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. The title track was nominated as one of five finalists for the 2018 Silver Scroll award in New Zealand[10], but lost to Marlon Williams[11]. In late 2018, Luketina-Johnston permanently departed from the band to focus on Sal Valentine. He has been replaced by touring drummer Katie Everingham, who filled in on the band's European and U.S. tour earlier in the year. 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."[12]

Discography[edit]

Releases
  • Warm Blood EP (2016)
  • Future Me Hates Me LP (2018)
Singles
  • "Idea/Intent" (2015)
  • "Whatever" (2016)
  • "Lying in the Sun" (2016)
  • "Great No One" (2017)
  • "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)" (2018)
Other appearances

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Artists: The Beths". Carpark Records. Retrieved 12 November 2018.
  2. ^ Hollywood, Michael. "The Beths: Warm Blood EP". NZ Musician. Retrieved 12 November 2018.
  3. ^ "Sal Valentine and the Babyshakes". Bandcamp. Retrieved 12 November 2018.
  4. ^ "Idea/Intent by The Beths". Soundcloud. Retrieved 12 November 2018.
  5. ^ "The Beths - "Whatever"". YouTube.com. Retrieved 12 November 2018.
  6. ^ "The Beths". triple j Unearthed. Australian Broadcasting Corporation. Retrieved 12 November 2018.
  7. ^ "Premiere: The Beths Share New Single 'Great No One'". Under the Radar. Retrieved 12 November 2018.
  8. ^ Bakerstein, D.L. "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. Retrieved 12 November 2018.
  9. ^ "Introducing The Beths, your new favourite Middle Earth-based band". Pilerats. Retrieved 12 November 2018.
  10. ^ Belfield, James. "Simply the Beths: Why this new Auckland band is a Silver Scroll contender". Noted. New Zealand Listener. Retrieved 12 November 2018.
  11. ^ "WINNERS ANNOUNCED FOR THE 2018 APRA SILVER SCROLL AWARDS". APRA AMCOS. Retrieved 12 November 2018.
  12. ^ Gray, Julia. "The Beths – "Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas"". Stereogum. Retrieved 2 December 2018.
  13. ^ "Stream The Reduction Agents Tribute Album 'Waiting For Your Love'". Under the Radar. Retrieved 12 November 2018.