New Zealand’s purveyors of high-energy guitar pop and 2018 end of year list-toppers The Beths are excited to announce a string of headline Australian shows this March, following a completely sold-out Australian tour in December.
The Beths, who have toured relentlessly throughout 2018 on the back of their debut album Future Me Hates Me, will head overseas this month to support indie rock legends Death Cab For Cutie on their UK/European tour. They’ll back that up with a co-headline North American tour with Bad Bad Hats in February and an appearance at SXSW in March, before returning to Australian shores for their own headline shows and a national tour with The Smith Street Band.
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 1.9M 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 and received airplay support at both US and UK radio (BBC 6 Music, Sirius XMU, KEXP and more).
The Beths have been similarly well received in Australia, with extensive support coming from triple j, Double j, 2SER, 4ZZZ and FBi, alongside positive reviews and kind words from Noisey, Sydney Morning Herald, The Age, Beat and Frankie.
Somehow, the band also managed to fit headline tours across Australia, New Zealand and the US and shows across the UK and Europe into their packed 2018. The Beths also made an appearance at Auckland City Limits, BigSound 2018 and secured coveted support slots for Bloc Party and The Breeders.
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 Australian shows are certain to live up to the hype. Tickets to The Beths’ headline shows are available now via thebeths.com.