The Beths announce debut ‘Future Me Hates Me’

The Beths announce debut 'Future Me Hates Me', share title-track and video.
The Beths

The Beths have announced their debut album, Future Me Hates Me. The full-length will be released on August 10th via Carpark Records. The band has also shared their video for the title-track.

Front and center on these ten infectious tracks is lead singer and primary songwriter Elizabeth Stokes. Stokes has previously worked in other genres within Auckland’s rich and varied music scene, recently playing in a folk outfit, but it was in exploring the angst-ridden sounds of her youth that she found her place. “Fronting this kind of band was a new experience for me,” says Stokes. “I never thought I had the right voice for it.”

All four members of The Beths studied jazz at university, resulting in a toolkit of deft instrumental chops and tricked-out arrangements that operate on a level rarely found in guitar-pop. The Beths’ guitarist and studio guru Jonathan Pearce (whose other acts as producer include recent Captured Tracks’ signing Wax Chattels) brings it all home with an approach that’s equal parts seasoned perfectionist and D.I.Y.

“There’s a lot of sad sincerity in the lyrics,” she continues, “That relies on the music having a light heart and sense of humor to keep it from being too earnest.” Channeling their stew of personal-canon heroes while drawing inspiration from contemporaries like Alvvays and Courtney Barnett, The Beths serve up deeply emotional lyrics packaged within heavenly sounds that delight in probing the limits of the pop form. “That’s another New Zealand thing,” Stokes concludes with a laugh. “We’re putting our hearts on our sleeves—and then apologizing for it.” The result is nothing less than one of the standout records of 2018.

The Beths
Future Me Hates Me
Tracklist:

1. Great No One
2. Future Me Hates Me
3. Uptown Girl
4. You Wouldn’t Like Me
5. Not Running
6. Little Death
7. Happy Unhappy
8. River Run Lvl 1
9. Whatever
10. Less Than Thou

The Beths Tour Dates:
May 10th – Dublin, IRE – Workman’s Club
May 12th – London, UK – The Victoria Dalston
May 14th – Bristol, UK – The Louisiana
May 15th – Manchester, UK – 57 Thomas Street
May 16th – Newport, UK – Le Pub
May 20th – Exeter, UK – The Cavern
May 21st – Leeds, UK – Wharf Chambers ^
May 22nd – Glasgow, UK – Bar Bloc ^
May 23rd – Edinburgh, UK – Henry’s Cellar Bar ^
May 24th – Durham, UK – Empty Shop ^
May 25th – Portsmouth, UK – Wave Maiden ^
May 26th – Paris, FR – Le Popin
May 27th – Lille, FR – CCL
June 1st – Berlin, DE – Bei Ruth
June 3rd – Langnau im Emmental, CH – Kaeptn Holger
June 6th – Munich, DE – Kulturstrand
June 7th – Hamburg, DE – Astra Stube
June 9th – Kiel, DE – Secret Lake House Party
June 11th – Brooklyn, NY – Alphaville *
June 13th – Philadelphia, PA – Ortlieb’s
June 14th – Washington, DC – Loves Me Not
June 16th – Chicago, IL – Charm School
June 20th – San Francisco, CA – The Battery
June 22nd – Los Angeles, CA – Make Out Music

^ w/ Fresh
* w/ Peach Kelli Pop