The Beths

The Beths is an indie-pop powerhouse whose debut album The Future Hates Me articulates the millennial condition with crisp guitars, stunning production, and choruses that channel the glory days of '90s indie. Hailing from New Zealand, the band plays Clash Symbols as part of a European/US tour.

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Tell us a little about your band.
The Beths is the band I started with my friends after finishing jazz school (I studied on the trumpet). I wanted to write songs and play guitar again and, more importantly, play the type of music I connected so much with in my teen years.

Why did you start to make music?
My very first band was when my best friend Chelsea and I would go busking at the local shopping centre when I was 15. We played Jenny Lewis and Tegan and Sara covers. She decided we were a band, despite my objections that ‘real’ bands had to be hotshot musicians, like the boys at our school who were in bands. But she insisted, and then she made us a MySpace page, which made it official of course. I owe my entire career in music to Chelsea for making that first incision through my imposter syndrome. She is still my best friend and is killing it in LA as Chelsea Jade.

What’s been your best moment as a band so far?
There’s a part in one of our songs, ‘Whatever’ where the band drops down to just me and my guitar, and there are shows where people in the audience will sing the chorus louder than I do, and whenever it happens, and people sing my own words back to me, it makes me a complete mess. It’s so so special.

Who are three bands everyone should listen to right now?

  1. Sidney Gish -  I heard the album ‘No Dogs Allowed’ in February and decided then and there it was my album of the year.

  2. Hans Pucket - our friends from Wellingon, and my favourite NZ band. They just released their first album called ‘Eczema’ and the song ‘Old U Vs the New U’ is perfect to me.

  3. The aforementioned Chelsea Jade - she’s a lyrical genius, a melody savant, and will be huge. Get on board.

How do you prepare for a gig?
We rehearse, I make set lists and try to avoid too much loud-bar-shouting conversation. Guitar is not my first instrument, so after some trial and error, I found I am happiest with my performances if I don’t drink before we play, ‘cause it makes my playing a bit sloppier. But it means there’s nothing to dull the pre-show nerves.

What can people look forward to about your set?
We have practised hard to be as tight as we can be. We are all friendly and nice, and I hope people dance. No slow tunes in this band.

Finish the sentence. If I wasn’t making music...
I would… not recognise myself.