The Beths - Expert In A Dying Field


10.02.2022 - 19:31- Newsbeitrag



The Beths return with “A Real Thing,” their first new song since the release of 2020’s Jump Rope Gazers.. Last year, the band released Auckland, New Zealand, 2020, a live concert recording that showcased the infectious energy The Beths bring to every performance, and what audiences have been so dearly missing.

“‘A Real Thing’ is a kind of anxiety dream. It's a bit muddled, a bit frantic, a bit sinister,” says lead singer Liz Stokes. “It's what came out of my guitar in late 2020, post NZ election (and U.S. election). I was limply reaching for optimism about the future, but was really just marinating in dread.” Ultimately playing more apocalyptic scenarios of climate change in her head, Stokes' lyrics include specific references to how New Zealand has dealt with sea level rise in the past: “In NZ people sometimes use tyres and cement to build retaining walls by the water, to try to stop the land being eroded away as the sea encroaches. It doesn't really work." It’s a poignant image for a band that has had to navigate the constant changes in our present moment.

The deep bond between Stokes, lead guitarist Jonathan Pearce, bassist Benjamin Sinclair, and drummer Tristan Deck, has allowed them to overcome challenging circumstances and that’s present in the upbeat urgency of “A Real Thing.” It’s palpable from the very start and paired with the band’s signature bright, raucous guitar hooks and cooing harmonies; the song races and soars, much like an increasing heart rate. The Beths' infectious and insightful songwriting on “A Real Thing” is an exciting marker of more excellent work to come, and the perfect way to mark the beginning of tour.

Tour Dates
Thu. Apr. 7 - Paris, FR @ Point Ephémère
Fri. Apr. 8 - Lyon, FR @ Le Marché Gare
Sat. Apr. 9 - Dudingen, CH @ Bad Bonn
Sun. Apr. 10 - Lausanne, CH @ Le Romandie
Tue. Apr. 12 - Milan, IT @ Biko
Wed. Apr. 13 - Munich, DE @ Feierwerk
Fri. Apr. 15 - Vienna, AT @ B72
Sat. Apr. 16 - Prague, CZ @ Underdogs’
Mon. Apr. 18 - Berlin, DE @ Lido
Tue. Apr. 19 - Copenhagen, DK @ VEGA Ideal Bar
Wed. Apr. 20 - Hamburg, DE @ Molotow
Thu. Apr. 21 - Cologne, DE @ Bumann & Sohn
Fri. Apr. 22 - Brussels, BE @ Ancienne Belgique
Sat. Apr. 23 - Amsterdam, NL @ Paradiso
Sun. Apr. 24 - Esch-sur-Alzette, LU @ Kulturfabrik

1. A Real Thing


16.08.2022 - 19:28- Newsbeitrag

The Beths share new single / video
“Knees Deep”

New album Expert In A Dying Field out September 16th On Carpark Records

"A race to the finish line, 'Silence Of Golden' is packed with power pop energy" - Clash

"['Expert In A Dying Field' is] a crushingly wistful account of an uncertain breakup, set to spry New Zealand jangle-pop." - The Guardian

"The New Zealand band's straight-talking, lacerating power-pop single [Silence Is Golden] is a total gem." - The i Paper

"The Beths have always had a knack for making love’s cruel sting feel a bit softer, thanks to their stunning four-part harmonies, incisive lyrics, and catchy choruses. ['Expert In A Dying Field']...delivers on every level." - MTV News

“Elizabeth Stokes is desperate for some peace and quiet on ‘Silence Is Golden’ [...] Antic percussion and squalling guitars mimic the anxiety induced by an avalanche of urban distractions, like sirens, jet planes and ‘6 a.m. construction’” - The New York Times

“Stokes sings with precision on the lead single off the New Zealand band’s third album…[“Silence is Golden”] is roaring, anxious and brimming with existentialism.” - NPR Music

The Beths present the new single, “Knees Deep,” from their forthcoming album, Expert In A Dying Field, out September 16th on Carpark Records, and announce a 2023 North American headline tour. View all tour dates at Expert In A Dying Field is a capsule of The Beths’ most electrifying and exciting output, a full spectrum of their sonic capabilities. “Knees Deep” was a last minute addition to the record and features one of Expert In A Dying Field’s best guitar lines, courtesy of guitarist Jonathan Pearce.

Liz Stokes adds: “I'm the kind of person who wants to go swimming, but takes like ten minutes to get all the way into the cold water, slowly and painfully. I hate this about myself, and am kind of envious of people who can just jump straight in the deep end. In a shocking twist, this is also a metaphor?! For how I wish I was the kind of person who was brave and decisive instead of cautious and scared.”

Hear "Knees Deep" on streaming services here and watch the video for 'Knees Deep' below.

Expert In A Dying Field, the third LP from the New Zealand quartet The Beths, houses 12 jewels of tight, guitar-heavy songs that worm their way into your head, an incandescent collision of power-pop and skuzz. With Expert, The Beths wanted to make an album meant to be experienced live, for both the listeners and themselves. They wanted it to be fun – to hear, to play – in spite of the prickling anxiety throughout the lyrics, the fear of change and struggle to cope. Expert is an extension of the same sonic palette the band has built across their catalog, pop hooks embedded in incisive indie rock.


14.09.2022 - 21:21- Newsbeitrag

Frisch rezensiert.



16.09.2022 - 18:27

Super Band, die paar Songs, die ich kenne, lassen auch wieder Gutes vermuten.
Nach dem Debüt nicht mehr die Band für offensichtliche Hits, aber funktionieren tut das alles dennoch ganz hervorragend.


19.12.2022 - 22:31

7/10 ist eine Fehlbewertung, das wäre eher eine 8,1 (9/10) als eine 7,0. Richtig gutes Indiealbum, das auch aus den 00ern kommen könnte, aber dennoch nicht altmodisch klingt.


30.01.2024 - 10:09

Schließe mich an. Alla, wie's das keine 8 minimum. Konnte meine beiden letzten Spültermine beim Ohrenarzt absagen, weil der Wurm das alles geregelt hatte. Und ein paar der Nummern sind die besten Weakerthans, seit John K. Samson "nur" mehr John K. Samson ist.

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