The Beths


8:00 pmSaturday, 8 September 2018


Yah Yah's

99 Smith St, Fitzroy

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From the irresistible title track through to the joyously self-deprecating chorus of ‘You Wouldn’t Like Me,’ people that have discovered The Beths in 2018 have quite simply been intoxicated by Future Me Hates Me and Liz Stokes’s songwriting and vocal range that spans from the brash confidence of Joan Jett to the disarming vulnerability of Jenny Lewis. Stokes and her band of backing gents – Jonathan Pearce (Guitar and Vocals), Benjamin Sinclair (Bass and Vocals) & Ivan Luketina-Johnston (Drums and Vocals) – explore complex topics, like being newly alone and the self-defeating anticipation of impending regret, ecstatic vocal harmonies bubble up like in the greatest pop and R+B of the ‘60s, while inverting the trope of the “sad dude singer accompanied by a homogenous girl-sound.”

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. Beths’ guitarist and studio guru 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.

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