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The Beths Auckland, New Zealand, 2020

Release Date: September 17th, 2021

Available now.

RELEASE PREVIEW

TRACK LISTING

Live Album:
1. I'm Not Getting Excited - Live
2. Great No One - Live
3. Whatever - Live
4. Mars, the God of War - Live
5. Future Me Hates Me - Live
6. introduction
7. Jump Rope Gazers - Live
8. Uptown Girl - Live
9. bird talk
10. Happy Unhappy - Live
11. Out of Sight - Live
12. thank you
13. Don't Go Away - Live
14. Little Death - Live
15. Dying to Believe - Live
16. River Run - Live

Film Setlist:
1. I'm Not Getting Excited
2. Great No One
3. Whatever
4. Mars, the God of War
5. Future Me Hates Me
6. Jump Rope Gazers
7. Uptown Girl
8. Happy Unhappy
9. Out of Sight
10. Little Death
11. Dying To Believe
12. You Wouldn't Like Me
13. River Run

ABOUT

Click here to view the live concert film.

The anticipation is there in Elizabeth Stokes’ solo guitar riff under the opening lines of “I’m Not Getting Excited”: a frenetic, driving force daring a packed Auckland Town Hall to do exactly the opposite of what the track title suggests.

As the opener of The Beths’ Auckland, New Zealand, 2020 expands to include the full band, the crowd screeches and bellows. It’s a collective exhalation, in one of the few countries where live music is still possible.

The album title, and film of the same name, deliberately include the date and location, lead guitarist Jonathan Pearce says. “That’s the sensational part of what we actually did.” In a mid-pandemic world, playing to a heaving, enraptured home crowd feels miraculous.

In March 2020, everything seemed on track for another huge year for The Beths. Home after an 18-month northern hemisphere tour, they had just finished recording sophomore album Jump Rope Gazers and were primed for more extensive touring. But within days, New Zealand’s lockdown split the band between three separate houses. All touring was cancelled.

“It was existentially bad,” Stokes says. As well as worrying about economic survival, they lost something crucial to the band’s identity: live performance. “It's a huge part of how we see ourselves... What does it mean, if we can't play live?”

The band found an outlet through live-streaming, returning to the do-it-yourself mentality of their early days to connect with a global audience. The album and film have their genesis in that urge to share the now-rare experience of a live show, as widely as possible.

The fuzzy-round-the-edges live-streams pointed the way aesthetically. Native birds, wonkily crafted by the band from tissue paper and wire, festoon the venue’s cavernous ceiling while house plants soften and disguise the imposing pipes of an organ. The presence of the film crew isn’t disguised: much of the camerawork is handheld; full of fast zooms and pans.

With much of the material still fresh, the band was less focused on re-invention than playing “a good, fast rock show”, Pearce says. The tempo is up on crowd favourites “Whatever” and “Future Me Hates Me” (released as a live single on its third anniversary) as both band and audience feed off the mutual energy in the room.

Certain songs have taken on special resonance post-Covid. Pearce has found “Out Of Sight”, a tender rumination on long-distance relationships, hits particularly hard with live audiences.

Album closer “River Run” visibly brings Stokes to tears as a mix of achievement and relief kicks in. “You can finally relax at that point … You play the last note, breathe out a sigh and look up - and you’re in a giant room full of people happy and smiling.”

ALBUM CREDITS

Recorded live at the Auckland Town Hall,
Queen Street, Tāmaki Makaurau, Aotearoa
on 6th November, 2020

THE BETHS
Elizabeth Stokes
Jonathan Pearce
Benjamin Sinclair
Tristan Deck

The Beths Production

Front Of House Engineer
Bob Frisbee

Monitor Engineer
Sebastian Hesp

Mixed & Mastered
Jonathan Pearce

LX Design & Operation
Molloy

LX Assist
Sam Clavis

LX System Tech
Stephen Paul

LX Install Crew
Alek Ristic
Zach Howells
Sam Clavis

Lantern Magician
Zach Howells

LX Equipment supplied by
Creative Ambiance Stage Technologies

The Production Co
Paul (Goff) Van't Hoff
Lance Cathro
Theo Turner
Keegan Farrow
Andy Tsang

Venue / Auckland Live Team
Simon Dobson-McRae
Damon Newton
Lara Davis
Sami Vance
Haylee Nitschke

Duty Operations Manager
Victoria Kvasniak

Front of House Supervisor
Caroline Saunders

Food and Beverage Supervisor (Bars)
Alex Smith

Food and Beverage Supervisor (Rider)
Trimz Roimata

Merchandise
Sarin Moddle
Anna Rielly

Publicity
Josie Campbell

Booking Agent and Producer
Anthony Metcalf

Artist Management
Jacob Snell
Apple Bagios

Label
Carpark Records

Artwork
Toby Morris

Stills Photography
Si Moore
Amanda Cheng

Artistic Director & Stage Design
Annabel Kean

Bird Lantern Construction Team
Annabel Kean
Elizabeth Stokes
Benjamin Sinclair
Tristan Deck
Marsha Permahdi
Jonathan Pearce
Callum Devlin

Plant Mammas
Rhiannon McCall
Stef Fink
Hamish Parkinson
Novita Stokes
Amanda Cheng
Ruby Walsh
Shannon Gormley
and Josy Cafe

---

Film Production

Production Company
Sports Team

Directed and edited by
Callum Devlin

Director of Photography
Samuel Austin

Assistant Director & Producer
Annabel Kean

Camera Technician
Sam Mence

Camera Team
Samuel Austin
Callum Devlin
Keria Paterson
Anita Soleimani
Conor Bowden
Sam Mence

Special thanks to
Jack Barry, Charly Draper

Camera Equipment supplied by
Creative Ambience Stage Technologies

A Sports Team Production

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Carpark Records

The Beths Auckland, New Zealand, 2020

Release Date: September 17th, 2021

Available now.

RELEASE PREVIEW

TRACK LISTING

Live Album:
1. I'm Not Getting Excited - Live
2. Great No One - Live
3. Whatever - Live
4. Mars, the God of War - Live
5. Future Me Hates Me - Live
6. introduction
7. Jump Rope Gazers - Live
8. Uptown Girl - Live
9. bird talk
10. Happy Unhappy - Live
11. Out of Sight - Live
12. thank you
13. Don't Go Away - Live
14. Little Death - Live
15. Dying to Believe - Live
16. River Run - Live

Film Setlist:
1. I'm Not Getting Excited
2. Great No One
3. Whatever
4. Mars, the God of War
5. Future Me Hates Me
6. Jump Rope Gazers
7. Uptown Girl
8. Happy Unhappy
9. Out of Sight
10. Little Death
11. Dying To Believe
12. You Wouldn't Like Me
13. River Run

ABOUT

Click here to view the live concert film.

The anticipation is there in Elizabeth Stokes’ solo guitar riff under the opening lines of “I’m Not Getting Excited”: a frenetic, driving force daring a packed Auckland Town Hall to do exactly the opposite of what the track title suggests.

As the opener of The Beths’ Auckland, New Zealand, 2020 expands to include the full band, the crowd screeches and bellows. It’s a collective exhalation, in one of the few countries where live music is still possible.

The album title, and film of the same name, deliberately include the date and location, lead guitarist Jonathan Pearce says. “That’s the sensational part of what we actually did.” In a mid-pandemic world, playing to a heaving, enraptured home crowd feels miraculous.

In March 2020, everything seemed on track for another huge year for The Beths. Home after an 18-month northern hemisphere tour, they had just finished recording sophomore album Jump Rope Gazers and were primed for more extensive touring. But within days, New Zealand’s lockdown split the band between three separate houses. All touring was cancelled.

“It was existentially bad,” Stokes says. As well as worrying about economic survival, they lost something crucial to the band’s identity: live performance. “It's a huge part of how we see ourselves... What does it mean, if we can't play live?”

The band found an outlet through live-streaming, returning to the do-it-yourself mentality of their early days to connect with a global audience. The album and film have their genesis in that urge to share the now-rare experience of a live show, as widely as possible.

The fuzzy-round-the-edges live-streams pointed the way aesthetically. Native birds, wonkily crafted by the band from tissue paper and wire, festoon the venue’s cavernous ceiling while house plants soften and disguise the imposing pipes of an organ. The presence of the film crew isn’t disguised: much of the camerawork is handheld; full of fast zooms and pans.

With much of the material still fresh, the band was less focused on re-invention than playing “a good, fast rock show”, Pearce says. The tempo is up on crowd favourites “Whatever” and “Future Me Hates Me” (released as a live single on its third anniversary) as both band and audience feed off the mutual energy in the room.

Certain songs have taken on special resonance post-Covid. Pearce has found “Out Of Sight”, a tender rumination on long-distance relationships, hits particularly hard with live audiences.

Album closer “River Run” visibly brings Stokes to tears as a mix of achievement and relief kicks in. “You can finally relax at that point … You play the last note, breathe out a sigh and look up - and you’re in a giant room full of people happy and smiling.”

ALBUM CREDITS

Recorded live at the Auckland Town Hall,
Queen Street, Tāmaki Makaurau, Aotearoa
on 6th November, 2020

THE BETHS
Elizabeth Stokes
Jonathan Pearce
Benjamin Sinclair
Tristan Deck

The Beths Production

Front Of House Engineer
Bob Frisbee

Monitor Engineer
Sebastian Hesp

Mixed & Mastered
Jonathan Pearce

LX Design & Operation
Molloy

LX Assist
Sam Clavis

LX System Tech
Stephen Paul

LX Install Crew
Alek Ristic
Zach Howells
Sam Clavis

Lantern Magician
Zach Howells

LX Equipment supplied by
Creative Ambiance Stage Technologies

The Production Co
Paul (Goff) Van't Hoff
Lance Cathro
Theo Turner
Keegan Farrow
Andy Tsang

Venue / Auckland Live Team
Simon Dobson-McRae
Damon Newton
Lara Davis
Sami Vance
Haylee Nitschke

Duty Operations Manager
Victoria Kvasniak

Front of House Supervisor
Caroline Saunders

Food and Beverage Supervisor (Bars)
Alex Smith

Food and Beverage Supervisor (Rider)
Trimz Roimata

Merchandise
Sarin Moddle
Anna Rielly

Publicity
Josie Campbell

Booking Agent and Producer
Anthony Metcalf

Artist Management
Jacob Snell
Apple Bagios

Label
Carpark Records

Artwork
Toby Morris

Stills Photography
Si Moore
Amanda Cheng

Artistic Director & Stage Design
Annabel Kean

Bird Lantern Construction Team
Annabel Kean
Elizabeth Stokes
Benjamin Sinclair
Tristan Deck
Marsha Permahdi
Jonathan Pearce
Callum Devlin

Plant Mammas
Rhiannon McCall
Stef Fink
Hamish Parkinson
Novita Stokes
Amanda Cheng
Ruby Walsh
Shannon Gormley
and Josy Cafe

---

Film Production

Production Company
Sports Team

Directed and edited by
Callum Devlin

Director of Photography
Samuel Austin

Assistant Director & Producer
Annabel Kean

Camera Technician
Sam Mence

Camera Team
Samuel Austin
Callum Devlin
Keria Paterson
Anita Soleimani
Conor Bowden
Sam Mence

Special thanks to
Jack Barry, Charly Draper

Camera Equipment supplied by
Creative Ambience Stage Technologies

A Sports Team Production

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