Thursday, February 10, 2022

The Beths - "A Real Thing"

Photo by Frances Carter

We're huge fans of The Beths here, and I assume you are, too. The New Zealand band have this absolutely flawless mix of indie rock and indie pop. It reminds me a ton of some of my favorite mid 90's power pop, but amped up and bouncier, in the best possible way. They just released a new single, "A Real Thing," and it's exactly what we want from The Beths. It's filled with fuzzed out guitars and catchy hooks and is just a pure joy to listen to, despite its subject matter.

Liz Stokes explains the inspiration of her band's new song:

 “‘A Real Thing’ is a kind of anxiety dream. It's a bit muddled, a bit frantic, a bit sinister. 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. 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."

You can watch the video for "A Real Thing" below. The song is currently available as a single here. For more on The Beths, check out the band's website. Current tour dates are below the video.

Thu. Feb. 10 - Los Angeles, CA @ Regent Theater (SOLD OUT)
Fri. Feb. 11 - Pioneertown, CA @ Pappy & Harriet’s (SOLD OUT)
Sat. Feb. 12 - Phoenix, AZ @ Valley Bar
Tue. Feb. 15 - Austin, TX @ Empire Garage
Wed. Feb. 16 - Dallas, TX @ Club Dada (SOLD OUT)
Fri. Feb. 18 - Atlanta, GA @ Masquerade (Hell) (SOLD OUT)
Sat. Feb. 19 - Nashville, TN @ Mercy Lounge
Wed. Feb. 23 - New York, NY @ Webster Hall (SOLD OUT)
Thu. Feb. 24 - Philadelphia, PA @ Underground Arts (SOLD OUT)
Fri. Feb. 25 - Washington, DC @ Black Cat (SOLD OUT)
Sat. Feb. 26 - Boston, MA @ Royale
Mon. Feb. 28 - Hamden, CT @ Space Ballroom
Wed. Mar. 2 - Chicago, IL @ Metro
Fri. Mar. 4 - Minneapolis, MN @ Fine Line
Thu. Mar. 10 - Sydney, AU @ The Factory Theatre (SOLD OUT)
Fri. Mar. 11 - Brisbane, AU @ The Zoo (SOLD OUT)
Sat. Mar. 12 - Melbourne, AU @ The Night Cat (SOLD OUT)
Sun. Mar. 27 - Southampton, UK @ The Loft
Mon. Mar. 28 - Leeds, UK @ Brudenell Social Club (SOLD OUT)
Tue. Mar. 29 - Glasgow, UK @ St Luke’s
Thu. Mar. 31 - Manchester, UK @ Club Academy
Sat. Apr. 2 - Birmingham, UK @ The Castle and Falcon
Sun. Apr. 3 - Bristol, UK @ Exchange
Mon. Apr. 4 - London, UK @ O2 Forum Kentish Town
Tue. Apr. 5 - Brighton, UK @ Concorde II
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
Sat. Jul. 24 - Seattle, WA @ Capitol Hill Block Party
Sun. Aug. 14 - Toronto, ON @ Lee's Palace

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