The Beths: “Happy Unhappy”

What happens when you combine four jazz school graduates, ’60s pop vocal harmonies and ’90s alternative rock? You get Auckland-based quartet The Beths. Featuring chief songwriter Elizabeth Stokes at the helm, this Kiwi crew delivers with snappy hooks while flipping the script on gender norms with regards to vocal arrangements (lead vs. harmony).

Lyrically sincere but sonically light, The Beths sound like a midway point between Joan Jett, Courtney Barnett and Pavement, and tomorrow you can treat yourself to their first-ever full-length! The ten-track album Future Me Hates Me comes out Friday and right now we challenge you not to smile through one of the record’s singles “Happy Unhappy“!

Jack Anderson

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