August 11th, 2021

Playing a home show still feels special for The Beths, who began playing shows in 2015 and quickly won over local audiences with a low-key approach that disguised their drive for excellenceThe band announced its first live recording and film, Auckland, New Zealand, 2020, out September 17th on Carpark Records. The announcement also comes on the three-year anniversary of the release of their debut album, Future Me Hates MeAuckland, New Zealand, 2020 showcases the infectious energy The Beths bring to every performance. 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. “Watching the film for the first time brought back all the emotions of 2020 for us. Sports Team have done such an amazing job of capturing the mix of anxiety and simple joy that was touring music in NZ at the time. We are so grateful that it happened and grateful to have it documented with so much love and care,” says lead vocalist/guitarist Elizabeth Stokes.

After building a loyal following through live performances and their 2016 EP Warm Blood, The Beths signed to Carpark Records and released the debut album, Future Me Hates Me, in 2018. Jump Rope Gazers, released in July 2020, was a slower, yearning follow-up that still fizzes and sparks with pop-punk sensibilities.

Auckland, New Zealand, 2020 has its genesis in an urge to share the now-rare experience of a live show as widely as possible. The accompanying film makes the deep bond Stokes, lead guitarist Jonathan Pearce, bassist Benjamin Sinclair, and drummer Tristan Deck clearer than ever: capturing the in-jokes they share with audiences during on-stage banter, and foregrounding their mutual preoccupations with the game of cricket and New Zealand’s native birds. It’s a collective exhalation, in one of the few countries where live music is still possible. They deliberately include the date and location, because “That’s the sensational part of what we actually did,” says Pearce. In a mid-pandemic world, playing to a heaving, enraptured home crowd feels miraculous.

The band will follow up the release of Auckland, New Zealand, 2020 with a North American headline tour in 2022. “Our last North American tour was in summer of 2019, which feels like a century ago.

There is no way to describe how much we have wanted to be over there playing music. Finally it is happening?! See you soon. xo,” says Liz.

Tour Dates:

Fri. Sept. 17, 2021 – Auckland, NZ @ The Others Way

Tue. Sept. 28, 2021 – Auckland, NZ @ Whammy Bar

Wed. Sept. 29, 2021 – Auckland, NZ @ Whammy Bar

Thu. Sept. 30, 2021 – Auckland, NZ @ Whammy Bar

Fri. Oct. 1, 2021 – Auckland, NZ @ Whammy Bar

Sat. Oct. 2, 2021 – Auckland, NZ @ Whammy Bar

Fri. Oct. 22, 2021 – Tauranga, NZ @ Tauranga Arts Festival

Sat. Oct. 23, 2021 – Hawke’s Bay, NZ @ Labour of Love

Fri. Oct. 29, 2021 – Wellington, NZ @ San Fran

Sat. Oct. 30, 2021 – Wellington, NZ @ College of Creative Arts, Massey University (AA show)

Sun. Oct. 31, 2021 – Nelson, NZ @ Nelson Arts Festival

Thu. Nov. 4 – Sydney, NSW @ Factory Theatre

Fri. Nov. 5 – Brisbane, QLD @  The Zoo

Sat. Nov. 6 – Melbourne, VIC @ The Night Cat

Sat. Dec. 4 – Auckland, NZ @ The Outerfields

Thu. Jan. 20, 2022 – Washington, D.C. @ Black Cat

Fri. Jan. 21, 2022 – Philadelphia, PA @ Underground Arts

Sat. Jan. 22, 2022 – New York, NY @ Rough Trade (in-store signing)

Sat. Jan. 22, 2022 – New York, NY @ Webster Hall

Sun. Jan. 23, 2022 – Boston, MA @ The Sinclair

Tue. Jan. 25, 2022 – Montreal, QC @ Bar Le Ritz

Wed. Jan. 26, 2022 – Toronto, ON @ Lee’s Palace

Fri. Jan. 28, 2022 – Chicago, IL @ Metro

Wed. Feb. 2, 2022 – Calgary, AB @ Commonwealth

Fri. Feb. 4, 2022 – Vancouver, BC @ Biltmore Cabaret

Sat. Feb. 5, 2022 – Seattle, WA @ Neumos

Sun. Feb. 6, 2022 – Portland, OR @ Wonder Ballroom

Tue. Feb. 8, 2022 – San Francisco, CA @ The Independent

Thu. Feb. 10, 2022 – Los Angeles, CA @ Regent Theater

Sat. Feb. 12, 2022 – Phoenix, AZ @ Valley Bar

Tue. Feb. 15, 2022 – Austin, TX @ Parish

Wed. Feb. 16, 2022 – Dallas, TX @ Club Dada

Fri. Feb. 18, 2022 – Atlanta, GA @ Masquerade (Hall)

Sat. Feb. 19, 2022 – Nashville, TN @ Mercy Lounge

Sun. Mar. 27, 2022 – Southampton, UK @ The Loft

Mon. Mar. 28, 2022 – Leeds, UK @ Brudenell Social Club

Tue. Mar. 29, 2022 – Glasgow, UK @ St Luke’s

Thu. Mar. 31, 2022 – Manchester, UK @ Club Academy

Fri. Apr. 1, 2022 – Bristol, UK @ SWX

Sat. Apr. 2, 2022 – Birmingham, UK @ The Castle and Falcon

Mon. Apr. 4, 2022 – London, UK @ O2 Forum Kentish Town

Tue. Apr. 5, 2022 – Brighton, UK @ Concorde II

Thu. Apr. 7, 2022 – Paris, FR @ Point Ephémère

Fri. Apr. 8, 2022 – Lyon, FR @ Le Marché Gare

Sat. Apr. 9, 2022 – Dudingen, CH @ Bad Bonn

Sun. Apr. 10, 2022 – Lausanne, CH @ Le Romandie

Tue. Apr. 12, 2022 – Milan, IT @ Biko

Wed. Apr. 13, 2022 – Munich, DE @ Feierwerk

Fri. Apr. 15, 2022 – Vienna, AT @ B72

Sat. Apr. 16, 2022 – Prague, CZ @ Underdogs’

Mon. Apr. 18, 2022 – Berlin, DE @ Lido

Tue. Apr. 19, 2022 – Copenhagen, DK @ VEGA Ideal Bar

Wed. Apr. 20, 2022 – Hamburg, DE @ Molotow

Thu. Apr. 21, 2022 – Cologne, DE @ Bumann & Sohn

Fri. Apr. 22, 2022 – Brussels, BE @ Ancienne Belgique

Sat. Apr. 23, 2022 – Amsterdam, NL @ Paradiso

Sun. Apr. 24, 2022 – Esch-sur-Alzette, LU @ Kulturfabrik

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