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Doors open at 7PM | Show starts at 8PM | 18+ | $31
Playing a home show still feels special for The Beths, who have orbited in the fertile music scene of Auckland’s Karangahape Road since they were teenagers. Lead vocalist and guitarist Elizabeth Stokes, lead guitarist Jonathan Pearce, and bassist Benjamin Sinclair began playing shows in 2015, quickly winning over local audiences with a low-key approach that disguises a drive for excellence.
After building a loyal following through live performances and their 2016 EP Warm Blood, The Beths signed to Carpark Records and released debut album Future Me Hates Me in 2018. That album, full of fast riffs, catchy-as-hell hooks, and self-deprecating lyrics, catapulted the band straight into a lengthy international tour that saw them support legends like The Pixies and Death Cab For Cutie as well as headlining increasingly large shows of their own. Drummer Tristan Deck, who had played with Pearce on other projects, came on board in 2019 during this wave of touring.
Jump Rope Gazers, released in July 2020, was a slower, yearning follow-up that still fizzes and sparks with pop-punk sensibilities, and was immediately seized on by both fans and music critics as a bright spot during a dark year.
It was named Album of the Year at New Zealand’s national Aotearoa Music Awards in 2020, as well as securing the band awards for Best Group and Best Alternative Artist for the second year running, following the success of Future Me Hates Me at the 2019 awards.
Auckland, New Zealand, 2020 is the band’s first live recording and showcases the infectious energy the band brings to every performance. The accompanying film makes the band’s deep bond 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.
Stokes is responsible for The Beths’ nuanced lyrics, which reflect the various hues of friendships, relationships, and trying to fight against your own worst tendencies. From there, the band workshops each song in Pearce’s Karangahape Road studio, swapping and manipulating parts and building the four-part harmonies that are a distinguishing feature of their sound.
After a southern hemisphere summer spent playing music festivals around New Zealand, new tunes are in the works as the band crafts its third album, which promises to be upbeat and positive: a direct response to a difficult 2020.
Produced by Daniel Gleason of Grouplove, Lunar Vacation’s debut full-length Inside Every Fig Is a Dead Wasp is a vibrant offering of melodious guitars, propulsive rhythm, and fitful, gripping vocals that take on the contemporary strain of coming of age. The album boasts a celebratory sound, a reckless sense of ecstasy specific to fluid youth, and rock-solid friendship. Drawing from early influences like Rilo Kiley and Tame Impala, and landing a little closer to contemporary favorites like Alvvays and Slow Pulp, Lunar Vacation make bright music replete with bliss.
Grace Repasky (songwriter / vocalist / guitarist) and Maggie Geeslin (songwriter / vocalist/ guitarist) met in the eighth grade and immediately began sharing their own music. By the time they were old enough to drive, Lunar Vacation was born. The pair forged demo after demo, took to as many stages as Atlanta could offer them, and added Matteo DeLurgio (synth) and Connor Dowd (drums) to sonically match their songs’ increasingly vibrant spirit.
Shortly after graduating high school, Lunar Vacation self-released two EPs — Swell and Artificial Flavors — which landed them quick critical attention, millions of organic streams, and support runs for Remo Drive, Sidney Gish, and SALES.