The Beths have shared a surprise single, “Watching The Credits”.
The typically energetic slice of power pop was recorded during the sessions for last year’s excellent album Expert In A Dying Field, and was inspired by lead singer Elizabeth Stokes’ habit of learning everything about films without actually watching them, a perennial struggle in the digital age.
At the same time as sharing their new single, The Beths have also unveiled their Tiny Desk Concert, which may be smaller in size but doesn’t diminish their signature verve. You can watch their full performance below.
The Beths have just returned home from a huge North American tour which saw them sell out venues across the continent. While in the US, they visited CBS Mornings to showcase tracks from Expert In A Dying Field – which was included in Rolling Stone AU/NZ‘s countdown of 2022’s best New Zealand albums – for the “Saturday Sessions.” Stokes and co.’s three-song mini-set featured the album’s opening title track, “Your Side” and “When You Know You Know”.
The Tāmaki Makaurau-based band are in the running for this year’s Taite Music Prize. Independent Music NZ (IMNZ) announced the 10 finalists for the Taite Music Prize 2023 earlier this month, with the winner set to be announced next month on Tuesday, April 18th. The Beths are nominated alongside Marlon Williams, Princess Chelsea, Erny Belle, TE KAAHU, Fazerdaze, and more.
The winner will follow last year’s victor, Anthonie Tonnon, who triumphed with his acclaimed album, Leave Love Out Of This. The prestigious award recognises the best New Zealand albums released in the past year, with the winner receiving a cash prize of $12,500 (thanks to founding partner Recorded Music NZ). A voting academy comprised of IMNZ members, musicians, and industry professionals decided the final shortlist.
The Beths’ “Watching The Credits” is out now via Ivy League Records.