The Beths

Upbeat indie pop from New Zealand with their debut LP on Carpark Records

The Beths

Mere Mention, Olivia Awbrey

Mon, October 1

Doors: 8:00 pm / Show: 9:00 pm

Doug Fir Lounge

Portland, OR

$10.00 - $12.00

This event is 21 and over

The Beths
The Beths
New Zealand four-piece The Beths channel their longtime friendship into high-energy guitar pop with a smart lyrical bite. Guitarist, lead vocalist, and primary songwriter Elizabeth Stokes and guitarist Jonathan Pearce attended high school together before meeting up with longtime mates bassist Benjamin Sinclair and drummer Ivan Luketina-Johnston at the University of Auckland, where all four studied jazz. After gigging together in a variety of configurations, the quartet came together for a project exploring the pop and rock sounds of their youth. Everything clicked, and The Beths were born.

Their debut EP, 2016’s Warm Blood, introduced a fresh sound overflowing with explosive guitar riffs and infectious indie-rock hooks. Produced by Pearce and featuring all four members on joyful vocal harmonies that recall the best ‘60s pop, tracks like ace lead single “Whatever” and impossibly catchy standout “Idea/Intent” earned the all-killer, no-filler release rave reviews from the New Zealand music press.
2018 promises to be a breakout year for The Beths. A beloved live act across Australia and New Zealand, the band will tour the U.S. and Europe as the wide re-release of Warm Blood continues to get audiences beyond the bottom of the Pacific Ocean hooked on their ebullient sounds. Their freshman album, Future Me Hates Me, also produced by Pearce, arrives later this year, more than realizing the wealth of potential announced by their EP. Fans of artists like Sleater-Kinney and Best Coast should remain on high alert for the first full-length from their new favorite band.
Mere Mention
Mere Mention
Mere Mention is a dream pop/shoegaze/surf guitar band from Portland, Oregon with a sound similar to 90s alt rock bands like The Breeders and Pixies along with more contemporary influences like Alvvays, Autolux, and Beach House. They are currently working on their debut album due out in 2019.
Olivia Awbrey
Olivia Awbrey
Since releasing her debut studio EP, Fight or Fight (2017), Olivia Awbrey has has made a home for herself in the folk-punk and psych-rock communities in the Pacific Northwest and England. Unafraid to blur lines between folk, psych and punk, her style has been likened to Esme Patterson, Liz Phair and Courtney Barnett. Awbrey and her band took her songs on the road throughout the West Coast and to FAI 2017, FAR-West 2017, and the Spokane Folk Festival last year.

Before setting out as a solo artist, Awbrey played in the Eugene-based folk-rock band Small Joys from 2011-2014. The band achieved local success and released one fan-funded album. In 2015 Awbrey decided to tour the US to hone her songwriting and her live performance, managing to stay afloat with self-booked and self-promoted tours. In 2016 she moved home to Portland, Oregon gathered some friends, and recorded her debut studio EP.

Whether performing solo or with a band, whether she's singing about earthquakes, border patrol, survivor recovery, or hit 90s movies like Thelma & Louise, Awbrey has a way of framing the world with a voice that is distinctly her own: with wit, emotion, and a heavy dose of reality.

Awbrey released her latest single, Don't Be Alarmed, on June 19th 2018. While intermittently recording her debut LP with producer Hutch Harris (The Thermals), due out 2019, she is on tour in the US this spring and summer and the UK this September.