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What Comes Next? The Beths On Touring, Touring, Touring and Summer Swims in 2019

Tuesday, 11 December 2018 Written by Laura Johnson

Over the last year we’ve been fortunate enough to speak with some awesome up and coming bands about some of our favourite albums of the year. But we wanted more. MORE!

So, as the end of 2018 drew ever closer, we decided to find out how they’ve been doing since we initially caught up with them and what they’ve got planned for the year ahead.

After checking in with Tali Källström of Estrons, Goat Girl guitarist Ellie, Bristol punks Lice, and Welsh psych-pop heroes HMS Morris, we spoke with Elizabeth Stokes, leader of Auckland power-pop legends-to-be the Beths.

We last caught up with you during your summer UK tour. How did that go? You'll soon be back supporting Death Cab For Cutie.

That UK tour was really fun and all new for us—our first big overseas run. A big learning experience. One thing that stuck out was how lovely it was to be able to travel into a city and arrive directly at a little music dive that would be right at the heart of a local DIY or indie scene.

You're in each city for such a short amount of time, but it was so nice to feel like you were in the right place meeting people who are so into what they're doing: playing music or running a venue or writing...

You released your debut album, 'Future Me Hates Me', this summer. Have you started working on the follow up or are you continuing to focus on touring in support of that?

We're still touring, but we do get a bit of break over summer (that's winter for you all!) and I'll be writing as much as I can. I find it a bit difficult to write on tour, and I can feel myself itching to exercise that muscle again so I'm looking forward to it. But we probably won't be able to record it until we get a break later next year.

What have been your best band moments of the year? Please let us know all the lovely details.

Well, releasing the record and seeing people's reactions to it has been pretty special. There are so many records that are important to me and that I feel so intimate with, and whenever I have managed to meet someone whose record has made me feel that way I know that I won't be able to explain it and thank them properly, but I try anyway. So after the album release, to then be on tour and on the receiving end of this is something so special to me that I can't really describe it.

What are the band's plans for 2019?

Touring, then touring, then touring. Then recording the next record, hopefully. Hopefully some summer swims somewhere in there too.

Any resolutions for the new year?

I suppose stay healthy enough that we can actually enjoy the good things that are happening. Both physical and mental health are a bit of a uphill battle on tour, but we're learning how to navigate it all as we go. Note to self: drink more water, take your iron pills.

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