New Zealand’s favourite power pop band The Beths have shared band new single ‘Dying to Believe’, and announced they’ll release new album Jump Rope Gazers on July 10.
Jump Rope Gazers is the follow-up to The Beths’ 2018 debut Future Me Hates Me, which received global praise, appearing on many year-end lists including Rolling Stone, NPR, Stereogum, and more.
Pitchfork called it “one of the most impressive indie-rock debuts of the year”.
The album saw The Beths win Best Alternative Act and Best Group at the 2019 Vodafone New Zealand Music Awards. They were also finalists for last year’s Taite Prize and the prestigious Silver Scroll Award.
After touring non-stop for a year and a half, playing to fans the world over, and opening for acts including Pixies and Death Cab for Cutie, The Beths regrouped to write and record Jump Rope Gazers.’
The band - composed of Elizabeth Stokes (vocals/guitar), Jonathan Pearce (guitar), Benjamin Sinclair (bass), and Tristan Deck (drums) - settled down at Pearce’s Auckland studio, where he recorded and produced the album.
Jump Rope Gazers tackles themes of anxiety and self-doubt with effervescent power pop choruses and rousing backup vocals, zeroing in on the communality and catharsis that can come from sharing stressful situations with some of your best friends.