13 May 2020

The Beths release new single and video 'I'm Not Getting Excited'

From RNZ Music, 8:00 am on 13 May 2020

The song is the second single from their upcoming album Jump Rope Gazers, which is out July 10.

‘I’m Not Getting Excited’ follows the release of ‘Dying To Believe’ the lead single from the Auckland power pop group’s upcoming album.

The track’s about imposter syndrome: “People always ask ‘are you excited!?’” frontwoman Liz Stokes says, “And it's a fair question, because exciting things do happen to us sometimes. Support slots, overseas tours, music releases.

“Stuff we've dreamed about for years. So the correct answer is always ‘yes.’ But the truth is that deep down there's a tiny Liz saying, ‘don't get excited.’

“[Tiny Liz] is certain that anything good that could happen will most likely not happen, because of a freak accident. Or because somebody finally realises that we aren't worthy, shouts ‘phony!’ and takes everything away.

“I wrote 'I'm Not Getting Excited' last year, well before everything really did get taken away. From everyone. It feels like the song has a new context, but we don't know what it is yet. And now we all share a blurry, uncertain future.”

The official video was filmed during the first month of lockdown in New Zealand. The directors Sports Team turned their laundry into a film studio and spent their inside time mastering the art of stop-motion animation.

“We animated old towels, all the cardboard in the house and The Beths themselves... frame by bloody frame.”

The Beths are Elizabeth Stokes (vocals/guitar), Jonathan Pearce (guitar), Benjamin Sinclair (bass), and Tristan Deck (drums).

Jump Rope Gazers is the follow-up to Future Me Hates Me, “one of the most impressive indie-rock debuts of the year” (Pitchfork). The album received glowing praise and appeared on many year-end lists including Rolling Stone, NPR, Stereogum, and more.