The Beths

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★★★★ Fu­ture Me Hates Me CARPARK. CD/ DL/LP New Zealand in­die-pop­pers’ promis­ing, angst-rid­den de­but LP.

Prime mover El­iz­a­beth Stokes’s con­fi­dent voice is so full-throt­tle, so com­mand­ing and all over it, half the time you’d think this was a onewoman band. You know it’s not, when the gruff bari­tones of her three male co­horts un­der­cut her lac­er­ated lyrics with their sym­pa­thetic/threat­en­ing har­monies. Stokes used to be a folkie, thought she couldn’t de­liver the angsty stuff she re­ally cared about. Sur­prise: this hyped-up, ten­der-trashy open-heart surgery – a new Breed­ers, or Elas­tica, and not a mil­lion miles from Court­ney Bar­nett – is ur­gent, whip-smart and solid with ad­dic­tive hooks. From the ti­tle track (“Wideeyed nights spent ly­ing awake/With fu­ture cold shakes from stupid mis­takes…”) to the Ra­mones-y crash ‘n’ burn of Up­town Girl and the vor­tex of dis­torted chaos clos­ing You Wouldn’t Like Me, this is taut, Blondie-cool gui­tar-pop with a fin­ger on the self-de­struct tab.

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