The Beths - A Real Thing

Publish Date
Friday, 25 February 2022, 6:00AM

“‘A Real Thing’ is a kind of anxiety dream. It's a bit muddled, a bit frantic, a bit sinister,” says lead singer Liz Stokes. Stokes wrote ‘A Real Thing’ in late 2020, following the elections in New Zealand and the U.S., attempting to reach for optimism about the future, but ultimately playing more apocalyptic scenarios of climate change in her head. Stokes' lyrics include specific references to how New Zealand has dealt with sea level rise in the past: "In NZ people sometimes use tyres and cement to build retaining walls by the water, to try to stop the land being eroded away as the sea encroaches. It doesn't really work." It’s a poignant image for a band that has had to navigate the constant changes in our present moment. The deep bond between Stokes, lead guitarist Jonathan Pearce, bassist Benjamin Sinclair, and drummer Tristan Deck has allowed them to overcome challenging circumstances and that’s present in the upbeat urgency of ‘A Real Thing.’ It’s palpable from the very start and paired with the band’s signature bright, raucous guitar hooks and cooing harmonies, the song races and soars, much like an increasing heart rate. The Beths' infectious and insightful songwriting on ‘A Real Thing’ is an exciting marker of more excellent work to come.

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