The Beths Profile

Sam Smith
Published: 28 Sep 2020
Updated: 12 Feb 2021

From hardened local scene favourites to international indie stardom, the story of The Beths is one of the most feel good to come out of the New Zealand music scene in recent times.

Named after the group’s singer and songwriter Elizabeth Stokes, The Beths formed in 2015 after Stokes and fellow jazz school-trained bandmates Jonathan Pearce, Ben Sinclair, and Ivan Luketina-Johnston wanted to be in a guitar band.

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The Beths, Morningside, Auckland, 2020 (from left): Tristan Deck, Ben Sinclair, Liz Stokes, and Jonathan Pearce.
Photo credit: Mason Fairey
The Beths, photographed for Apra Silver Scrolls 2019. From left: Jonathan Pearce, Elizabeth Stokes, Tristan Deck, and Ben Sinclair.
The Beths - I'm Not Getting Excited (2020)
The Beths' second album, Jump Rope Gazers, recorded in 2019.
The Beths in a photo shoot at Western Springs Park, Auckland (L-R) Ben Sinclair, Liz Stokes, Jonathan Pearce.
Photo credit: Mason Fairey
The Beths - Out of Sight (2020)
Elizabeth Stokes, onstage with the Beths at the Splendour in the Grass festival, Australia, 2019.
Photo credit: Claudia Ciapocha
The Beths: an image from the Jump Rope Gazers release, 2020. 
The Beths tour Wellington, Auckland, and Christchurch, November 2019. 
The Beths - Future Me Hates Me (2018)
Elizabeth Stokes of The Beths at Jonathan Pearce's K Road studio, Auckland, 2019.
Photo credit: Amanda Cheng
The Beths live on KEXP Seattle, October 2018
The Beths - Live From House (part 1 of 4 live streams during Covid-19 lockdown in NZ)
Benjamin Sinclair, Elizabeth Stokes & Jonathan Pearce from The Beths sit down with RNZ Music's Tony Stamp, onsite at Jonathan's studio on K Rd in Auckland. (2018)
The Beths on tour, October 2018: Jonathan Pearce, Christopher Pearce, Katie Everingham.
The Beths on tour (L-R): Jonathan Pearce, Ben Sinclair, Tristan Deck, and Liz Stokes. 
The Beths - You Wouldn't Like Me (2018)
Elizabeth Stokes at the Splendour in the Grass festival, Australia, 2019.
Photo credit: Claudia Ciapocha
Elizabeth Stokes at the Splendour in the Grass festival, Australia, 2019.
Photo credit: Claudia Ciapocha
Ben Sinclair of The Beths records vocal tracks at the K Road studio, Auckland. 
The Beths performing a headline show at the Dome in London with Hans Pucket.
Katie Everingham on drums, The Beths.
Jonathan Pearce of The Beths.
The Beths, Western Springs Park, Auckland. From left: Ben Sinclair, Jonathan Pearce, Elizabeth Stokes.
Photo credit: Mason Fairey
Jonathan Pearce on guitar and Katie Everingham on drums, The Beths on tour, 2018.
The Beths' second album, Jump Rope Gazers (2019). 
The Beths - Jump Rope Gazers (2020)
The Beths - Dying To Believe (2020)
The Beths - Uptown Girl (2018)
The Beths - Lying In the Sun (from the Warm Blood EP, 2016)
The Beths (L-R): Jonathan Pearce, Tristan Deck, Ben Sinclair, and Liz Stokes. 
Photo credit: Mason Fairey
The Beths - 'Out of Sight' live at RNZ, July 2020
The Beths perform 'Happy Unhappy' live in the RNZ Auckland studio, 2017.
Ben Sinclair, onstage with the Beths at the Splendour in the Grass festival, Australia, 2019.
Photo credit: Claudia Ciapocha
Elizabeth Stokes of The Beths at Jonathan Pearce's K Road studio, Auckland.
The Beths (from left): Jonathan Pearce, Elizabeth Stokes, Ben Sinclair, and Tristan Deck.
Photo credit: Amanda Cheng
Elizabeth Stokes, The Beths.
The Beths' rhythm section: Tristan Deck and Ben Sinclair. 
The Beths pose for a celebratory photo for their performance at Real Groovy, Auckland.
The Beths 'Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas' - live at RNZ, December 2018.
The Beths, Auckland (L-R): Elizabeth Stokes, Jonathan Pearce, Ben Sinclair.
Photo credit: Mason Fairey
The Beths - Little Death (2018)
The Beths - Dying To Believe (2020)
The Beths - Happy Unhappy (2018)
Liz Stokes on tour with The Beths, 2018.
Elizabeth Stokes and Jonathan Pearce of The Beths.
The Beths' Christmas EP, Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas (2018).
The Beths - Whatever (2016)
The Beths' debut album, Future Me Hates Me, recorded at Jonathan Pearce’s Karangahape Road studio, and released in 2018 by Carpark Records. 
The Beths' debut EP, Warm Blood (2016). 
The Beths live at Paste Studio, Austin TX, March 2019
The Beths rhythm section rehearsing: Ivan Luketina-Johnston, Ben Sinclair. 
The Beths on tour, June 2018. From left: Christopher Pearce, Jonathan Pearce, Liz Stokes, Katie Everingham.
The Beths - Little Death, live at VNZMA, 2019
The Beths (from left): Jonathan Pearce, Ben Sinclair, Liz Stokes, Tristan Deck, and Ben Sinclair. 
Photo credit: Amanda Cheng
Jonathan Pearce, onstage with the Beths at the Splendour in the Grass festival, Australia, 2019.
Photo credit: Claudia Ciapocha
Elizabeth Stokes, The Beths.
The Beths' second album, Jump Rope Gazers (Carpark Records, 2019). 
The Beths - 'I'm Not Getting Excited' live at RNZ, July 2020
Labels:

Carpark Records

Members:

Elizabeth Stokes - vocals, guitar

Jonathan Pearce - guitar, vocals

Ben Sinclair - guitar, vocals

Tristan Deck - drums, vocals

Ivan Luketina-Johnston - drums, vocals

Katie Everingham - drums

Chris Pearce - bass