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The Beths - Warm Blood 12" Vinyl EP - direct audio

The Beths - Warm Blood 12" Vinyl EP

Carpark Records

  • $ 998


The Beths Warm Blood 12" Vinyl EP

The Beths' 2016 EP Warm Blood, being released on vinyl for the first time, was reissued when signed by Carpark Records in 2018. It is a strong contender for the catchiest record you've never heard. Formed when four jazz students at the University of Auckland bonded over their shared love of the pop-punk sounds of their youth, The Beths bring new energy to the genre. This 5-song debut EP, a deliriously pleasurable statement of purpose, comes crammed with enough blissful hooks to carry through most bands' careers.

Listeners for whom the tag "New Zealand indie rock" brings to mind the Flying Nun sound of bands like The Clean and The Chills may be surprised to find Warm Blood's five unstoppable tunes landing closer to artists like Slant 6 and The Breeders. The nimble guitar work here moves from heavy riffing reminiscent of Sleater-Kinney to hazily bending lines that would make Stephen Malkmus and Mary Timony beam, while the joyous vocal harmonies from all four members bubble and swell to ecstatic crescendos that channel The Zombies' Odessey and Oracle.

With impeccable production from guitarist Jonathan Pearce and stellar musicianship across the board, Warm Blood is a non-stop delight. Leadoff track and first single "Whatever," the ridiculously addictive standout "Idea/Intent," and "Rush Hour 3," a playful ode to romance in this era of download-and-chill franchise films, take delight in the challenge of breathing new energy into the limitations of the 3-minute pop song.

The Beths Warm Blood Track Listing:

1. Whatever
2. Warm Blood
3. Idea/Intent
4. Rush Hour 3
5. Lying in the Sun


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