Song of the Day #3,938: ‘Whatever’ – The Beths

One of my favorite recent finds is the New Zealand indie pop band The Beths, who released their first full-length album last year.

Led by lead vocalist and sole songwriter Elizabeth Stokes, the band The Beths most reminds me of (in spirit, if not in sound) is Ben Folds Five. Stokes is the driving creative force of a musically tight trio that brings a melodic, punk-light energy to songs about modern relationships. And they have great backing vocals, too.

The Beths’ debut LP, Future Me Hates Me, is a confident 10-song collection that is heavy on hooks and void of anything resembling a ballad. These songs are fast and fun, but deceptively deep.

I expect I’ll be digging back into the album here in future months, but for now, my SOTD is ‘Whatever,’ a recording carried over from the band’s first EP.

[Verse 1]
Blind, you’re blind
Full of breaths and sobs, and shakes, and shakes
Saying you will do whatever it takes
(Whatever, yeah, whatever)

Call declined
Say you’re ’round the corner, fine, okay
You think I will buy whatever you say
(Whatever, yeah, whatever)

[Pre-Chorus]
Now you’re getting me started
You’re pulling the yarn, and
You’re pulling it harder and I think I’m gonna (I think I’m gonna),
You’re getting me started, you’re pulling the yarn, and
You’re breaking my heart
You’re making me want to

[Chorus]
Crash the car, we’ll hit the water
Brush the rock and wait for the maker
(Oooooo)
And if he doesn’t show (Ahhhhh)
Then heaven knows, heaven knows
I’ll make you feel so blue

[Verse 2]
You arrive
Towing silence on a lively eve
Eyes are crying for another reprieve
(Another, yeah, whatever)
And we’re blood and water but my back is blown (Ooooo)
Your shoulders, slumped, are saying
“You should’ve known I’d let you down again”
(Whatever, yeah, whatever)

[Pre-Chorus]
Now you’re getting me started
You’re pulling the yarn, and
You’re pulling it harder, and I think I’m gonna (I think I’m gonna)
You’re getting me started, you’re pulling the yarn, and
You’re breaking my heart
You’re making me want to

[Chorus]
Crash the car, we’ll hit the water
Brush the rock and wait for the maker
(Oooooo)
And if he doesn’t show (Ahhhhh)
Then heaven knows, heaven knows
I’ll make you feel so—

[Guitar Solo]

[Bridge]
Baby, you’re breaking my heart
Baby, you’re breaking my heart
Why do you make it so hard?
You’re breaking my heart

[Outro]
Crash the car we’ll hit the water
Brush the rock and wait for the maker
And if he doesn’t show
Then heaven knows, heaven knows
I’ll make you feel so—

Crash the car, we’ll hit the water
Brush the rock and wait for the maker
(Oooooo)
And if he doesn’t show (Ahhhhh)
Then heaven knows, heaven knows
I’ll make you feel so blue

2 thoughts on “Song of the Day #3,938: ‘Whatever’ – The Beths

  1. Dana Gallup says:

    It never ceases to amaze me how you find the time to seek out, find and listen to new artists like this, and then, of course, to blog about it, but your readers benefit from your effort, so thank you.

  2. Maddie says:

    Just listened through this album and I really love it! Thanks for posting about it. 🙂

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