Previous installments of Off The Record festival have taken the groundbreaking step of avoiding announcing the lineup until twenty-four hours before the event itself. This year, they've stuck with the innovative and eclectic curators, but unleashed their well-selected acts with plenty of time for people to acquaint themselves.
It's two years since Black Foxxes unleashed their debut album, 'I'm Not Well' and the record has only improved with age. Now the Exeter trio are back on the road with a sophomore release under their belt and a growing arsenal of eclectic rock offerings which paint soundscapes from a huge palette of influences.
The Beths hail from Auckland and the North Island's idyllic landscapes and sunshine smile are both present and correct on the band's debut album 'Future Me Hates Me', but there's a darker sense of self-deprecation sitting just below the surface and it's this which leads to much of Stokes' lyricism veering towards black humour territory.