Greenwave Beth dive headfirst into a black and white abyss of chaotic trepidation juxtaposed with self-assured modesty in alluring debut track ‘Make Up’.
‘Make Up’ is the manic first taste from Sydney’s FLOWERTRUCK frontman Charles Rushforth’s. This new moniker see’s Rushforth trade post-punk riffs for a curious blend of lifting synths and drum machines. The video clip is a startling and chaotic depiction of Greenwave Beth as seen through the eyes of acclaimed fashion photographer and director Rudolf Zverina.
Between starting FLOWERTRUCK and settling into the music scene in Sydney, Rushforth began yearning for an outlet to pursue sounds that escaped him within traditional band formats. After purchasing a MPC 1000 and a couple of synths from gumtree, Rushforth created Greenwave Beth by combining the restrictive and industrial sounds of midi sequenced drum and bass with free form songwriting in the style of John Maus and Suicide. The product of this union is highly emotional music that ranges from manic electronic skirmishes to slow spiritual ballads that question the place and possibility of the romantic in a digital age.
Armed with frayed leads and broken pots Greenwave Beth began playing live in early 2016 performing with artists such as Hockey Dad, Mere Women and Big White.
Chaotic and organic, Greenwave Beth performances are explosive and impulsive, Rushforth stares you in the eyes while swinging the microphone like a mace in time with Blackburn’s kick drum as waves of sound break over your head. Greenwave Beth has been electrocuted on stage, fought through riotous audiences and blown up entire music systems, but none of this stops them as they fight through sets like greyhounds.
With a handful of bedroom recorded singles online, the pair release their debut single “Make Up”, an energetic musing on redemption and recovery. Recorded and mixed by Richard Belkner at Free Energy Device Studios, Rushforth’s singing oscillates between strained and urgent against a powerful chorus of hope. “Make Up” questions the power of a frightened mind’s ability to change.
Greenwave Beth’s debut single ‘Make Up’ is OUT NOW.
PRAISE FOR GREENWAVE BETH
“A project that embraces the rambling mind of the 20-something and an unmissable live show”
Charles has always been a charismatic force of a frontman in Flowertruck and he brings a similarly electric performance to this new project.
– Dave Ruby Howe, triple j Unearthed
It’s dark and desperate with an undeniable surge to it.
– Declan Byrne, triple j Unearthed