New Jersey based Indie pop surf rock outfit Dentist has released their third album ‘Night Swimming’ via Cleopatra Records,together with their new video for the song by the same name. This follows up the first two singles ‘Corked’ and ‘Upset Words’, which have caused a much needed stir in the musical landscape.
Rightfully earning their place as one of New Jersey’s buzziest bands, Dentist was named one of the top 10 bands at 2018’s SXSW by Mercury News and a darling of critics at NPR, Stereogum, Flood Magazine and more.
Dentist centers around the songwriting partnership of Emily Bornemann (vocals and bass guitar) and Justin Bornemann (guitar), who had been writing songs and performing together in various ways since first meeting in 2008. The band is rounded out by Matt Hockenjos on drums.
The new ‘Night Swimming’ album juxtaposes catchy indie surf pop with lyrical themes about social anxiety and heartache. ‘ Night Swimming’ showcases an aggressive approach to their beach inspired pop with lyrics covering the spectrum of human emotions. Produced by Andy Bova and Justin Bornemann, this album was mastered by Jürgen Engler (Die Krupps, Nico, Iggy and The Stooges, Queensryche).
“This album was an attempt to capture all the different aspects of ourselves and create something that we would want to listen to,” says Justin Bornemann. “Musically we are attracted to rawness and simplicity, but melodically we lean towards a pop aesthetic. The lyrics tend to be focused on social anxiety, heartache and loss, but sometimes reveal love and optimism,” adds Emily Bornemann.
Their strongest release to date, the new album showcases the bands ability to fit pop hooks into aggressive garage punk one moment, then dreamy surf pop the next. The album is cohesive but represents an exercise in capturing all aspects of the band’s personality. The band, who tour consistently, has shared the stage with Television, Screaming Females, Clap Your Hands Say Yeah, Riverboat Gamblers, Ringo Deathstarr, and Laura Stevenson, among others.
Formed in 2013 amidst the oceanfront urban landscape of Asbury Park, Dentist’s sound combines the freedom of the beach atmosphere and the urgency of the city into a fuzzed out, surf punk-tinged brand of indie pop with hooks and infectious melodies to spare. Emily Bornemann’s vocals are countered by the band’s sometimes aggressive, but always addictive sound.
Dentist’s debut album released in 2014, described by Pandora as “a deliriously infectious collection of fuzzy, California-styled, indie pop jangle and sun dappled garage rock crunch”.
Their sophomore album ‘Ceilings’ was released in 2016 to critical acclaim, receiving press from Noisey and Stereogum. Their single “Meet You There (In Delaware)’ found its way onto Spotify’s Fresh Finds playlist and was chosen as one of Daytrotter’s top 100 songs of 2016.
This past summer, Dentist embarked on nationwide tour, running through July and August, in support of their ‘Night Swimming’ album. Night Swimming peaked at number 58 in the NACC Top 200, and was the 9th most added record in its first week.