So, there was a very cool band who reached out to me back in April, but I missed their email and shows, but I was a bit curious about their band, so I went to give them a listen. I swear that while I listened to them, I felt I was shopping in Old Navy or H&M. I loved it! The music was unique, yet commercial and extremely artsy. The name of the band is Dentist and they’re from Asbury Park, NJ. While many of us would likely stay away from a band called Dentist, I highly advise against staying away from this dentist. In fact, I might beg for a sweet tooth after listening to these guys.
According to their bio, Dentist was formed in 2013, but the band was built around the songwriting partnership of singer and guitarist Emily Bornemann and guitarist Justin Bornemann. The duo had been writing and performing together since their first meeting in 2008 (but I guess they’re married now?). As a band, they released their self-titled debut CD in 2014. Using the strength of their debut, Dentist toured extensively in the Northeast and shared the stage with a variety of national indie acts like JEFF The Brotherhood, Laura Stevenson, Television, Screaming Females, Ringo Deathstarr, and Mrs. Magician, just to name a few. More recently, Dentist recently completed a tour through the South into Texas, where they were able to pick up some new fans along the way. Rounding out Dentist and joining Bornemanns are bassist Nick Kaelblein and drummer Rudy Meier.
Dentist is already planning on touring through this summer, including some of their favorite local haunts. They will be promoting their sophomore CD, Ceilings, which should drop any day now. I mean, after listening to some of their older tracks like “Pretty Lady,” “Batman,” “I Do It Cause I Wanna” and “Bird In A Cage,” I was hooked and am kind of anticipating this new CD, Ceilings. I already got a little taste with the song “Meet You There (In Delaware)” and it sounds like Dentist picks up right where they left off. Their sound might be too sweet to be called Dentist. They are definitely not the style of music I listen to, but I dig this. For more on Dentist, visit Denistband.com.
NORTH JERSEY NOTES UPDATES:
My brothers from Panzie* will be returning to the stage of Arlene’s Grocery in NYC this July 8 as part of a Tommy London Presents show. The Dirty Pearls’ lead singer has been hosting a slew of shows at the popular Lower East Side rock club and this time he brings Panzie* back to the “scene of the crime” before the Dirty ones and Panzie* head out to Los Angeles for a West Coast show together. Also performing at the Arlene’s gig on July 8 will be Midnight Crisis Inc. and All Night Sounds. For more on Panzie* and to find out where they’re performing next, visit Panzie.com.
My new buds from the band One Hundred Thousand, featuring my Aquarian cohort Andrew Magnotta on bass and Architekt Studios co-owner Kurt Wubbenhorst on drums, finally released their new CD The Forms In Which They Appear on iTunes and Amazon.com. They celebrated the CD’s release with a party at, where else? At Architekt Studios in Butler, NJ. The Forms In Which They Appear is sonically amazing and totally worth the listen, or the download. The songs “Low,” “Far From Dead,” “Delivered” and “Goldenjaw” were highlights for me. For more on One Hundred Thousand and their new CD The Forms In Which They Appear, visit OHTBand.com.
And finally, one show you won’t want to miss this weekend will be the Hatebreed show at Starland Ballroom in Sayreville, NJ this Saturday night (6/4). Not only because the mighty Hatebreed is playing, but there are a bunch of my favorite locals on the bill also. Along with Devildriver and The Devil You Know featuring Howard Jones formerly of Killswitch Engage, my brothers Negative Sky, Ashes Of Your Enemy, and Scars Of Envy will also be performing. This is set to be a blistering show for you metal fans! To purchase discounted tickets for this show, visit Negative Sky, Ashes Of Your Enemy or Scars Of Envy’s Facebook pages. For more on upcoming Starland Ballroom shows, visit starlandballroom.com.
That’s all for now! If your band is from North Jersey, and you want some exposure, send your press kits to Arts Weekly, c/o Tim Louie P.O. Box 1140, Little Falls, NJ 07424, or you can email me at email@example.com, where you can also let me know where you’re performing next!
Just remember….We’re all in the same boat, so every little bit of exposure counts!
Tim Louie is the Author of S**t Happens.
NJN Concert Calendar:
6/3—Eternal Black/St. Bastard/Bowhead/Tarpit Boogie—Lucky 13 Saloon, Brooklyn, NY
6/3—Death Metallic/Dirty Black 7/ORBYNOT/Soul Sworn/FireFight—Dingbatz, Clifton, NJ
6/4—Hatebreed/Negative Sky/Devildriver/Devil You Know/Ashes of Your
Enemy/Scars of Envy—Starland Ballroom, Sayreville, NJ
6/4—Velvet Acid Christ/Alter Der Ruine/Xentrifuge/Nero Bellum—QXT’s, Newark, NJ