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Dentist’s new album filled with intense power-pop excitement

Asbury Park, New Jersey’s trio Dentist return with their exciting fourth album, 'Making a Scene.'
Cleopatra Records, available on limited edition pink vinyl, CD, and digital formats

Cleopatra Records, available on limited edition pink vinyl, CD, and digital formats

Dentist is back with their exciting fourth album of a dozen original tracks. The Asbury Park, New Jersey trio has a strong fan base which should grow even further with the release and concert support of Making a Scene.

L to R: Justin Bornemann, Emily Bornemann, Matt Hockenjos, courtesy dentistband.com

L to R: Justin Bornemann, Emily Bornemann, Matt Hockenjos, courtesy dentistband.com

The bass driven “Spilled Coffee” evokes sounds of The Go-Go’s debut album Beauty and the Beat’s “We Got the Beat” blended with “This Town.” Emily Bornemann’s bass is offset by Matt Hockenjos’ cymbals. Emily’s bridge vocal captures the stylings of Belinda Carlisle and Emily’s husband Justin Bornemann’s guitar complements her bass. There’s also touch of Blondie at the ending of this track, which has become popular in Dentist’s live shows.

The bouncy “Understand It” begins with Justin’s melodic guitar recalling the pop sounds of The Monroes’ “What Do All the People Know” from the 1980s followed by Emily’s rapid-fire vocal delivery of “did you ever love me” lines on par with Letters to Cleo’s “Here and Now” from the following decade. The energetic “Don’t Le Me Catch You” follows with a touch of She & Him whimsy in Emily’s vocals offset by Justin’s guitar anger and Matt’s heavily beaten drums on this song about someone trying to figure out why they were ghosted.

Emily’s steady bass work on “Let Me Let Go” is reminiscent of Smashing Pumpkins’ “1979” in the slow and steady verses, contrasted by the punch of the chorus on this breakup song. 

The finale “Maladies” softly begins with Justin’s echoing electric guitar and Emily’s line “I can’t think when I can’t breathe,” followed by an explosive Juliana Hatfield-like intensity. The soft and loud shifts take the listeners back to the 1990s alternative rock days.

Dentist will be performing in Asbury Park at the Sea Hear Now festival on Saturday, September 17, headlined by Stevie Nicks. Recently, Goldmine coverage of Wet Leg's self-titled debut album was also very positive. This Isle of Wight-based duo will be at the festival the following day, headlined by Green Day.

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