Dentist, Velvet Bethany, tuesday nite, Starjuice

Thursday, September 28, 7pm doors/8pm show, $10 advance/$12 day of show **

Dentist, Velvet Bethany, tuesday nite, Starjuice


New Jersey indie power-pop


Velvet Bethany

tuesday nite



Dentist comes from the oceanfront urban landscape of Asbury Park, New Jersey. Their 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. The ethereal vocals of Emily Bornemann are countered by the sometimes aggressive, but always addictive sounds of Justin Bornemann on guitar and Matt Hockenjos on drums.

         Dentist formed in 2013, built around the songwriting partnership of Emily and Justin. The pair had been writing songs and performing together in various ways since their first meeting at the legendary punk hangout, TGI Friday’s. The band released their self-titled debut album in 2014, which Pandora described as “a deliriously infectious collection of fuzzy, California-styled, indie pop jangle and sun dappled garage rock crunch.”

         Dentist released their sophomore album, Ceilings in the summer of 2016 via Little Dickman Records to critical acclaim.  The band began touring regularly and Dentist’s notoriety continued to grow along the way. During this time period Dentist received praise from the likes of Stereogum, Noisey, Flood Magazine, and Collide and were also named one of the top bands at SXSW 2018 by The Mercury News and NPR’s Sound Opinions.

         Dentist released their third album Night Swimming in July of 2018 on Cleopatra Record. Their strongest release to date, the album was described by The A.V. Club as having, “tight chemistry, killer hooks, and a distinctive sound that’s both lo-fi and retro-pop smooth.”  Following the release, Dentist embarked on a month long tour across the country. Dentist has been on bills with many national acts.  The list includes Television, A Giant Dog, White Reaper, Modest Mouse, Laura Stevenson, Mrs. Magician, Death by Unga Bunga, GYMSHORTS, River Boat Gamblers, Clap Your Hands Say Yeah, and Spider Bags to name a few.  In the fall of 2019, Dentist joined fellow Asbury Park duo Brick + Mortar on a 5 week US tour. They released the single “Someone Like You,” which was featured on Taco Bell’s ‘Feed the Beat’ website.

         The beginning of 2020 was full of promise, but it took a hard turn that no one expected. Instead of making music that reflected on the depression that set in during lockdown, Dentist decided to work on an album that would inspire them and their listeners to hang in there and look forward to better times ahead. Dentist’s 4th album was released in September 2022 via Cleopatra Records. Goldmine Magazine boasted, “intense power-pop excitement.” New Noise Magazine vowed, “their strongest album yet.” The Punk Site declared, “easily this trio’s most accomplished, catchy and engaging album to date.” Glide Magazine added, “all sorts of ’90s power-pop vibes.” In addition, their most recent single “New Dress” was added to Spotify-curated playlist Fresh Finds: Rock. In October, the song “Spilled Coffee” was licensed by Hulu for their new show Power Trip. In September 2022, Dentist performed at Sea Hear Now Festival on the beach in New Jersey along with Green Day, Stevie Nicks, Boy George & Culture Club, My Morning Jacket, Gary Clark Jr. and others.

“intense power-pop excitement” -Goldmine Magazine

“all sorts of ’90s power-pop vibes” -Glide Magazine

“Thanks to tight chemistry, killer hooks, and a distinctive sound that’s both lo-fi and retro-pop smooth, New Jersey’s Dentist have managed to stand out amid a sea of like-minded musical acts. The band’s sunny indie-surf sound and energetic, four-on-the-floor rock belies the subtle and dark lyrics often hiding beneath the sweet exterior” – The A.V. Club

“Dentist make beachy guitar music sound so good you’ll think it’s just as easy to play.” – Noisey

Dentist have precision and technicality that borders on math rock, but they also know how to temper their muisicality for deft variations of energy and aesthetic.” – Stereogum

One of “SXSW’s Top 10 Bands” in 2018. – The Mercury News 

“Dentist’s eponymous debut is a deliriously infectious collection of fuzzyCalifornia styled, indie-pop jangle and sun-dappled,garage-rock crunch.”  – Pandora

“Similar saccharine-fueled high you got from The Cardigans ‘My Favourite Game’ and The Primitives ‘Crash’. Jane Weidlin-like vocals that scream innocence amidst a vibrantl beach guitar sound, as championed by Fazerdaze, Alvvays and Best Coast” – Louder Than War

“Emily Bornemann’s vocal melody floats on a coastal breeze, it’s one that seems to have crossed the Atlantic to get to her”- Flood Magazine

This Asbury Park surf band is putting smiles on a lot of people’s faces with their irreverent charm and lo-fi power – Asbury Park Press

“Much has been said and written about female fronted bands, good and bad. I don’t care about all that shit. I care whether the band is good or not, whether they “rock” or not. Dentist does.” – Jersey Beat 

– Currently on Los Angeles label Cleopatra Records

– Toured the US & Canada multiple times

– Featured on Spotify’s fresh finds playlist multiple times

– Recently had single “Spilled Coffee” featured on the Hulu show Power Trip

– Selected as Five Guys artist of the month with streaming in all 1400+ locations

– Performed at major music festivals including SXSW, Sea Hear Now, Treefort, MusikFest & more

“Song of the Year” – Asbury Park Music Awards, 2014

“Song of the Year” – Asbury Park Music Awards, 2016

“Song of the Year” – Asbury Park Music Awards, 2018

“Top Indie/Alt. Rock Band” – Asbury Park Music Awards, 2018


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Sep 28 2023


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