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 the rest of the band. In addition to Emily on rhythm guitar, those sounds are generated by Justin Bornemann (guitar), Nick Kaelblein (bass), and Rudy Meier (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 in 2008 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.”

On the strength of their debut, Dentist toured extensively in the Northeast and shared the stage with a variety of national acts, including JEFF the Brotherhood, Laura Stevenson, Television, Screaming Females, Ringo Deathstarr, Mrs. Magician, and more. More recently, the band completed a tour through the American South over to Texas, picking up new fans along the way. Dentist is already planning on touring through summer 2016; in the meantime they’ll still be hitting their favorite East Coast haunts. 

Dentist will be releasing their sophomore album, Ceilings, this June via Asbury Park’s Little Dickman Records. For the second time, the band worked with Andy Bova at Simple Sound Studios. Ceilings builds on the sounds of the debut album while managing to retain all of the irresistible elements that made the first record a compelling listen. Showcasing their evolution as a band, the songs have a new sense of space and airiness: Emily’s vocals come to the foreground, and Dentist explores new ground, lyrically and sonically.

At its core, Ceilings is still the sun-soaked party, the addictive listen begging to be put on repeat - however, just below the surface, is a depth that reveals a band truly hitting their stride.