DENS is a four piece rock band from Richmond, Virginia. They signed to Facedown Records to release No Small Tempest EP in 2018. It was recieved with positive reception from critics and fans of the label alike. In January of 2020, they announced their follow-up and full length album, Taming Tongues. It is set to release March 6th, 2020.
Dens have always found their mission in using music as a platform to creatively and honestly explore themes of faith, hope, redemption, and grace. In 2018 the band released their guitar-driven post-rock Facedown debut EP No Small Tempest and won the hearts of Facedown fans with their outstanding, singable choruses. Now the revelatory new album from Dens comes to grips with the current state of shattered communication and subjective truths. Taming Tongues explores how words can be life-giving or destructive, and emotions can be the salt of life or the fuel that gets thrown on a fire. Dens’ ability to walk the line between heavy and ambient is fortified on Taming Tongues, with unforgettable vocal hooks and melodies that give the passionate message a solid place to land.
DENS have found a perfect niche in the space between energetic rock and contemplative ambience. They create an experience that drowns the listener in guitar-driven post-rock and vocal hooks while leaving plenty of room for lyrical exploration. From a wide view DENS are a rock band, although the nuances in their sound send tendrils out into shoegaze, ambient, post-rock, and indie rock concepts. These subtleties put them right at home with Facedown labelmates My Epic, Everything In Slow Motion, and Comrades.
The band self-released their debut From Small Seeds Come Giant Trees in 2016, and the single Hopebringer with Come&Live in 2017. Now Facedown Records is proud to have them in their family of talented artists.
On the band name, they have shared "We wanted a name that meant something, and could also mean nothing at the same time. Just reading through God's Word, you see the word dens everywhere...We saw that image throughout God's Word, and thought it sounded cool." Their mission is well said in that they say, "We want our music to be interesting, and for the lyrical content to point to Jesus. That can be a challenge, because communicating a concise message within your music often begins to sound like the same song over and over. We want to be able to break that mold."
DENS is: Shaun Hypes, Brandon Osborne, Josh Tomlinson, and Josh Waltman