New Jersey Stage logo
New Jersey Stage Menu


Makin Waves Record of the Week: "Night Swimming" by Dentist


By Bob Makin

originally published: 08/22/2018

Makin Waves Record of the Week: "Night Swimming" by DentistBeloved Asbury indie trio Dentist will celebrate their homecoming from their first national tour on Aug. 24 at Asbury Park Yacht Club with Sunshine Spazz. The tour was in support of their Cleopatra Records debut album, “Night Swimming,” the Makin Waves Record of the Week. PHOTO BY BOB MAKIN

It’s been fun watching Dentist grow from a cute, quirky local surf-garage band to a nationally respected indie-rock act. “Night Swimming” solidifies their reputation, as has their first national tour in support of the 11-song debut for Los Angeles-based Cleopatra Records. Their third album following 2014’s self-titled/released debut and 2016’s “Ceilings” on Asbury Park’s Little Dickman Records finds Dentist slimmed down to a trio in the studio for the first time with new drummer Matt Hockenjos. He brings his reggae-punk sense of rhythm to flesh out those of vocalist Emily Bornemann on bass and guitarist Justin Bornemann.

The married couple has been a songwriting partnership even longer, initially with their first band together, No Wine for Kittens, also a cute, quirky albeit artsy act that featured drummer Andy Bova, the co-producer with Justin and engineer of “Night Swimming,” which was recorded at his Simple Sound Studios in Oceanport. With “Night Swimming,” the Bornemanns shed an occasional sense of silliness for a lyrically stark and sonically focused collection that laughs at life’s absurdities and cries at its hardships, while punching both in the gut with stinging, ringing riffs, solid slabs of rhythm and a mix of mournful, hopeful poetics. Signature fuzz tones and a poppy undertow remain intact but amongst a cryptically detailed loss of innocence that makes “Night Swimming,” Dentist’s best record to date. 

I particularly like the haunting “Owl Doom Pt. 2,” so much so that I wish I knew where “Pt. 1” was. Since Owl Doom is Emily’s Instagram, perhaps it’s a sequel to No Wine for Kittens’ “Emily Pt. 1” from their three-song 2012 self-titled EP, but then that acoustic track was preceded by a full band version with a slightly different title on the “Not Ready Yet E.P” released earlier that year. Anyway, I especially like the jellyfish-like sting of Justin’s guitar on “Owl Doom” slashing through Emily’s waif-like vocal.

The record’s dichotomous title track, which similarly bounces Justin’s rapid-fire guitar off forlorn vocals and lyrics about a need for change, and the closing wipeout of “The Latter,” also are indie treats. I especially like the fragile coo of Emily’s vocal on the latter track, like a novice surfer on a wave of choppy rhythms. The simple but surprising beauty of the philosophic waxing of the mostly acoustic “All Is Well (in Hell)” also stands out. 



 
Advertise with New Jersey Stage for $50-$100 per month, click here for info



Welcome Dentist home from tour on Aug. 24 at Asbury Park Yacht Club with the Jersey Shore trio Sunshine Spazz, which has a slightly similar surf-garage sound but with three dudes bangin’ out psychedelia in place of Emily’s pretty voice and poetic lyrics. Dentist also will perform Aug. 25 at The Bird Bash, Bearded Bird Brewing, Norfolk, Va.; Sept. 8, Fourth Annual Bond Street Block Party, Asbury Park, with Tide Bends, Gay Guy/Straight Guy, The Ribeye Brothers, Sweet Joey’s Thing of Beauty, Marvelous Liars, Von Mons, Dentist, and RocknRoll Hi-Fives; Sept. 16, House of Independents, also Asbury, with Clap Your Hands Say Yeah; Oct. 6, North Jersey Indie Rock Festival, White Eagle Hall, Jersey City, with Glazer, Ex-Maid, Glenn Morrow's Cry For Help, The Royal Arctic Institute, Black Wail, Yawn Mower, Tony Saxon, Shithead's Rainbow, Guilty Giraffe, The Components, The Vaughns, Smock, Secretary Legs, LKFFCT, Psychiatric Metaphors, Ultra Major, and Professor Caveman, and Oct. 26, Mill Hill Basement, Trenton, with Acid Dad, Tide Bends and Alpha Rabbit.

Bob Makin is the reporter for www.MyCentralJersey.com/entertainment and a former managing editor of The Aquarian Weekly, which launched this column in 1988. Contact him at makinwaves64@yahoo.com. And like Makin Waves at www.facebook.com/makinwavescolumn.



FEATURED EVENTS

ART | COMEDY | DANCE | MUSIC | THEATRE | COMMUNITY


Marc Broussard – Carencro 20th Anniversary Tour

Monday, March 04, 2024 @ 7:30pm
The Vogel
99 Monmouth Street, Red Bank, NJ 07701
category: music

Click here for full description


The Life & Music of George Michael

Tuesday, March 05, 2024 @ 8:00pm
Bergen Performing Arts Center (bergenPAC)
30 North Van Brunt Street, Englewood, NJ 07631
category: music

Click here for full description


HYPERCUBE

Tuesday, March 05, 2024 @ 7:30pm
William Paterson University - Shea Recital Hall 101
300 Pompton Rd, Wayne, NJ 07470
category: music

Click here for full description


Click here for more events

Listings are available for $10 and included with our banner ad packages.

Click here for more info.







 

LATEST NEWS


TCNJ's Center for the Arts presents Las Cafeteras

(TRENTON, NJ) -- The College of New Jersey's Center for the Arts presents Las Cafeteras on Wednesday, March 6 at 8:00pm in the Kendall Main Stage Theater. The LA Times describes Las Cafeteras as "uniquely Angeleno mishmash of punk, hip-hop, beat music, cumbia and rock... live, they/re magnetic."


The Princeton Folk Music Society presents Ruth Wyand




Skyline Theatre Company presents Reflections: Ireland In Song and Story




Music in the Somerset Hills presents a concert at the Community of St. John Baptist


Click here for more event previews







New Jersey Stage

© 2024 by Wine Time Media, LLC
PO Box 811, Belmar, NJ 07719
info@newjerseystage.com

Nobody covers the Arts
throughout the Garden State
like New Jersey Stage!


Images used on this site have been sent to us from publicists, artists, and PR firms. If there is a problem with the rights to any image, please contact us and we will look into the matter.

Follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Threads, and on our RSS feed


Art | Comedy | Dance | Film | Music | Theatre | Ad Rates | About Us | Pitch a Story | Links | Radio Shows | Privacy Policy