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Dentist (band)

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Background information
OriginAsbury Park, New Jersey, U.S.
GenresSurf rock, pop punk, alternative rock
Years active2013 (2013)–current
LabelsGood Eye Records, Little Dickman Records, Cleopatra Records
MembersEmily Bornemann
Justin Bornemann
Matt Hockenjos

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Dentist is an American rock band from New Jersey.


Dentist is a alternative surf rock trio from Asbury Park, New Jersey, that formed in 2013. The band is composed of vocalist and bassist Emily Bornemann, guitarist Justin Bornemann, and drummer Matt Hockenjos. E. Bornemann and J. Bornemann previously played together in the Asbury Park indie rock group, No Wine for Kittens.[1] Their music is described as the "combine[d] 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," they draw comparison to the music of Best Coast, Wavves and the Drums.[2][3]

Their first single "No Matter" was released on 4 December 2013, and the second single "I Do it Cause I Wanna" on 26 February 2014. Both appear on their debut thirteen-track album, Dentist, released with Good Eye Records on 14 May 2014. The record is a collection of songs Dentist played live during their first year as a group.[1] Pandora Radio compares Dentist to the music of the Ramones and Mazzy Star, and call it "California styled, indie-pop jangle and sun-dappled, garage-rock crunch."[4] They received the 2014 Asbury Park Music Awards' Top Indie/Alt Rock Band award. Dentist's second album was the ten-track Ceilings, which was released on 12"-vinyl and digital download with Little Dickman Records, on 24 June 2016. It is described as surf rock, pop punk and dream pop, and a review by The Deli describes it as "a consistent and cohesive piece of work, with songs that blend into one another."[5]

They performed at the North Jersey Indie Rock Festival on 23 September 2017, and at the 2018 South by Southwest festival. SXSW listed Dentist in their Top 10 bands, and call their music a "breezy joy of a summer at the beach."[6] Cleopatra Records released the eleven-track album Night Swimming on 12"-vinyl, compact disc and digital download on 20 July 2018. Institute for Nonprofit News note that Dentist's "signature fuzz tones and a poppy undertow remain intact among a cryptically detailed loss of innocence that makes [it their] best record to date."[7] Dentist performed at the North Jersey Indie Rock Festival on 6 October 2018.


  • Emily Bornemann – vocals and bass
  • Justin Bornemann – guitar
  • Matt Hockenjos – drums

Past members[edit]

  • Andy Bova – drums
  • Nick Kaelblein – bass
  • Matt Maneri – keys


  • "No Matter" (2013)
  • "I Do It Cause I Wanna" (2014)



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