biography

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.

Dens find their mission in using music as a platform to creatively and honestly explore the themes of faith, hope, redemption and grace. The band self-released their debut album “From Small Seeds Come Giant Trees” in 2016, and the single “Hopebringer” with Come&Live in 2017. Now Facedown Records is proud to announce “No Small Tempest,” Dens’ highly anticipated four-song follow up to “Small Seeds” which released June 29.

 

Press

Ultimately, there’s a lot to love on ‘No Small Tempest’: the guitarwork is incredible, with the juxtaposition of wall-of-sound chord-shredding and technical riffs; vocals are passionate and dynamic; drums and bass create an incredible foundation for rhythmically-dense song structure; lyrics are provocative and strewn with biblical perspective.
— Casey Gallenberger, Indie Vision Music
No Small Tempest is no small EP; while it only boasts four songs, it’s twenty minutes long, and most of that time is beefy.
— Scott Fryberger, Jesus Freak Hideout
The album combines the distorted guitar walls of the shoegaze movement with the melodic sensibilities of the mid-2000’s emo movement, and then uses those tools to enhance DENS’s thoughtful, worship-focused lyrics.
— Taylor Hohulin, Jesus Wired
DENS weds their music to their lyrics, adding punches when emotions run high and quieting things down when reflecting. In this way, No Small Tempest is a thoughtful and complete, albeit short, album.
— Barry Wolfer, Top Christian Books
Foxes have dens, birds have nests and these indie rockers from Richmond, VA have some pretty sweet beats.
— Trish Koutrodimos, Independent Interviewer
Their debut full-length record, From Small Seeds Come Giant Trees, takes the reverent nature of modern worship bands and injects it with the thoughtful brand of indie rock pioneered by bands like Thrice and As Cities Burn. And spoiler alert: it’s a success.
— Benji Kunz, Indie Vision Music
Nice guitar work - good, contemplative stuff.
— Ben Crist, The Glorious Unseen
 

Audio

Releases

 “No Small Tempest” EP (2018, Facedown Records)

“No Small Tempest” EP (2018, Facedown Records)

 “Will You Keep Out All the Sadness?” Single (2018, Self-released)

“Will You Keep Out All the Sadness?” Single (2018, Self-released)

 “From Small Seeds Come Giant Trees” LP (2016, Self-released)

“From Small Seeds Come Giant Trees” LP (2016, Self-released)

 

promotional materials

photographs

video

 

Equipment

  • Reverend, Gretsch, Gibson, and Fender guitars

  • Bad Cat, Friedman, and Ampeg amps

  • Anchor Drums custom kit

  • DW hardware & Meinl cymbals

  • 64 Audio/Shure in-ear monitor rigs

Accolades

  • “Deadrise” at #5 on Billboard National Airplay

  • Placement on official curated Spotify playlists: New Punk Tracks and Crash Course

  • Placement on official curated Apple Music playlists: Best of the Week, Breaking Hard Rock, and Breaking Indie

  • Creation Festival Music Tournament 2016 winner

  • Performed with Silverstein (Rise Records), Silent Planet (Solid State Records), Like Moths to Flames (Rise Records), Wage War (Fearless), Gideon (Equal Vision), Conditions (Good Fight Music), Switchfoot (Vanguard Records)

notable Events

  • International Tour, Lithuania

  • Audiofeed Festival, Urbana, IL

  • Creation Festival, Mt. Union, PA

  • Unity Music Festival, Muskegon, MI

  • Shaka’s Live, Virginia Beach, VA

  • Canal Club & Strange Matter, Richmond, VA

  • Local 506, Chapel Hill, NC

  • Get Downtown 2018 & Speakertree Records, Lynchburg, VA