biography

DENS is a four-piece rock band based in Richmond, Virginia, that finds its mission in using music as a platform to creatively and honestly explore the themes of faith, hope, redemption, and grace. From the album to the stage, this is a band that seeks to find the overlap between energetic entertainment and invoking a sense of contemplation in the listener, all while finding a voice all their own.

In 2016, this voice resulted in the release of their freshman album “From Small Seeds Come Giant Trees,” a full-length record that was born out of their experiences playing concerts and a national music festival in Lithuania. The band was also able to play a wide array of shows in support of the album, including winning Creation Festival NE’s 2016 tournament.

2017 promises to bring new and exciting things for DENS. In February the band joined Come&Live!, an organization dedicated to creating “a worldwide mission community that will provoke and inspire Christian artists to use their God-given creativity to revolutionize the world for Jesus.” This partnership will lead to more opportunities to use their music, in concert with the rest of the Come&Live! community, in a variety of venues and mediums to reach the world with the Gospel. In March, DENS released a music video for their song “Hopebringer.” The band also plans on developing their next recording project while continuing to play venues and festivals along the east coast and midwest throughout the year.

Press

Everyone needs to drop what they are doing and follow/listen to @DENSnoise New album crushes!
— Brandon Jones, Indie Vision Music
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
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

From Small Seeds Come Giant Trees (2016)

From Small Seeds Come Giant Trees (2016)

Seasplitter single (2016)

Seasplitter single (2016)

Lietuva EP (2015)

Lietuva EP (2015)

The Worship Collective EP (2011)

The Worship Collective EP (2011)

 

promotional materials

photographs

video

 
 

Equipment

  • Reverend, Gretsch, Gibson, and Fender guitars
  • Dr. Z, Bad Cat, Friedman, and Ampeg amps
  • Anchor Drums custom kit
  • DW hardware & Meinl cymbals
  • 64 Audio/Shure in-ear monitor rigs

Accolades

  • Winner of the Creation Festival Music Tournament 2016
  • Shared the stage with Silverstein (Rise Records), Like Moths to Flames (Rise Records), Conditions (Good Fight Music), Switchfoot (Vanguard Records), Family Force 5 (Word Records), We Are Messengers (Word Records)

Events

  • International Tour, Lithuania
  • Creation Festival, Mt. Union, PA
  • Unity Music Festival, Muskegon, MI
  • Audiofeed Festival, Urbana, IL
  • Canal Club & Strange Matter, Richmond, VA
  • The Ante Room, Charlottesville, VA
  • Speakertree Records, Lynchburg, VA