MIMR Band Chat: Dense

Hailing from Leeds, the 1st appearance on the blog for explosive garage-rock trio Dense who’s new EP ‘Abjection’ has created a rip-rawing buzz at MIMR.

We chatted about the record, dealing with the lockdown and socialising at gigs

MIMR: Thrilled to have another new band to the blog, hey hope your well. Who are Dense and what’s the best description you’ve had in regards to your sound?

Dense: Thanks for having us, Griff. DENSE is a garage-punk rock 3-piece from Leeds. We started making music at the start of 2017 and have taken our time in playing around with our sound to get to the stage we are at today. In the past we have acquired some great quotes from the likes of Backseat Mafia dubbing us ‘a whole new meaning to the term ‘garage rock”, which is a particularly cool one for us personally as we really try to make our music as unique as possible, whilst understanding the world of genre ‘umbrellas’.

At a selection panel ast year, Phil Taggart from BBC Radio 1 described our single ‘Fever Dream’ as ‘a punishment beating but one he had asked for’, which is definitely one of the more interesting descriptions we have had in the past, surrounded by a fair few comments that we are ‘just noisy’!

MIMR: Been enjoying the new record immensely, it’s a roaring effort. Tell us all about the record and did the lockdown situation have any major effect on it’s production?

Dense: Thanks very much, we really appreciate that! We had been sitting on those songs for quite a while having played them all a fair bit live, and we finally gathered the funds to record them in January with Adam Bairstow, producer and frontman of ‘Brooders’. After a gruelling, coffee-fuelled 5 days we managed to track it all and originally had it set for release in May. As you know, that wasn’t the best month to be dropping new music so decided to push it back until end of August, so we have been chomping at the bit to get the songs out there and are really glad that they finally are!

MIMR: MIMR have always recognised Leeds as a major hub for new music having featured many bands from the city over recent times. Of course the landscape for bands has greatly altered lately due to Covid but do you agree that the music scene will still thrive and what venues are you looking forward to visiting again?

Dense: Leeds is an amazing place for music and feel very lucky to have started our journey there together. As for Leeds and every other city around the UK, this time will almost certainly alter the make-up and atmosphere of each scene and we only hope that artists still feel they are able to pick up where they left off in the same way that we are hoping to. Our last two gigs in Leeds before lockdown were at Brudenell Social Club and Belgrave Music Hall, and we are very privileged to have stages like that to play in the city as they are both incredible venues. Two of us actually now live in Manchester and having played the likes of Big Hands and YES Basement in the past, we are really excited to get properly stuck into the Manchester scene! Although it’s a pretty awful time right now, we have every faith that independent bands can pick themselves up and show a bit of DIY resilience which has been so prevalent and kind to us as a band in our brief timespan.

MIMR: During this period of isolation and not being able to play music, what have you been up to away from music to keep yourselves sane?

Dense: It’s a strange one because we can’t tell whether these last few months have dragged or flown past, and we have all been up to pretty different stuff. Although we haven’t been able to play live, we have collectively been pretty busy organising the EP campaign, as we do all of that stuff ourselves in-house, which has been a blessing really to be able to keep that focus on the band. We like to write together in the room usually so that has been a challenge, but we have also been exercising our creativity with other side or solo projects which has been fun. Having all ‘lockdown’ed in different places around the country, it’s been strange not seeing each other for as long as we have, yet still speaking every day! So in that respect we have been busy, but definitely couldn’t say we have remained sane…..!

MIMR: So we hope that live music can return sooner rather later and we’re already seeing some social distanced events taking place. What’s the one thing about playing live you miss?

Dense: We always have a great time on stage and feel most comfortable as a band when we are doing that, so having such a vital core of what we do taken away has been really strange for us and we have had to adapt our EP campaign to deal with that as we would have been touring the record relentlessly.

We had a tour in the works with Brooders and Death Cult Electric which we were so excited for and really hope we can sort something with those guys soon as they are both awesome bands. But apart from the obvious, I think we are all really missing the social side of gigging; talking to people before and after each show and getting to know people in a mutually adored environment which has been impossible to come by since March. Also, after writing what we consider to be a pretty raw and live EP, we are itching to play it properly on stage and really hope that time will come very soon!

MIMR: Thanks for chatting to us on the blog, wish you well for rest of the year. How can people follow you on social media? 

Dense: Thanks very much again for chatting to us. Links to all we are up to are below, hopefully see you all really soon!

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/denseband

Instagram: www.instagram.com/denseband

Twitter: www.twitter.com/denseband

Bandcamp: https://dense.bandcamp.com/

Soundcloud: www.soundcloud.com/denseband

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