The Dent, an art pop quartet from Connecticut, has been likened to a diverse array of artists ranging from Paul Simon to Cheap Trick to REM. And after 10 years of writing, recording, performing and maturing together,The Dent has culled their collective experiences and created their first "Major-Label" sounding "Indie" ever.
The Dent is Mitchell Linker (Lead Vocals), Jeff Norberg (Guitar, Vocals), D. Rauh (Bass, Keyboards, & Vocals), and Dennis Cotton (drums) sometimes.
In the mid 90?s, The Dent moved on to college in Ithaca, NY. Yes, they went to the same college.During their time at college, The Dent began to hone their songs and their sound, culminating in the release of their first EP, The Dent, and subsequently, their first full-length album, Beauty Cries.
Shortly before the sessions for Beauty Cries, The Dent decided to bring a more refined drummer into the fold. (You know, like someone font>who practiced, owned more than one cymbal, and who?d purchase new sticks occasionally.) With very little left for him to do, Mitchell was demoted to lead singer.
Dennis Cotton, a talented and spiritually-inclined drummer with a really long goatee, joined the group. (See, Dennis is occasionally summoned across the world to play with slightly bigger name acts in order to make extra money to feed his pets. The rest of the band, either profoundly dedicated to The Dent, or simply unable to obtain work in the music business outside of the group, Beauty Cries received critical acclaim, and by the late 90?s, The Dent had a loyal fan base. However, broken promises by record labels and ont>managers, coupled with an unyielding, relentless free-fall into poverty, forced The Dent to take a much-needed hiatus, where they returned to Connecticut to think, write, binge-drink, and sleep.
With the future of the band uncertain, the members of The Dent periodically met to casually record new music in their newly constructedont>home studio. Though at the commencement of the project they had no plans to make an official album, the sessions gave birth to, what was at the> time, the most magical music of their career, and it was clear that these formally estranged musical partners had a lot more to say. What they had to say was, in a nutshell, "Neurotica".
Neurotica" received national attention for it?s silky vocals, shimmering guitars and intricate melodies. Not only did "Neurotica" signify a creative leap for the band, hinting at things to come, but its success was a catalyst for The Dent?s revitalization in general.
In January 2003, The Dent released, "Farewell."- "Farewell" is an ambitious and diverse 11-track epic with everything from sweeping orchestral ballads to edgy anthemic power-pop raves, bursting with their signature harmonies and infectious hooks.>