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The Dense


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With influences ranging from the Dunedin sound of the 1980s to British punk and alternative rock, The Dense are 3 piece band with the potential to surprise an audience.
The band are born and bred in the deep south of the world: Invercargill, New Zealand. The group comprises of Liam Fairbairn on Lead Guitar and Vocals, Nepia Ruwhiu on Bass Guitar and Vocals, and Jack Shaw on Drums. This line up established themselves as a band in 2016, and apart from sharing family buckets of KFC, they occasionally decide to write and play music.
The Dense’ first singles, ‘YTB’ and ‘Waterline’, released in 2017, are both odes to their mates and youthfulness. Their debut EP ‘There’s no one new around you’ explores this, and upon reviewing the EP, Element NZ stated it has “a great ‘70s punk sneer with a subtle Celtic lilt, overrides Delta Blues riffs and rhythms merging effortlessly into surfing soul, and all tied in with a respectful nod to local legends like Pretty Wicked Head & The Desperate Men.” These releases, along with a hoped resurgence of gigs in the latter stages of 2018, should set the tone for future releases that further develop The Dense’ strong musical chemistry.


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