Three-piece alternative rock band ‘The Dense’ has its first album release this week, and they have chosen Invercargill to celebrate the milestone.
The self-titled album will feature on Spotify and i-Tunes from Friday but the group is also coming home to where it all started, performing at Tuatara Cafe on Saturday night.
The trio has been playing together since their James Hargest High School days, even though they all now live in different cities.
Liam Fairburn (guitar and vocals) lives in Invercargill, but drummer Jack Shaw has just finished Teacher’s College and will soon be moving to Wellington for a job, while Nepia Ruwhiu (lead vocals and bass) has been studying in Christchurch.
Since they won the Southern SmokeFree RockQuest in 2017, they have still managed to stay together and perform at different music venues all over the South Island.
Jack said performing at Tuatara this weekend was a good way to round off their journey so far “and bring it all to life.”
Describing their sound as distinctly New Zealand alternative rock, with a punky edge, they are influenced by 80s and 90s British bands such as the Stone Roses.
Their new album was recorded in Dunedin and focuses a lot on the university’s notorious student culture over the past few years.
Jack said as well as upcoming performances throughout Queenstown Lakes and Central Otago over summer, they have been asked to play at several 21st birthdays as well.
Also included in Saturday night’s lineup is Lachie Hayes, Sam Cullen, Alex Dykes and Stryde.