As Cities Burn
As Cities Burn was an indie/post hardcore band from Mandeville, Louisiana that formed in 2002, broke up in 2009, then reunited in 2011.
Years active: 2002–2009, 2011–2016, 2017–present
WHO IS DENS?
Entwining thoughtful verses and anthemic choruses, DENS (formerly "The Worship Collective") is an indie rock band that delivers music that invites the listener to be a part of the experience. They eloquently weave instrumentation with lyrical content focused on the themes of hope, redemption, and grace. This four-piece released its first EP in 2011, its second EP in 2013, a Lithuanian-exclusive EP in 2015, and a full length in 2016.
With their most recent release, “From Small Seeds Come Giant Trees”, they teamed up with producer Jase Belcher from Honest Studios and The Ember Days (Nashville). “Working with Jase really helped to mature the songs, both technically but also emotionally,” said lead singer Shaun Hypes. Bassist Josh Tomlinson added, “This record really achieved our goal of capturing the energy of our live performance.” No doubt this is also a testament to the work of mastering engineer Sam “Lightning” Moses (Kari Jobe, Haste the Day).
According to Brandon Osborne (drummer), “DENS exists to create music that points to the beauty of God and the truth of the Gospel.” Josh Waltman (guitarist) sums it up, “We believe in being real and serving others. We love the music, but we also love the people and the relationships.” For DENS, the music is an honest vehicle for the message, creativity, and relationships. They work with venues, conferences, and churches (two members are pastors) to create an energetic and engaging live performance.