Columbus Ohio's Denovo is a new effort featuring former members of local favorite Special Aviation Project. The group reformed in the fall of 2000 with front man Sean Gardner -also of Kopaz- and began working hard at finding a new sound. Denovo spent almost a year building this relationship and learning how to play together as a new unit -- writing and rewriting songs, continually growing and evolving as a band and a family. Driven by the simple desire to have fun doing what they love, Denovo has taken the standard indie rock sound and given it a new edge. They layer catchy, innovative guitar riffs over smooth bass and drum hooks giving their music an intricate and angular, yet aggressive feel. Denovo has the ability to turn 4/4 time signatures into seemingly complex math equations. Combined with a catchy, sometimes 80s-inspired, pop sensibility, the vocals are addictively melodic and dynamic, ranging from soft, smooth singing to the occasional emotional scream. Denovo has a string of influences -- from DC bands such as Jawbox, Shudder To Think, and Hoover to the late-90s Midwestern sounds of Lincoln and Indian Summer to some late 70s/early 80s groups like The Police. However, each member definitely brings his own personal influences to the table and these often convene to form something truly unique. People also often hear the likes of At the Drive-in, Q and not U, and Drive like Jehu in Denovo's work.
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