Don’t Tell, Dena

Don’t Tell, Dena band members Sean Kanaly, Chris Krummrich, Triston Lightner and Campbell Young have been playing together for the last year at various locations.

EDMOND — It all began in their house on Dena Drive when 21-year-old drummer Sean Kanaly and 20-year-old singer Chris Krummrich began writing and making music together, eventually starting the band Don’t Tell, Dena

Kanaly and Krummrich met two years ago when Kanaly started working at Top Golf and the two became musically connected.

“(Chris) was having a housewarming party and when I showed up there was a drumset and (I said) ‘Oh so you play drums’ and he (said) ‘not really,” Kanaly said. 

After discovering Kanaly’s rhythmic abilities, Krummrich said he wanted to form Don’t Tell, Dena. 

“It was just a spur of the moment thing. I didn’t really plan on making it but it just kind of happened …,” Krummrich said. 

Krummrich is a strategic communications major with a minor in music business attending the University of Central Oklahoma and the Academy of Contemporary Music. It was there that he met his third and fourth bandmates.

According to 20-year-old guitarist Campbell Young, he and 21-year-old bass player Triston Lightner joined Don’t Tell, Dena after seeing their flyer.

The band has been together for about a year and Krummrich said they’ve progressed quite a bit since their first show together.

“I think we’ve come a long way. We have a recording of the first time we played together as a band and I listen to where we are now and it’s just leaps and bounds ahead of where we were,” Krummrich said.

Don’t Tell, Dena recently released their first single, “That Way,” describing it as flowing well with the sound they’ve established.

“I would say our music style is psychedelic indie rock. Psychedelic is a lot of synth sounds. It’s a lot of high frequencies followed by futuristic noises that are musical,” Kanaly said. 

Young said Don’t Tell, Dena recorded their single at Lunar Manor with Taylor Johnson from the Wurly Birds and the song was a collaborative creation.

“The song couldn’t be the song without Triston’s bass line. It couldn’t be the song without (Sean’s) drumming or (Chris’s) vocals or my guitar playing. It is very us,” Young said.

The band has performed at a multitude of venues and festivals including The Bottle Cap Barn, Metro Music Festival, the Oklahoma Arts Festival, Twister Festival, Paseo Arts Festival, and Paramount Theater. 

“I always have people come up to me after the shows and tell me they really enjoyed it — especially the originals,” Krummrich said. 

Kanaly said people enjoy how well the four band members interact musically. 

“I think people just say that we all fit together. They say that we click, we’re tight and sound,” Kanaly said. 

Though they now fit together like a puzzle, each member of Don’t Tell, Dena began his musical journey separately and each has his own distinct love for music.

Kanaly played saxophone in middle school and wasn’t always a drummer but eventually fell in love with rhythm.

“(Music) is probably one of the few things that can (put) me in a super happy mood. Cry. Give me goosebumps,” Kanaly said. “I don’t think I would do too well in life if I didn’t have music.”

Young is attending ACM for music production and started playing guitar as a child. He said his skills have progressed over time.

“(Music is) just a universal language. Everyone likes it. Everyone understands it to some extent,” Campbell said.

Krummrich’s musical journey started with the guitar and he became motivated after visiting Argentina.

“(Music is) kind of like written poetry for me. I get to express myself in the purest form through music,” Krummrich said.

Lightner is attending ACM (The Academy for Contemporary Music) for bass performance and began playing classical guitar at a young age. He said all through school he was first chair upright bassist in orchestra.

“I just like making cool sounds and I enjoy (music). I listen to it almost every chance I get — which is a lot,” Lightner said.

Don’t Tell, Dena said music can have its challenges including technique, production, equipment and stage presence.

The band has a few upcoming performances including one at 6 p.m. Aug. 19 at the Norman Porch Festival 2017, and another at 8 p.m., Sept. 15 at the Patriarch in Edmond. For more information on upcoming shows and music visit donttelldena.com.

“We have four or five original songs that we want to get recorded into an EP … We’ll probably be working on our set list,” Krummrich said. 

The band members said they will be redefining their show with more effects, tighter sound and quality performance.

What started as a spontaneous decision in a house on Dena Drive has morphed into a quartet of contrasting musicians who produce eclectic sounds.