Brendan Perry and Lisa Gerrard announced today that they have decided to begin work on a new album later this year. To coincide with the album’s release in 2012 Dead Can Dance will embark upon an extensive two month world tour including dates in Asia, Australasia and South America.
The extraordinary and uncategorizable Dead Can Dance began in Melbourne (Australia) in 1981 when Brendan Perry (Marching Girls) on vocals and guitars, Paul Erikson on bass guitar, Lisa Gerrard (ex-Microfilm) on vocals, and Simon Monroe (Marching Girls) on drums, got together to form one of the most important
and influential groups of the 1980s. A year later, Brendan Perry, Paul Erikson, and Lisa Gerrard moved to London to expand their international careers.
Dead Can Dance released over nine albums between 1984 and 1995 creating a timeless mix of world music influences, medieval chants, folk ballads, baroque styling, Celtic flavors and electronics. The group disbanded in 1998.
After Dead Can Dance, Lisa Gerrard expanded her artistic vision, collaborating with famed composers such as Patrick Cassidy and Pieter Bourke, as well as releasing a number of solo albums, including The Silver Tree. Additionally, Gerrard has scored or contributed to several films including Gladiator, Heat, Mission Impossible 2, Layer Cake, Insider, Nadro, Ali, Whale Rider, Black Hawk Down, Tears of The Sun, Constantine and El Niño de la Luna.
Brendan Perry released his solo album Eye of the Hunter, on 4AD Records in 1999, which was very similar to his work in dead Can Dance. His next solo album, Ark, came out in 2010. Brendan played every instrument and wrote all the lyrics. All of the instrumentation on Ark was derived from samples and synthesizers.
Dead Can Dance reunited briefly in 2005 for a tour.
Dead Can Dance (4AD Records, 1984)
Spleen and Ideal (4AD Records, 1986)
Within the Realm of a Dying Sun (4AD Records, 1987)
The Serpent’s Egg (4AD Records, 1988)
Aion (4AD Records, 1990)
A Passage in Time, compilation (Rykodisc Records, 1991)
Into the Labyrinth (4AD Records, 1993)
Toward the Within, live (4AD Records, 1994)
Spiritchaser (4AD Records, 1996)
Dead Can Dance – 1981-1998, boxed set (4AD Records, 2001)
Wake – The Best of Dead Can Dance (4AD Records, 2003)
Memento – The Very Best of Dead Can Dance (Rhino, 2005)
Author: Angel Romero
Angel Romero y Ruiz has been writing about world music music for many years. He founded the websites worldmusiccentral.org and musicasdelmundo.com. Angel produced several TV specials for Metropolis (TVE) and co-produced “Musica NA”, a music show for Televisión Española (TVE) in Spain that featured an eclectic mix of world music, fusion, electronica, new age and contemporary classical music. Angel also produced and remastered world music albums, compilations and boxed sets for Alula Records, Ellipsis Arts, Music of the World.