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Melbourne, Australia (1981 – 1998, 2005 – 2005, 2011 – present)

Dead Can Dance was formed in Melbourne, Australia in 1981 by Brendan Perry together with Simon Monroe and Paul Erikson later to be joined by Lisa Gerrard. They disbanded in 1998, and temporarily reunited to do a highly successful world tour in 2005 with a view to recording another studio album together. In order to concentrate on their solo careers and due to ongoing personal differences between Perry and Gerrard, the project was, however, put on hiatus. In 2011 Perry announced work on a new album, which was released in 2012 followed by a world tour.

After a somewhat muted response to their music in Australia, Dead Can Dance moved to London in 1982, where they signed up to label 4AD, a legendary label on the music scene, where it became one of the most important bands on the label alongside the Cocteau Twins. They continued to work closely together, until later in the 19 when they started to grow apart following the breakup of their personal relationship. Gerrard returned to Australia, while Perry moved to Ireland, where he had renovated an old church at Quivvy, where he lives and works. It is speculated that the distance between the members was an influence in the band’s eventual break-up, with an argument following the recording sessions for an unreleased album being the final straw, although Perry himself said that distance helped in maintaining a certain individual freedom in creativity.


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  • Qhalo

    Music of my soul.

    26 Aug 5:54pm Reply
  • massimo35

    vi amo

    24 Aug 11:01am Reply
  • Blodhemn800AD

    I hope they experiment once again with african sounds one day.

    21 Aug 2:47pm Reply
  • white_lemur

    After so many years they are still amazing and one of kind.

    15 Aug 12:28pm Reply
  • nicohueqo


    11 Aug 11:32pm Reply
  • IgorDetoni

    Gente, como eu amo eles! Não sei nem como expressar kkkk

    9 Aug 7:43pm Reply
  • PanKrtcha

    I started my new music project inspired by Dead Can Dance. Maybe you will like it. :) Check it out

    3 Aug 7:18am Reply
  • Irishized

    Have to say that DCD have one of the most fascinating discographies I've ever encountered. Every album is different and has such a unique and experimental feel, while the quality of songs remains always excellent. They seemingly have a song for every occasion: long drive across the countryside? - American Dreaming; fighting a Dark Souls Boss, or trying to get into the Underworld? - Summoning Of The Muse; having a glass of wine in the garden? - The Lotus Eaters; want to sing along - Nierka!. The live version of "Anabasis" from the album "In Concert" is also particularly wonderful. Toward the end of the song Ms. Gerard lets out a sort of wail that just outperforms the studio version x1000. It is simply life-affirming.

    2 Aug 9:45am Reply
  • ssolitude

    Love love love

    24 Jul 10:59am Reply
  • HaHaHaYoureDead

    никогда не был безумным фаном, немалую часть их музыки считаю и вовсе скучной, но отдельными произведениями грех не восхититься.

    22 Jul 2:07am Reply
  • GuakaRocker

    I'm still amazed by their debut album, their music is more than art, spiritual perhaps, i just can't describe it, how that final part of In Power We Trust The Love Advocated and the beginning of The Arcane makes me feel. I'm speechless.

    21 Jul 6:03am Reply
  • JazArt

    Моя музыка для осени.

    16 Jul 9:18am Reply
  • Arkandast

    Великие и очень талантливые люди. Такие данные. Сильный вокал, что у него, что и у неё. Голоса и впрямь волшебные. Потрясающая группа и такие же потрясающие люди. Очень хорошие, красивые песни. Расслабляют и греют душу. Чудесно !

    13 Jul 9:22pm Reply
  • LegoLegolas

    The best of the best <3

    7 Jul 6:31pm Reply
  • Somniabunt

    ~~~~~ ~~~~~

    7 Jul 1:15pm Reply
  • Blessedheart

    Some of my stuff has a 4AD vibe which some might enjoy! Please have a listen: Matt Ford

    5 Jul 9:12pm Reply
  • Strange_Desire

    Enigmatic, haunting and somewhat unparalleled.

    3 Jul 9:52pm Reply
  • rodrigopaivac

    3 Jul 7:55pm Reply
  • bazinko

    dad can dance

    1 Jul 5:11am Reply
  • lecheeee


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