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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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  • Rodwen

    forever the best

    27 Jul 3:50pm Reply
  • Alice_North

    amazing band!

    19 Jul 6:33pm Reply
  • Lyana_M

    This is what i feel like listening to lately!

    13 Jul 10:30pm Reply
  • Natanaelbp

    Incriveble. Aamazing band!

    11 Jul 5:13pm Reply
  • cy6erGn0m

    Хорошая была пара

    1 Jul 7:40pm Reply

    موزیک قشنگ، :)~♥

    29 Jun 12:24am Reply
  • sitik

    Oh, how beautifully they are getting old! It's always so strong feeling to see time-lapse photographs... Then you can try to watch the hopes of youth, when everything is ahead, and wisdom in old, when most is already done.

    23 Jun 9:47am Reply
  • Toma400

    Whoa, thank you so much, @Irishized. Nice explain for me, I never thought about it too.

    21 Jun 8:29am Reply
  • Irishized

    I never thought about the name being a play on the word decadence. I always assumed the official meaning was that by exploring ancient and "dead" cultures through music that they may again "dance" and in a way be revived. But perhaps the decadence of certain societies today forces us to revert back in time and dance with the old ones to achieve spiritual fulfilment...

    10 Jun 6:00pm Reply
  • Mikropark

    Lisa Gerrard - Space Weaver:

    8 Jun 3:10pm Reply
  • MadrigalMy

    Coisa Maravilhosa <3

    5 Jun 9:51pm Reply
  • Abetancourt_

    I think they did use a handpan for a couple of songs on Anastasis, even David Kuckhermann (professional percussionist and handpan enthusiastic) toured with them.

    30 May 3:37pm Reply
  • arkafloydechoes

    One of the most amazing bands that I listen to. What a sublimity!

    29 May 9:45am Reply
  • jessyrocker

    Big Fan Here

    7 May 12:32am Reply
  • white_lemur

    Dead Can Dance - definition of music.

    3 May 6:07pm Reply
  • Zeitgeist1980

    the first album is still the best i think

    2 May 4:11pm Reply
  • dark_wisdom

    does anyone know if they play a handpan in opium?

    2 May 6:18am Reply
  • Mikropark

    Brendan Perry - Crescent :

    30 Apr 3:19pm Reply
  • Siska_Square

    У Джеррард вокал на первый взгляд отталкивающий, потом привыкаешь и со временем охуеваешь. Вы не спорьте, а лучше попробуйте.

    21 Apr 8:12pm Reply
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