Awesome band returns after lengthy hiatus with new album, world tour: Dead Can Dance edition

Awesome band returns after lengthy hiatus with new album, world tour: Dead Can Dance edition

Fantastic news, everyone! Medieval gothic tomb sprites Dead Can Dance are back! The original worldbeat/goth 4AD flava etherealists have returned from their lengthy slumber and they’re bearing spoOoOoky beautiful gifts, in the form of their first album of new material in a sweet 16 years. So, that’s it. All you swoopy-haired Renaissance Festival minstrels armed with cardboard swords, cheesy harmonies, and sad 15th-century imagery can just CAN it. Because Dead Can Dance are the original purveyors of “hey, a Gregorian chant would sound cool with this swirling art rock,” and they can do it a hell of a lot better than anybody else.

Founding duo Lisa Gerrard and Brendan Perry started working on this baby, entitled Anastatis, back in fall 2011. The album was recorded at Quivy Studios in Ireland in the early months of 2012. Of working with Gerrard again, Perry said, “It will be a spring album to coincide with both natures awakening and the groups subsequent rebirth.” The band will set sail on a world tour for eight months this summer — their first dates since DCD’s sold out 2005 tour. (Live recordings from this tour are available as free digital downloads for a limited time via the band’s website. Each digital EP is part of the Live Happenings series, and are replaced every few months.) Fans can expect a mix of new tracks and classics on Dead Can Dance’s 2012 world tour. Just keep the velvet leggings at home, people, okay?

Dates:

08.09.12 - Vancouver, BC - Orpheum
08.10.12 - Seattle, WA - Maymoor Amphitheater
08.12.12 - Berkley, CA - Greek Theater
08.14.12 - Los Angeles, CA - Gibson Amphitheater
08.15.12 - San Diego, CA - Humphreys
08.17.12 - Salt Lake City, UT - Red Butte Garden
08.19.12 - Denver, CO - Temple Hoyle Buell Theater
08.21.12 - Chicago, IL - Pritzer Pavilion at Millennium Park
08.23.12 - Toronto, ON - Sony Center for the Performing Arts
08.24.12 - Montreal, QE - Bell Centre
08.26.12 - Philadelphia, PA - Verizon Hall
08.27.12 - Vienna, VA - Filene Center/Wolftap
08.29-30.12 - New York, NY - Beacon Theater
09.04.12 - Nashville, TN - Ryman Auditorium
09.05.12 - Atlanta, GA - Cobb Performing Arts
09.07.12 - Austin, TX - Austin City Limits (Moody Theater)

• Dead Can Dance: http://deadcandance.com

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