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Title: Dead Can Dance 2012
Post by: drone on on May 09, 2012, 10:19:02 AM
Any DCD fans wondering what happened to the album Brendan and Lisa were supposed to be working on last winter?  Their summer tour tickets have already been on sale but there is no info anywhere about a new album.  Brendan's website has had no news, and I can't find anything when I do a Google search. 

It's looking like the 2012 tour will be similar to the 2005 tour in that there was no new material.  Much as I love DCD, I really think a tour should be supporting new material, otherwise it starts feeling like a nostalgia trip to make some quick money, like many 80's bands have been doing.  Don't know about Lisa, but judging from Brendan's solo tour last year, which was hands down one of the finest live performances (performance and sound quality) I have seen to date, I'd say the inspiration and ability is as strong as it ever was. 

If you have any info. on this planned 2012 release (whether it's happening or not), please let me know.  Thanks! :)
Title: Re: Dead Can Dance 2012
Post by: Ein Sophistry on May 09, 2012, 11:00:07 AM
Just posted on Facebook this afternoon: http://www.slicingupeyeballs.com/2012/05/08/dead-can-dance-new-album-reunion-tour/ (http://www.slicingupeyeballs.com/2012/05/08/dead-can-dance-new-album-reunion-tour/).
Title: Re: Dead Can Dance 2012
Post by: drone on on May 09, 2012, 11:38:33 AM
Whoa, perfect timing!  Thanks!!!
Title: Re: Dead Can Dance 2012
Post by: drone on on May 09, 2012, 12:01:20 PM
(Sorry, for those not wanting to click the link):  August 9 release date.  No title/label info. released as of yet. 
Title: Re: Dead Can Dance 2012
Post by: judd stephens on May 16, 2012, 09:03:00 PM
Following that link, there's another link to the title:   Anastasis.  according to Brendan Perry it's Greek for "Rebirth"

I wonder what the greek term is for "cashing in"  ::)  Little joke there.

It'll be interesting to see what direction the album takes.  Maybe we'll see something totally new and different.  I did like the way they went out though with Into the Labyrinth and Spiritchaser.  Especially with Spirtchaser it had a less gothic feel and more of the tribal and festive side they always would display from time to time.   
Title: Re: Dead Can Dance 2012
Post by: drone on on May 16, 2012, 10:35:18 PM
I'm hoping the new material  isn't tribal/world oriented,  but returns to using bass and guitars and keys for a more classical rock/symphonic sound as on the first three albums.
Title: Re: Dead Can Dance 2012
Post by: Numina on May 19, 2012, 08:52:14 PM
Got my pre-sale t-shirt and front row center tix yesterday. Looking forward to this show. I too am hoping for their new album to harken back to their 80s sound, though I'm not holding my breath. The last Brendan Perry is quite good though and if it's even remotely similar to that and Lisa's last titles I'm sure it'll be good.
Title: Re: Dead Can Dance 2012
Post by: drone on on June 04, 2012, 12:31:51 AM
I thought the Perry disc was too electronic, but his live performance was fantastic with the perfect blend of gtr, bass, drums and keys.  The followup solo album was supposed to be out this spring but maybe It's being held back for DCD.  Cant wait until August!!!
Title: Re: Dead Can Dance 2012
Post by: drone on on June 05, 2012, 11:28:19 PM
New DCD album title:  "Anastasis"
Title: Re: Dead Can Dance 2012
Post by: drone on on July 03, 2012, 10:14:46 AM
"Anastasis" is out August 13.  For the cover art (gorgeous) and full songs previews go to YouTube!!  I can tell already this is going to be one of their best albums (better than Into the Labyrinth and Spiritchaser at the very least), it's a return to their 1985-1990 sound (classical/symphonic and rock--yay!!!!!) and the songs I've heard so far are jaw-droppingly beautiful!!! These songs hit me right away as being great, always a good sign.  Choice cuts so far: "Return of the She-King," "Amnesia" (I believe this will be a single), "Chilidren of the Sun."  I've been listening at work and I've forgotten all about how much I hate my job.  My eyes were tearing up with emotion , that's how good these tracks are.  In fact I was afraid I would start sobbing like a baby at my desk.  Luckly I held it back.  :D   
Title: Re: Dead Can Dance 2012
Post by: drone on on July 05, 2012, 10:31:20 AM
Sorry, it is August 14, not 13. 

NOW WHERE ARE ALL THE DCD FANS HERE????!!!  Don't tell me you only got time to listen to Steve Roach. 

You don't need to wait until then to hear the album.  Now check out those new songs on YouTube (in fact the whole album, track by track, is up there) and post your reactions here!!  8)
Title: Re: Dead Can Dance 2012
Post by: drone on on July 06, 2012, 12:05:56 PM
Well, if anybody cares (or not) the videos for all the album tracks were taken down from YouTube by DCD due to legal/copyright reasons.  So guess you'll have to wait until August...
Title: Re: Dead Can Dance 2012
Post by: LNerell on July 06, 2012, 02:23:31 PM
Thanks for letting us know about the tracks but I just now saw your post so I missed out. Glad to hear that the new album is a good one, I'll give it a spin once its out. Now, back to more Steve Roach.  :P ;D
Title: Re: Dead Can Dance 2012
Post by: drone on on July 09, 2012, 10:10:40 AM
Apparently you can stream/preview the whole album at DCD's site. 
Title: Re: Dead Can Dance 2012
Post by: dreamin4ever on July 23, 2012, 08:02:37 PM
I guess I will add my input on DCD.
During the week of Tangerine Dream in Santa Barbara and Los Angeles I meet a TD fan from Ventura who mentioned DCD at the Santa Barbara gig. Last week after coming down from a Dream high from the Club Nokia show I started to pull out some of my DCD cd's. A little research on the internet and a few albums later I went ahead and purchased a ticket to the Gibson Theater on Aug 14. I remember reading that they were getting back together and doing a new album and tour. I downloaded some of the new songs from utube. They are sounding great. Cant wait till the release. I cant wit to see DCD live. Never have. Should be funtastik.

And for those who care. . . .Tangerine Dream sounded awesome at Club Nokia. A 3+ hour show with old and new songs. Mostly older classics from Ricochet, Rubycon, Poland, Underwater Sunlight, etc. No, it's not the T Dream of the 70's or early 80's, but this years Dream was just as good. Of the last 10 TD concertds I've seen the Club Nokia was the best.
Title: Re: Dead Can Dance 2012
Post by: drone on on July 24, 2012, 12:09:56 PM
Weird thing about DCD show here in the Bay Area (at Greek Theatre in Berkeley)--it's BEFORE the new album is released (???)
Title: Re: Dead Can Dance 2012
Post by: drone on on August 20, 2012, 10:31:16 AM
So who went to these shows?  Anyone? It's hard to tell from a cell phone video with tinny sound on YouTube how good these shows were.  I understand they performed the entire new album, with the remainder being their "hits" more or less.  Still greatly enjoying the new album..
Title: Re: Dead Can Dance 2012
Post by: jdh on August 20, 2012, 10:55:44 AM
I will be going this Friday.will watch from FOH position,from what I have seen on YouTube,the setup is the same as last time.
Set list is a balance,plenty of new mixed in with a few old.
My third time seeing them.
Title: Re: Dead Can Dance 2012
Post by: dreamin4ever on August 22, 2012, 08:25:01 PM
Went last week to the LA Gibson show. First timer. Awesome. Unlike anything I saw. Not TD like but different. Notsure if they played the entire new album. But what they did play I knew 70%. Glad I went.
Title: Re: Dead Can Dance 2012
Post by: mystified on August 23, 2012, 05:44:22 AM
Listening to the new album now, enjoying it. Cool stuff.
Title: Re: Dead Can Dance 2012
Post by: El culto on September 23, 2012, 01:35:55 PM
Well, i canīt chorus the previous opinions when seeing some recent concert videos:

2-DEAD CAN DANCE-Θέατρο Γης-Θεσσαλονίκη -- ΠΡΕΖΑ ΟΤΑΝ ΠΙΕΙΣ - Video Dailymotion (http://www.dailymotion.com/video/xtsmb7)

-DEAD CAN DANCE- Θέατρο Γης-21. 09.12-Θεσσαλονίκη (http://www.dailymotion.com/video/xtshry)

Apart from the question why they had to make a rebirth of the project (money issues?) i do think they damage more of their cult than winning out of it. Wonder why they canīt be simply proud of their past things and leave it.

In a way it reminds of all this "senior rock bands" which believe itīs cool to make a revival  ;D Canīt cope seeing 60+ years of matures with guitars predicting to be young stars. Seems they donīt have good managers or those have other interests as well.

Cheers,
Tomas
Title: Re: Dead Can Dance 2012
Post by: judd stephens on September 23, 2012, 08:02:16 PM
Tomas (your music is great btw), I think their music is such that it doesn't matter to a huge degree how they look when they play it live.  It's a little different IMO from guys about to turn 70 who are still playing the same rock 'n roll hits from 50 years ago and bouncing around on stage. 

They've both made a lot of relevant music since the 80's and 90's in their respective solo albums, collaborations and so on, so it's hard for me to begrudge them a reunion disc and tour, as this is most likely just that.  You're probably right they're doing this for the same reason every other band from previous decades with previous fame reunites. 

I don't think it'll hurt their cult status though, the fact that they're gonna sell a ton of music and concerts without essentially changing themselves or their sound tells me that.  They'd have to become skinhead nazis (Lisa Gerrard- highly suspect  :P) and sing only Britney Spears covers in order to ruin the nostalgia.

 Listening to a few of their new songs on youtube, I'm impressed that the quality is still good- Brendan's range has narrowed a tad but he can still croon, baby, and Lisa Gerrard can basically phone in those angelic notes without much problem.  The songwriting is pretty solid.  I'm not sure how relevant an album it is, in terms of their legacy, but at least they reunited with an actual album of quality music.  It's not bad music, regardless of whether I'd prefer a different direction. 

Tomas I'd agree that if they that just tour and keep singing their old classics indefinitely until there are no more crowds, it would hurt their rep... I just don't see that happening though.  There is one great song so far I've heard which is Children of the Sun.  This could have easily been the last song on the album (it was the first), a fitting and gracious goodbye, I mean that in the best sense.

Dead Can Dance - Children Of The Sun.wmv (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J6aQEFzB3zQ#)

Title: Re: Dead Can Dance 2012
Post by: drone on on September 24, 2012, 03:07:39 PM
DCD are in a class by themselves and little to do with other "rock" bands being fronted by aging rockers.  I doubt they'll ever be doing nostalgia tours in Las Vegas. 
Title: Re: Dead Can Dance 2012
Post by: Mark Mushet on September 28, 2012, 09:47:10 AM
I saw Brendan solo last year with Robin Guthrie. Very good show all 'round. DCD is another matter for me. I think they still look and sound great and have done some pleasant enough new work to go along with the reunification.

I just find I can't relate to what I have to describe as the early music/ethno/mystic/escapist pastiche that they eventually perfected and polished into the ground. And lyrically (because they foreground it) it can be just silly romantic goop. Nonetheless, I still cherish some of their work.

I liked the '93 version of DCD because Brendan revealed himself as a sincere balladeer with a great voice. Lyrically kind of naive on occasion, but compelling.

But, as with Magazine (who I prefer for their power, wit and continued lyrical relevance) they should continue on for as long as possible because, whatever your view, the world's a better place with them in it!

M
Title: Re: Dead Can Dance 2012
Post by: drone on on September 28, 2012, 10:18:49 AM
I'd have to agree about DCD (over) "polishing" the early/ethno thing, starting with the album "Aion."  I think the first three albums (DCD, Spleen and Ideal, and Within the Realm of a Dying Sun) are flawless masterpieces.  The Serpent's Egg, although excellent in spots, wasn't up to par with their previous work.  I think after the '93 tour they lost their mystique with so many concerts, videos, etc, and they got sucked into the whole "new age/ethno ambient/world" category by the music industry who had to categorize them. 

The Brendy Perry concert I saw (w/Robin Guthrie) was one of the best concerts I've ever attended in about 35 years of concert going.  The performance and sound were flawless, and it was evident Brendan Perry is just as relevant today as he was in the 80's.  You also can't beat standing two feet from him in front of the stage at the small club (Bimbo's in San Francisco) I saw him perform at, as opposed to these big stadium type deals DCD is doing now like Greek Theatre in Berkeley where you are hundreds of feet away. 

   

Title: Re: Dead Can Dance 2012
Post by: Numina on September 29, 2012, 01:23:38 AM
I'm a longtime DCD fan and got lucky with a surprise presale for tickets to their show here and ended up with front row seats directly in front of Lisa's dulcimer rig about 4' in front of me.

I'm not good at detailed reviews of concerts or albums but I will say without question the performance was fantastic! They did play the entire new album (I think) which is fine with me as it's the best thing they've done since Serpent's Egg IMO. Lisa's voice is still solid and mesmerizing. Brendan hasn't lost it either. That said, I would have loved to hear some of their earlier works from the first 3 albums but no reason to complain. After the show I managed to snag Lisa's set list - her foot actually touched it. :)
Title: Re: Dead Can Dance 2012
Post by: El culto on October 12, 2012, 11:02:56 AM
Tomas (your music is great btw), I think their music is such that it doesn't matter to a huge degree how they look when they play it live.  It's a little different IMO from guys about to turn 70 who are still playing the same rock 'n roll hits from 50 years ago and bouncing around on stage. 

They've both made a lot of relevant music since the 80's and 90's in their respective solo albums, collaborations and so on, so it's hard for me to begrudge them a reunion disc and tour, as this is most likely just that.  You're probably right they're doing this for the same reason every other band from previous decades with previous fame reunites. 

I don't think it'll hurt their cult status though, the fact that they're gonna sell a ton of music and concerts without essentially changing themselves or their sound tells me that.  They'd have to become skinhead nazis (Lisa Gerrard- highly suspect  :P) and sing only Britney Spears covers in order to ruin the nostalgia.

 Listening to a few of their new songs on youtube, I'm impressed that the quality is still good- Brendan's range has narrowed a tad but he can still croon, baby, and Lisa Gerrard can basically phone in those angelic notes without much problem.  The songwriting is pretty solid.  I'm not sure how relevant an album it is, in terms of their legacy, but at least they reunited with an actual album of quality music.  It's not bad music, regardless of whether I'd prefer a different direction. 

Tomas I'd agree that if they that just tour and keep singing their old classics indefinitely until there are no more crowds, it would hurt their rep... I just don't see that happening though.  There is one great song so far I've heard which is Children of the Sun.  This could have easily been the last song on the album (it was the first), a fitting and gracious goodbye, I mean that in the best sense.

Dead Can Dance - Children Of The Sun.wmv (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J6aQEFzB3zQ#)

Yep, i liked the track too and thanks for your words about the music :-)

I have to admit iīm a bit biased here. I saw Lisa perfoming live 2011 in Germany and the show was very disappointing. She changed the dressing 5 times (!!!) during the show and they also used an additional (HUGE) Reverb for her voice in almost each song. Of course this doesnīt really fit as the stage was just a medium theatre place. Also, which was the most annoying issue, one of her musician (keyboard player) was performing with no wires plugged in his synth  :o - so it was mainly a playback show with a fake performance. All of this was not really appreciating for me.

When i saw then one of the videos there is a similar issue...once she pretends to plays the Santuri but no sound....

Cheers,
Tomas