A year after forming in Melbourne, Australia, in 1981, the members of Dead Can Dance moved to London, where they came into contact with the great post-punk bands of the era, such as the Sound, Comsat Angels and Death in June. The dark urgency of that music can be heard in the group's self-titled debut, from 1984. By the end of the decade, however, Brendan Perry and Lisa Gerrard's interest in archaic music of all cultures took over their songwriting. The result was a vibrant sound with roots in world music, but with the aesthetic of ancient minstrels drawing upon a timeless universal poetry. The band re-formed in 2011 for a string of dates that led to the recording of its new album, the soothing yet haunting Anastasis. (Stop by backbeatblog.com for a full Q&A with Brendan Perry.)
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