Concert Reviews

Dead Can Dance at Temple Buell, 8/19/12


See also: Dead Can Dance's Brendan Perry on the trance-inducing powers of making music in 6/8 time

After a mesmerizing set, Dead Can Dance came back on stage for the first encore of the night to the sounds of an organic-industrial beat, azure backlighting helping frame the onset of intense emotions that Brendan Perry carried throughout the show. There was nothing gimmicky about any aspect of the show. It was like seeing something dignified and respectful without being stuffy, and the audience truly returned the favor. While the music had clearly struck a chord with many people, and the crowd's enthusiasm was palpable, even the more exuberant members of the audience waited for song breaks to shout out things at the stage.

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Tom Murphy is a writer, visual artist and musician from Aurora, Colorado. He was a prolific music writer for Westword and a documenter of the Denver music scene.