The enigmatic Dead Can Dance — led by co-founders and mainstays Brendan Perry and Lisa Gerrard — today announced the release for their ninth studio album, a song cycle of “seven movements representing different facets of the Dionysus myth and his cult.”
The new album Dionysus — the much-anticipated follow-up to Dead Can Dance’s 2012 reunion effort Anastasis, which was the group’s first record in 16 years — is due out Nov. 2 in digital, CD and vinyl formats, plus a deluxe hardback book that includes the album on translucent purple vinyl and CD.
All are now available for pre-order.
In a lengthy note posted to the group’s website, Dead Can Dance details the origin and concept of the new record, noting that, since forming in Australia in 1981, Perry and Gerrard “have been informed by folk traditions from all over Europe, not just solely in terms of instrumentation, but also by secular, religious and spiritual practices.”
“The story to their forthcoming album Dionysus took shape as Brendan Perry became fascinated by long established spring and harvest festivals that had their origins in Dionysian religious practices throughout Europe. The presence of the religion was suppressed during the ideological control of Christianity and Islam since the Roman Empire, and so the influence that Dionysus still had on these festivals would continue to manifest itself albeit in a more censored form.”
Read the full account of Dionysus from Dead Can Dance on the band’s site.
Next spring, the band will embark on a 16-date European tour, playing — with the exception of the opening and closing nights in Rennes, France, and Milan, Italy — two-night stands in London, Brussels, Paris, Utrecht, Berlin, Barcelona and Lisbon. See dates below, and the band’s website for ticketing details.
The tour — dubbed A Celebration — Life & Works 1980-2019 — will be Dead Can Dance’s first in six years, and it’s not yet known whether dates in the U.S. or elsewhere are planned as well.
Below, see the tracklist and cover art for Dionysus, and Dead Can Dance’s tour dates.
Tracklist: Dead Can Dance, Dionysus
“Liberator of Minds”
“Dance of the Bacchantes”
Dead Can Dance tour dates:
May 2: Le Liberte, Rennes, France
May 4: Hammersmith Apollo, London, UK
May 5: Hammersmith Apollo, London, UK
May 7: Cirque Royale, Brussels, Belgium
May 8: Cirque Royale, Brussels, Belgium
May 10: Grand Rex, Paris, France
May 11: Grand Rex, Paris, France
May 13: TivoliVredenburg, Utrecht, Netherlands
May 14: TivoliVredenburg, Utrecht, Netherlands
May 16: Tempodrom, Berlin, Germany
May 17: Tempodrom, Berlin, Germany
May 20: Barts, Barcelona, Spain
May 21: Barts, Barcelona, Spain
May 23: Aula Magna, Lisbon, Portugal
May 24: Aula Magna, Lisbon, Portugal
May 26: Teatro Degli Arcimboldi, Milan, Italy
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