April 2011 – Brendan Perry formed Dead Can Dance in late 1981 together with Simon Monroe (of The Marching Girls) on drums and Paul Erikson on bass guitar. Lisa Gerrard was to complement the line up a few months later performing electronic percussion and backing vocals. After relocating from Australia to London they set about the task of finding a new drummer and eventually secured the services of Peter Ulrich who just happened to live in the next block of flats to Lisa and Brendan on the Isle of Dogs in East London. Dead Can Dance released a total of nine albums including a live concert video album over a period of sixteen years to considerable public and critical acclaim. It was whilst writing what was to become their ninth studio album that relations between Brendan and Lisa began to sour and it was mutually decided to end their musical collaboration as Dead Can Dance in order to pursue separate solo careers. Dead Can Dance’s music often suggested a search for meaning and sense in the world, and Brendan has taken up a similar journey in his solo work. But instead of looking at the external world, he has decided to explore the inner world of his own private universe. In 2005 Brendan and Lisa briefly reformed Dead Can Dance for a final farewell world tour, headlining at The Hollywood Bowl and Radio City, New York, accompanied by a 40 piece chamber orchestra conducted by Jeff Rona. Two new songs were written especially for this tour, ‘Babylon’ an indictment of the US political war machine and ‘Crescent’ a life affirming ode to nature and the human spirit. Studio versions of these songs appear on Brendan’s new album Ark which is his first solo release since 1999’s Eye Of The Hunter. Released on The End and available May 24th, 2011.
02. The Bogus Man
06. This Boy
07. The Devil And The Deep Blue Sea