Dance for the Dying
Teams up with CMJ to
Premiere New Song “Mannequin” Today!
“The guitar riffs are upbeat and party-ready and [lead singer, M.C.] Wolfe’s powerful voice and
commanding stage presence will capture your attention
as swiftly and surely as the Wilson sisters of Heart did three decades ago.”
The D.C. based synth-driven indie-rock quartet Dance for the Dying has teamed up with CMJ to release the song, “Mannequin” today! This is the first single off the band’s upcoming EP, Puzzles for the Traveler, out October 2nd. With a sound reminiscent of Blondie, The Cureand Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Dance for the Dying brings a new-age appeal to 80’s and 90’s post-punk and New Wave rock. The band effortlessly fuses the joyful with the melancholy to craft infectiously danceable and catchy tunes, complete with hand claps, soaring synths and explosive choruses. Listen to “Mannequin” by Dance for the Dying on CMJ.com here: http://bit.ly/dftd_CMJ
Puzzles for the Traveler is a follow-up to the band’s successful 2011 self-titled EP. Select tracks from the EP were instant hits when they were released for the Rock Band video game. Due to the success of these original selections, all five songs from the original EP are now available on the Rock Band Network.
Dance for the Dying is M.C. Wolfe (vocals), Chris Link (drums), Joshua Hunter (guitar and synthesizer) and Brad Cantor (bass and synthesizer). The group was formed after Link found inspiration on a trip to India that set him on a musical mission. After his return, and through the power of the internet and mutual acquaintance, he recruited Hunter, Wolfe and Cantor by 2010 and they began crafting original songs while building their live sound.
Link’s trip to India not only motivated the band’s formation, but also inspired unique band name. Link saw children dancing and putting on skits to pay homage the sick and elderly people in their town. “I thought that not only was it an endearing gesture toward humanity, but also a nice parallel to what I thought a band should strive for when it entertains audiences; to enjoy life together while we are alive!”
Dance for the Dying has shared the stage with nationally touring acts The Psychedelic Furs, Mother Mother and Charlene Kaye. As a D.C. band, they have been honored to play at iconic venues such as the The Kennedy Center, The Smithsonian and National Mall.
The band’s song “Echo” from their 2011 EP was included on Paul Frank’s Academy of Awesome 2011 compilation and was listed as one of the Top 10 Songs of 2011 by DC 101’s “Local Lix” radio program.
Dance for the Dying will release Puzzles for the Traveler on October 2nd. Please head to www.danceforthedying.com for more updates.
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