The Danse Society
|The Danse Society|
The Danse Society, October 2011
|Genres||Gothic rock, post-punk, synthpop, new wave|
|Associated acts||Johnny in the Clouds, Society, Meridian Dream, Party Day|
|Past members||Paul Gilmartin
The Danse Society are an English gothic rock band, formed in Barnsley in 1980. They were originally active until 1987, reforming in 2011. They achieved moderate success during their career. Their lineup included Steve Rawlings (vocals), Paul Nash (guitar), Lyndon Scarfe (keyboards), Tim Wright (bass guitar) and Paul Gilmartin (drums). Scarfe was replaced by David Whitaker (formerly of Music for Pleasure) after the Heaven Is Waiting album.
Originally called Y? and then Danse Crazy (changed due to the emerging Two Tone scene), Danse Society recorded and released their first single, "Clock", on their own newly formed record label Society in 1980. They released their debut studio album, Seduction, in 1982. It reached No. 3 in the UK Indie Chart.
Their second studio album, Heaven Is Waiting, was released in December 1983 on record label Arista. It reached No. 39 in the UK albums chart. The album contained a cover of The Rolling Stones' song "2000 Light Years from Home", also edited in 1984 as a 12" single and as a limited-edition double single. In 1986, after releasing their final album, Looking Through, as The Danse Society International, all of the band members except lead singer Rawlings left to form Johnny in the Clouds.
A campaign titled The Danse Society Reformation Plot was started on Facebook at the end of 2009 and succeeded in bringing most of the band back together. The reformed Danse Society, featuring new vocalist Maethelyiah from the group Blooding Mask, released their fourth studio album, Change of Skin, in July 2011. This was followed in November 2011 with the first single to be taken from the album, "God Cry". In April 2012 they released the second single from Change of Skin, "Vatican", backed with a reworking of their classic early song "Seduction". Their first live gig in 25 years was performed at Germany's Wave-Gotik-Treffen festival in May 2012, followed by selected festival dates and the addition of bassist Martin Roberts.
Their fifth studio album, Scarey Tales, was released in February 2013.
Alternate Danse Societies
On 1 February 2014, Danse Society issued an official announcement that Gilmartin and Roberts had unexpectedly resigned from the band, resulting in the cancellation of a series of tour dates. Nash, Whitaker and Maethelyiah continued with Danse Society, joined by new bassist Lee Jones and drummer Iain Hunter. David Whitaker was replaced by Jack Cooper in 2014. 
Gilmartin has since continued with his own version of the Danse Society fronted by Seventh Son vocalist Bri Shaughnessy [2014-16]. The band produced the album 'Reincarnated' in the following year. Together with bass player Ade Clark, guitarist Elliot Wheeler, and keyboard player Darran Guy, Gilmartin regrouped in 2016 with previously unknown singer J Cridford - aiming to refocus the band's post-punk roots. A new album is in production following successful shows with 1919 and The Chameleons Vox.
- Seduction (1982)
- Heaven Is Waiting (1983)
- Looking Through (1986) (as The Danse Society International)
- Change of Skin (2011)
- Scarey Tales (2013)
- VI (2015)
- Reincarnated (2015)
- The Danse Society (1983)
- The Danse Society (1984)
- Demos Vol. 1 (2011)
|Month||Year||Title||UK Singles Chart||UK Indie Chart||Record label|
|March||1981||"There Is No Shame in Death"||—||No. 26||Society|
|July||1983||"We're So Happy"||—||No. 22||Society|
|August||1983||"Wake Up"/"Seduction"||No. 61||—||Arista|
|October||1983||"Heaven Is Waiting"||No. 60||—||Arista|
|March||1984||"2,000 Light Years from Home"||—||—||Arista|
|July||1985||"Say It Again"||—||—||Arista|
|February||1986||"Hold On (To What You've Got)"||—||—||Arista|
|August||1987||"Saturn Girl" (as Society)||—||No. 48||Big Life|
|November||1987||"Love It" (as Society)||—||No. 19||Big Life|
|December||2014||"If I Were Jesus/Sound of Silence"||—||—||Society|
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