Dance For The Dying Bring Life To Day One Of The CMJ Music Festival

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Dance For The Dying, a synth-rock indie band from D.C., headlined the CMJ Music Festival line-up at the Fat Baby bar/lounge on the Lower East Side last night. The band played the last show at 12am after opening acts Big Scary, Gold and Youth, Idgy Dean and The Dead Ships.

Lead singer M.C. Wolfe took to the stage in her fishnets, sequence skirt and matching tutu strumming on her pink keytar. Her 80s-style inspired outfit was just a small taste of the band’s overall vibe and sound of catchy dance tunes.

The dimly lit lower level of this speakeasy-esque venue provided an intimate setting for the band with red lighting and glitter filled balloons.

Actively interacting with the crowd, Wolfe threw balloons into the crowd and thanked everyone for staying out late on a Tuesday saying, “It’s early Wednesday now just keep going.” Her “thank you” was a magic trick; popping balloons and covering the crowd with a surprise shower of glitter.

[PHOTOS] Dance For The Dying bring life to CMJ’s first night!

The band was formed by drummer, Chris Link, after a trip to India prompted his passion to pursue a music career. The band’s name derives from a true story Chris heard while on his trip where village children would put on dance performances for the elderly that were waiting to “expire.”

Aroused by this notion of stimulating life through musical performance, he strung together a group of four musicians through mutual acquaintances and the web to join him on his musical movement. Guitar synthesizer Joshua Hunter and Bass synthesizer Brad Cantor along with Wolfe were recruited by 2010 and began creating original material and experimenting with beats to formulate their distinct sound.

Although Dance For The Dying has only existed for two years, they have had much success over social media platforms with their self-titled debut EP in July 2011. Select songs from their first album were featured on the Rock Band Network for Xbox and later on on the Playstation 3 format.

Dance For The Dying has also opened for popular artists such as the Psychedelic Furs and Mother Mother.
This is the band’s first official CMJ showcase, just in time to help promote their follow-up EP, “Puzzles for the Traveler,” currently available on iTunes for digital download.

The set lists included hit singles like “Thug Love” and “Echo” as well as some new tracks. You can catch Dance For The Dying on tour throughout October in cities all over the north east area such as Philly, D.C. and Baltimore.

Dance For The Dying setlist:

  • Mannequin
  • Death in the Garden
  • Thug Love
  • Echo
  • El Monstro
  • Drown
  • Cold
  • Ordinary Objects
  • Memento

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–Maria Bonello, CBS Local


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