In a triumphant return to the gothic rock scene, Leeds-based legends Ghost Dance, fronted by the enigmatic Anne Marie Hurst of Skeletal Family fame, are poised to release their brand new album, The Silent Shout, this May via Voltage Records. Eager to share their haunting soundscapes with fans old and new, the band has announced a run of headline UK gigs in support of the new LP.
Hurst’s journey began in the murky depths of the UK Goth Rock scene as a backing vocalist for the Elements in Keighley. In December 1982, she co-founded the iconic Skeletal Family, only to depart in 1985 and join forces with Gary Marx, ex-guitarist of The Sisters of Mercy, to create Ghost Dance. The band’s Karbon Records days spawned several indie chart hits, later compiled on the Gathering Dust album. In 1989, they signed with Chrysalis Records, releasing the Stop The World album and two more singles, with “Down To The Wire” clawing its way to no.66 on the UK singles chart.
In 2019, Anne Marie breathed new life into Ghost Dance, teaming up with former Harlequyn members Tim Walker, Phil Noble, and Dave Wood. The following year, Stephen Derrig (formerly of Original Sin) solidified the lineup, and work commenced on their eagerly-awaited new album. Both Harlequyn and Original Sin had shared the stage with the original Ghost Dance lineup in the late 80s. The powerful single “Falling Down” dropped on Voltage Records in August 2021, followed by the ethereal “Jessamine” in 2022.
The Silent Shout weaves together eight mesmerizing new tracks and two previously unreleased gems penned by Sisters of Mercy guitarist Gary Marx, who, alongside Anne Marie, co-founded Ghost Dance back in 1985. Featuring a sleeve designed by Keith J Burton, The Silent Shout descends upon the world on May 5th. The album will be available in both CD and vinyl formats through Voltage Records and PHD distribution worldwide, as well as across all major online platforms.
Over the past 18 months, Ghost Dance’s revitalized lineup has captivated audiences at countless sold-out shows throughout the UK, including a spellbinding guest appearance alongside Fields of the Nephilim at the Tomorrow’s Ghosts festival in Whitby.
Catch Ghost Dance live during their UK tour this May.
Ghost Dance Tour Dates:
- May 4, 2023 – Face Bar, Reading, UK
- May 5, 2023 – The Lower Third, London, UK
- May 6, 2023 – Duffy’s, Leicester, UK
- May 13, 2023 – Lending Room, Leeds, UK
- August 5, 2023 – Rebellion Festival, Blackpool, UK
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