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Dance for the Dying


Dance for the Dying is a synth-driven dance-rock quartet that fuses the joyful with the melancholy to craft infectiously catchy tunes. Based in Washington, D.C, the group was formed by drummer Chris Link. Mr. Link found inspiration on a trip to India which set him on a musical mission. Through the power of the internet and mutual acquaintances, he recruited guitarist Joshua Hunter and vocalist M.C. Wolfe in 2009 and the three began crafting original songs. The band found their sought-after fourth member when guitarist-turned-bassist Brad Cantor joined the group in 2010.  Now the band has a distinct sound of 80's and 90's goth and pop with fast paced rock rhythms. 

Dance for the Dying released their eponymous debut EP in July, 2011. Shortly thereafter, select tracks from the EP became available on the Rock Band Network for Xbox; these were later included for gameplay. Due to the success of these original selections, all five songs from the original EP are now available on the Rock Band Network.

The band's song "Echo" was included on Paul Frank's Academy of Awesome compilation (released Thanksgiving, 2011) and was listed as one of the Top 10 Songs of 2011 by DC 101's "Local Lix" radio program. The band has also received steady air time on internet radio stations in the United States and Canada.

Dance for the Dying has continued to write new music while touring and playing live shows for the past several months and will be releasing their second EP in the fall of 2012.

For more information about Dance for the Dying, please visit For their latest news and whereabouts, you can find them on Facebook at or follow them on Twitter @dance4thedying.

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Watch Past Performances

Video 6/27/2012: Dance for the Dying

Listen Local First DC presents the D.C.-based a synth-driven dance-rock quartet.

Dance for the Dying