Keyboards: Lyndon Scarfe, David Whitaker, Sam Bollands
Bass: Tim Wrigh, Martin Roberts, Billy Bostanci
Drums: Paul Gilmartin, Iain Hunter, Joss Rylance, Tom Davenport
The Danse Society are a post punk (the precursory term for Gothic rock ) group coming from Barsnley, England, active from 1980. The original line-up included Steve Rawlings (voice), Paul Nash (guitar), Lyndon Scarfe (keyboards), Tim Wright (bass) and Paul Gilmartin (drums). Lyndon Scarfe was replaced by David Whitaker (formally of band Music for Pleasure) after the Heaven is Waiting Album.
In 1980, they recorded and released their first 7" single, "Clock," on their own newly-formed record label, Society Records.
The Seduction was their first independent album released on Society Records in 1982, a six-track album containing the live favourites "Godsend", "Ambition" and "Danse Move" as well as the atmospheric classic "In Heaven Everything is Fine". They recorded several Radio 1 sessions including a released John Peel session 'Woman's Own" and "Were So Happy" and topped the Independent Charts with the single "Somewhere".
Their most well known album, Heaven is Waiting, was released in December, 1983 by Arista. The album contained the singles "Wake Up" and "Heaven is Waiting" and a cover of The Rolling Stones song, "2000 light years from home", released in 1984 as a 12" single and as a limited edition double single. They released two further singles under Arista "Say it Again' and "Hold On". In 1986 after releasing their final album as Danse Society International, Looking Through back on their own label again the band split from Rawlings and the other band members left to form Johnny In The Clouds.
Rawlings later reappeared in 1987 as Society with the single, "Saturn Girl". After 1987, Rawlings continued to pursue his path in music in America with Meridian Dream.
REFORMATION AND CURRENT STATUS
At the end of 2009, Former members Paul Nash, Paul Gilmartin and David Whitaker met up for the first time in 24 years and decided to reform the band with the initial agreement of Steve Rawlings also re-joining the band. Over the next 9 months instrumental tracks were recorded and Steve briefly met the band in the UK in Oct 2010 but returned to America after recording just one vocal track. Plans changed when after that initial meeting, the band lost contact with Steve.
In January 2011 founder of Blooding Mask vocalist Maethelyiah joined the band and recorded vocals on all 13 tracks and the official news was revealed in May 2011. Since then the album Change of Skin has been refined and mixed and was released in July 2011.
A double A single was also released on good Friday 6th April with "Vatican" and "The Seduction 2012" (remake of the original The Seduction) and both videos were released at the same time.
4 official video clips were produced: "Revelation", "God Cry", "Vatican" and "The Seduction 2012".
Bassist Martin Roberts joins The Danse Society.
A second new album since the reunion Scarey Tales was produced, along with official music video White Rabbit, cover from the original track by Jefferson Airplane.
During the Glory or Grace UK Tour and in January 2014, unfortunately Paul Gilmartin, ignoring band mates and fans commitments, publicly resigned from the band rather animously, followed by Martin Roberts who joined System of Hate. The tour was therefore cancelled due to the lack of sufficient notice.
Drum and bass were initially replaced by Iain Hunter and Lee Jones but soon afterwards Jack Cooper took over the bassist position. In September 2014 David Whitaker leaves the band amicably to be full time working on his recording studio in Leeds. He is then replaced by Sam Bollands one month later.
The band headquarter becomes officially Scarborough.
A new AA single If I were Jesus/Sound of Silence (dark cover of Paul Simon's masterpiece) released on purple vinyl as well as digital download on Itunes on the 5th December 2014.
A new videoclip was released on the same day, recording more than 1000 views in the first week and getting the best response from the public and the press the band had in the last 4 years.
"VI" the 6th and new album is being announced out in August 2015. It is accompanied by the lyric video AWESOME and STAR WHISPERER.
In 2017 The band releases a new EP FUTUR1ST in anticipation of the 7th album with new drummer Joss Rylance replacing Iaina Hunter, who left amicably the band for family reasons. The EP contains two new tracks "Scream" and "One thought in heaven" and a new cover of HURT (NIN/Johnny Cash) to help raising funds for Sophie Lancaster Foundation.
In 2018 drummer Joss Rylance is replaced by Tom Davenport for family reasons.
The band released Sailing Mirrors 7th album in 2020 when the national covid lockdown eased.
Just before the southern parf of the 2021 Strange Daze Tour, Sam Bollands and Tom Davenport have left the band due to concerns over covid spread and for family reasons. They were promptly replaced by Jono Mori on Keyboards (also in the band Momento Mori on guitars) and Dylan Riley (who also plays guitar as well). During the same tour, bassist Jack Cooper was temporarily replaced by Billy Bostanci.
Past Live shows include Futurama, John Peel sessions, Leipzig at the Wave Gotik Treffen in Germany, London's Slimelight, headlined the Spiderweb's Festival in Bristol and Bomfest in Barnsley, International SCI-FI Festival, Whitby Goth Weekend, Headlands, Black Rose, Yorkshire Coast Festival and Headlands in the UK, Lumous Festival in Finland, Porta Nigra in Belgium, toured in Portugal and in Netherlands and more to come.
WHERE ARE THEY NOW?
Lyndon Scarfe is currently producing solo material and is also the guitarist in the band Black Lamps.
David Whitaker temporarly played the bass with the Expelaires but as far as we know he has left the band to work full time in his recording studio Czar in Leeds.
Martin Roberts has amicably resigned from System of Hate and is now working on new music, which we hope to know more about.
Paul Gilmartin has formed a new band. He attempted to register a trademark to take possession of The Danse Society name and engaged in a 2 years legal battle which he lost on the 16th November 2016.
Steve and Tim, as far as we know have retired.
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