"My first reaction was a fear that it would sound so dated", states keyboard player Lyndon Scarfe in the sleeve notes to this CD. Bearing in mind the length of time that has passed since the Danse Society's demise in 1984. it is tempting to agree with the man and dismiss this release as irrelevant.
But you would only do that if you had not heard the music. This CD serves as a unique piece of documentary evidence for just how far ahead of its time this band was. Perhaps the only band that could be compared is Bauhaus.
The material on Seduction was recorded between 1981 and 1983, two years before the breakthrough of the Sisters of Mercy and the Cult, yet the sound is as archetypal of the goth genre as any of the aforementioned bands. Yet, at the time in question there was no genre as such.
The only obvious point of reference on the CD is Joy Division, with regard to both the rhythmic and vocal elements. But Joy Division were hardly a goth band. The Danse Society probably were, even if they may not have been aware of it at the time. Simply speaking, their influence on bands who went on to influence other bands seems to have been phenomenal, though I doubt many people would admit this.
I discovered the Danse Society somewhat late and approximately half of the material on this LP has been inaccessible to me until now. Yes, it sounds very 80s, but only seldom dated. This is the best record I have bought this year.
As a piece of alternative-musical history, this CD is a must. But it is also more than that.
Surely a re-release of the bands first proper LP "Heaven is Waiting" is just around the corner.