San Francsico trio THE VANISHING return to GSL with a follow-up to last year's Songs for Psychotic Children full-length. Fronted by former SUBTONIX sax player Jesse Eva, the band have amassed a growing cult of loyal fans, gripped by the band's sultry goth-dance rhythms and Eva's manic, unpredictable live presence. The San Francisco Bay Guardian, in describing the band's 'exhilerating synth-driven sound and visual stage show', insist that THE VANISHING 'can't be written off as just goths', and that much is pretty undeniable. Traces of GLASS CANDY, ADULT, SISTERS OF MERCY and THE BIRTHDAY PARTY hint at the band's versatility, and the brisk sales of Songs... suggests they are indeed striking a chord amongst the disaffected pale-faced youth of Amerika. A recent European tour and three-week residency in Berlin's avant-garde hotbed, Kreutzberg, evidently had the desired results: the band have decided to relocate there in Summer 2004! In the meantime, they're finishing up their second album (tentatively entitled Still Lifes Are Failing) and doing a west coast tour in June. On the EP, THE VANISHING'S two new tracks are followed by a pair from Berkeley's SIXTEENS, also a trio with an affinity for the darker side of life. Comparable to a synth-happy CHRISTIAN DEATH by way of SUICIDE, SIXTEENS have been playing around the Bay Area and touring the U..S. for the past few years. They recently issued a full-length on SF's Cochon Records.
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