Saturday, June 5, 2021

Fade to Black - Corridors of Gender ep (1984, CD Presents)

Yep, you can discern by the cover alone what this one is all about.  Goth. Darkwave. Deathrock. Embrace it or dismiss it. In the case of the Bay Area's Fade to Black. I'm absolutely inclined to the do the latter for the opening salvo, "Black Box," an exercise in contrived, pious-as-hell vocals with appropriately accompanying timpani percussion. All tension, no release here.  Thankfully this quartet (who by the way feature a pre-Game Theory Gil Ray on skins) recover swiftly on the next three cuts, effectively finagling with Anglophile affectations pioneered by the likes of Bauhaus, Siouxsie and Bauhaus.  Heck, I'm even picking up on trace elements of everything from the Chameleons to Christian Death on Corridors of Gender. Unfortunately, the finale is another maudlin waste.  Per Discogs, attempts were made around a decade ago to anthologize the sounds of FtG digitally, but you'd be hard pressed to locate them at a reasonable price if at all.

01. Black Box
02. Forward From Hell
03. Towers Open Fire
04. Soundtrack
05. Cinema Blue


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