“Not since Springsteen has there been a Rutstein," exclaimed Rich Warren, 30-year veteran WFMT Chicago Radio Producer after seeing the new disappear fear on stage. SONiA expands on her already exceptionally successful solo career by recreating disappear fear as a power trio. The new band includes Laura Cerulli on percussion and vocals, and Angela Edge on bass and trumpet, along with SONiA on lead vocals, guitar, harmonica and piano. “This band is a natural evolution for me, this format really gives the music a chance to shine.” says SONiA. With new arrangements, lush harmonies, and plenty of power and energy, disappear fear is delivering their own brand of acoustic activism to fans across the United States, and around the globe.
Wasting no time, just six months after their incarnation, disappear fear released a full length live album in October of 2005. Comprised of songs recorded at the Kerrville Folk Festival in Texas, the High Sierra Music Festival in California, the Bluebird Café in Nashville Tennessee and other venues, DFO5 LiVE creates a musical documentary of the band’s first fifty shows together. The album captures the spark of SONIA’s introspective and insightful lyrical gifts through the light of her new band mates and showcases the trio's precise and unwavering attention to grooving with seasoned and new audiences. The result is uncompromised and pure, feminine yet hard, with a sound reminiscent of the earliest days of disappear fear. Their sound is part intelligent folk singer-songwriter, part sweaty rock-and-roll and part whimsical pop. DF05 LiVE includes live versions of tracks from SONiA's most recent solo release ‘No Bomb is Smart’ as well as songs from earlier disappear fear recordings.
Unleashed out of Baltimore, Maryland in 1987, SONiA and her sister CiNDY, together, the original disappear fear, tore up the airwaves and quickly became a cult favorite on the college and festival circuit. After three releases on their own label, disappear fear signed with Rounder/Philo in 1994 to release their award-winning, eponymous CD, featuring Janis Ian and the Indigo Girls. When CiNDY decided to trade her road credentials for motherhood in 1996, SONiA forged ahead as a solo artist and released two albums, Seed in the Sahara and Almost Chocolate, (both on Rounder/Philo) and Me, Too, (on her own disappear records), as well as LiVE at the Down Home (on Winthrop Records), her first live solo album.
Picking up a more acoustic bluesy and world inspired flavor after several international tours, SONiA turned to Nashville, to record No Bomb is Smart in 2004 as a solo artist. She was joined by an impressive cast, including producer Craig Krampf and members of the Dixie Chicks band, Glen Worf of Mark Knopfler's band, and Ed Snodderly of ‘O’ Brother Where Art Thou’, as well as CiNDY, who contributed vocals on 10 out of the 12 tracks. The album was nominated for a GRAMMY award in the Contemporary Folk category and for an Out Music award for Best Female Artist.
SONiA, and every incarnation of disappear fear that ever was, continues to win fans around the world, and this new band is no exception. Since a highly celebrated October 2005 CD release party, complete with three encores from an enthusiastic crowd in SONiA’s hometown of Baltimore, the band has been touring relentlessly throughout the US and Canada. The current tour will culminate with a performance at World Pride in Jerusalem Israel in August 2006.