The Phantom Limbs formed in Oakland, California in 1999. They combined new wave, goth, and punk to create their unique insane dark carnival sound. With a legendary live act, they were quickly picked up by Jello Biafra of the label Alternative Tentacles. After he caught them at 924 Gilman Street he declared that they are the strangest band he had ever witnessed at Gilman. Three US tours and two European tours later, the 'limbs played their final show with Vanishing in Berlin on 23rd October 2004.