“Dum Dum Girls” Sandra Vu Brings Synth-waves SISU to China
SISU, the solo project of Dum Dum Girls drummer Sandra Vu, is heading to four cities in China presenting “echo-ridden, cold, distorted synth sounds” from Los Angeles. The band employs traditional and electronic instruments and their sound has been categorized as Psychedelic Pop, Electronic, and Shoegaze. SISU played with Cat Power, A Place to Bury Strangers, Crocodiles, and other indie rock bands all over US and Europe. In October, SISU played with Carsick Cars, Chui Wan and Alpine Decline in Los Angeles for “Save Music in Chinatown”. As the first tour in Asia, SISU is going to bring the dark and dreamy sounds and visuals to Beijing, Chengdu, Wuhan and Shanghai.
Multi-instrumentalist and many-times credited studio musician (Dum Dum Girls, Boredoms, The Raveonettes) Sandra Vu spent years exploring the psych rock scene in Los Angeles. Now as the front-woman of SISU, she seeks to find the natural balance between the dark with the beautiful. Through deep introspection and sonic experimentation, SISU’s music is the accumulation of Vu’s insomnia-laden nights, where she learned to channel comfort through the means of explosive contrast.
Thematically dark, there is still a certain uplift and sense of light to SISU’s debut album, Blood Tears. A distinct danceability and melodic hooks shows her knack for writing pop songs with unpop sounds. “I like to combine ‘loner sounds’—echo-ridden, cold, distorted synth sounds—with pop melodies,” Vu says. “They come from a melancholy place, but offer hope.” “Shotgun Running” is one of Blood Tears most dynamic pieces with Vu employing a mutant form of seduction: breathy vocals that cut through synth soundscapes and pierce through distortion leave a beguiling impression on the listener. Both aggressive and sublime, it’s quintessential SISU.
Blood Tears is about barreling into the fire of human tendencies—the dichotomies and struggles between desire and disgust, hope and doubt. To be human is to feel pain, and Vu attempts to find a cathartic rhythm that not only confronts these fears, but also soothes the lonely heart.
SISU – Harpoons MV http://v.qq.com/x/page/f0338wgy05t.html
SISU – Two Thousand Hands MV http://v.qq.com/x/page/s0338k8nj83.html
SISU – BTR Live Studio http://v.qq.com/x/page/p03384ecfwa.html
SISU – Return the Favor Live http://v.qq.com/x/page/x0338cb62tc.html
Date and Time: Nov 18th (Friday) 21:00
Venue: Modernsky Lab
Address: Floor B1 D 5-108, Galaxy Soho, Chaoyangmen, Dongcheng District
Tickets: 130RMB (Presale), 160RMB (Door)
Guest: Earsnail (Wang Xu and Yan Shuai)
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Date and Time: Nov 20th (Sunday) 21:00
Venue: School Bar
Address: 53 Wudaoying Hutong, Dongcheng District (东城区五道营胡同53号)
Tickets: 120RMB (Presale), 150RMB (Door)
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