SISU (pronounced "see-soo") is from Los Angeles, California. Led by Sandra Vu, who also plays drums in Dum Dum Girls, the group is completed by Ryan Wood, Nathanael Keefer, Chris Stevens, and Jules Medeiros.
SISU began as a means of therapy for Vu after the previous band she played drums in, Midnight Movies, ended. The endeavor was a way for her to work through and overcome disappointment and disillusionment.
Listeners may be surprised that SISU offers a strikingly different sound and mood from Dum Dum Girls: spare electro beats, sinewy basslines, undulating synths, shimmering guitar, gossamer flute. Floating above it all is Vu's voice, vulnerable and breathy. This is exquisite, devastating music.
Vu records much of the music herself at home. Wood and Keefer helped her complete it in-studio, with Lars Stalfors (The Mars Volta, Marnie Stern) mixing.
Discovering a spectacular new band is an incomparable thrill. The first few listens; the goosebumps from elation. It's rare these days to hear music that's not affected by hype and expectation. Here is such an opportunity.