Dirty Beaches, Sisu, DJ Carbo

"It's not hard to get tangled up in the Name Game while listening to Dirty Beaches. Alex Zhang Hungtai's schizo romantic crooning alter ego is chillwave-ugly in name and greaser-gorgeous in execution, as defined by its many references as it is by its creeping allure. The recently released "Sweet 17" mines a few crucial touch points -- Suicide's desiccated punk wailing, the existentialism of David Lynch's ominous Lost Highway, Duane Eddy's rollicking echo rock -- to create something that slashes ligaments and hits the bone. In this moment of relentless, unchecked nostalgia, the 1950s have remained a curiously under-romanticized era, with a torrent of mystery and unmined cool ready to be pillaged. Hungtai, clearly an admirer of the decade, has a blood-red baritone that explodes into shrieks here, revealing some alien hybrid of Elvis Presley and Jerry Lee Lewis. Dirty Beaches' forthcoming Badlands EP splits its time between corroded dream-pop and this sort of menacing road music. Brace yourself for the pomade revolution." --Pitchfork.com

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.

SISU is:

Sandra Vu (vocals, guitar)
Ryan Wood (guitar, synth)
Nathanael Keefer (drums)
Jules Medeiros (synth, backing vocals)
Chris Stevens (bass)

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Dirty Beaches, Sisu, DJ Carbo

Thursday, September 5 · 8:00 PM at Church