The Echo & Part Time Punks Present
My Bloody Valentine Nite with SISU + So Many Wizards + Tennis System + Heaven + Nightmare Air
DJ Michael Stock
1822 W. Sunset Blvd
The Echoplex is located below The Echo, enter through the alley at 1154 Glendale Blvd
Los Angeles, CA, 90026
This event is all ages
Watch & Listen
Part Time Punks
10pm / 18+
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.
Sandra Vu (vocals, guitar)
Ryan Wood (guitar, synth)
Nathanael Keefer (drums)
Jules Medeiros (synth, backing vocals)
Chris Stevens (bass)
So Many Wizards
What makes So Many Wizards a band to watch is its off-kilter sense of melody and song structure. Lead single "Inner City" has a caffeinated, pogo-stick verse melody catchier than most bands' sharpest choruses; the trippy, inward gem "Best Friends" unwinds deceptively sophisticated chord changes while Kazerouni demonstrates his sweetest falsetto—it's a heartfelt plea for an idyllic romance, as innocently sweet as a second grader's Crayola-penned birthday card ("I don't care what we do / Don't care, as long as there's a park and then a bench for two / I don't care what we do / And as long as we can sit").
Sharing their namesake with a song by predecessor noise pop group The Lilys, TENNIS SYSTEM are keeping the legacies of Sonic Youth, My Bloody Valentine, and the Jesus and Mary Chain alive with their expansive, catchy-as-hell pop songs. Matty Taylor and Misha Bullock are masters of loud and dirty anthems, but rising above the noise that blankets them are Taylor's beautifully sung, dreamy lyrics inspired by both love and art, from the drawings of Egon Schiele to the writing of Aldous Huxley.Teenagers, the group's second LP, was released by Kill/Hurt in December of 2011.
HEAVEN was founded by Jacob Cooper, former drummer of Wavves and The Mae Shi. HEAVEN is essentially a solo project, while there have been other people contributing to the band either on tour or in the studio since its conception.
"Nightmare Air's freakout-meets-space rock sounds like a Silversun Pickups vs. No Age street fight with Crystal Antlers refereeing."
- Kevin Bronson, Buzz Bands LA
"This lot conjure up the grungier side of Smashing Pumpkins but with a better record collection and taste... awesomely epic layered sounds... screaming vocals and catchy melodies."
- Artrocker Magazine, UK
"Bassist/vocalist Swaan Miller really brings out a fragile and approachable quality to these guitar-fueled, glam-coated anthems. If you're a fan of bands like 18th Dye and Serena Maneesh then Nightmare Air are all yours."
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