Dum Dum Girls' Sandra Vu Discusses Her Side Project, Sisu

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Sandra Vu may be better known for her skills behind the drum kit for Los Angeles' Dum Dum Girls, but she's been working on her own project, Sisu, before her opportunity with the all-girl rock outfit even came about. Now, with a self-released EP available online (and soon on vinyl) and a full-length in the works, Vu is beginning to focus more on her brainchild.

Though balancing between the two has proved difficult, the multi-instrumentalist works on Sisu whenever she has a free moment and even squeezed in a short, California tour for the now five-piece band. Ahead of their show at Burger Records in Fullerton (originally scheduled for the Constellation Room)  tonight, Vu chatted with us about her two projects, as well as her love for all things DIY.

OC Weekly (Katrina Nattress): Sisu is currently on a short, California tour. Do you have plans to tour more extensively next year?

Sandra Vu: Yes. We're looking into booking for early next year. We have an EP online that we're going to press on vinyl, and then try and work out our plans for touring with the full-length that's going to come out in Spring.

You did everything for the EP by yourself. What made you decide to go the DIY route?

I just get really frustrated having to wait around for labels. I've had this full-length that we're going to release next year done for a long time, and I needed something else out. We had an opening for the Dum Dum Girls a few months ago, and it was mainly just to have something out so we could sell on the floor. My bandmate Ryan [Wood] can do the recording and engineering and stuff, so we decided to do it just to do it and get it out fast.

Will the full-length be released through a label?

Yeah, actually we are working with a brand new label through New York called Mono Prism.


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