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

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You're also a member of Dum Dum Girls, so what made you decide to start a side project?

Actually, I was doing this band before I ever joined Dum Dum Girls. I'd already been working on it and writing songs--and this is around 2009--and then the Dum Dum Girls opportunity came around, and obviously that was a huge opportunity for me; I love playing drums too. Now it's more of trying to figure out how to work on Sisu in between Dum Dum Girls stuff.

So is Dum Dum Girls still your main priority right now?

It is because it's kind of my bread and butter at this point. I obviously love playing in that band too, but Sisu is my real passion.

Since you are so busy with Dum Dum Girls, do you find it difficult to balance both projects?

Yeah, it's really difficult actually. With Dum Dum Girls, we have a lot of stuff going on, but it's still hard to kind of perceive what we're going to be doing next year, for instance, and with a band you kind of have to know when you're going to be free way in advance--like six to nine months--and that's kind of why I have to do more DIY stuff, because then I can just do it when I have time and don't have to plan with a company or anything.

While listening to Sisu it sounds much different than Dum Dum Girls--sparse, dark, more synth. What would you say are the largest differences between the bands?

Probably the biggest difference is that we use a lot of synth and keyboards, where Dum Dum Girls is more straightforward rock 'n' roll. Dee Dee [Penny] and I have similar tastes in music, but it comes out different. She mainly writes songs with guitar and her voice, where Sisu could be inspired by a keyboard part or drum part, or guitar too, but I think you can tell it comes out differently. It's not a straightforward rock band.

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