Concert Review

Sisu at The Satellite in Los Angeles

Words by Ice Cream Man

Photos by Stephen Loh

When I got the chance to see Sisu and Colleen Green at the Satellite, formerly known as Spaceland, I was pretty excited. A friend and photographer for Ice Cream Man, Stephen Loh, had left a ticket for me. I drove towards Silverlake from Long Beach and arrived as Sisu was beginning their second song. I missed Tropical Popsicle, but was quite pleased with Sandra Vu on vocals and the rest of Sisu. Sisu is a five piece that hails from Los Angeles. They are touring right now on the west coast. Vu, who plays drums in the Dum Dum Girls, a Sub Pop band, sings and plays guitar for Sisu. I really enjoyed their set. They have a current brand of LA rock going on, but with a 80s tinge coming through. Definitely in a good way, they are like the Bangles crossed with Siouxsie and the Banshees. The droning bass lines created this ethereal sound that gave the music a dark tone. Sisu’s brand of rock, also hearkens back to 70s psychedelic rock, but probably doesn’t belong in that category because of Vu’s vocals, reminiscent of Kim Deal from the Breeders, that provide a beautiful tone to an otherwise gritty rhythm section. They played the songs off of their Ep Demon Tapes Vol. 2. ending the set with “Two Thousand Hands,” their most upbeat song of the night. Vu sings and takes hard breathes into the microphone singing, “Huh, huh, huh, huh, huh, huh, huh, huh, huh.” moving back and forth with each breath. That was the raddest part of the set and the best song of the night.

The Satellite is a nice venue with a second room that has its own bar and pool table. The main room features the stage with a dance floor. To the side there is a bar.

Colleen Green ended the evening appearing on stage wearing sunglasses and a t-shirt. She played with a guitar and was accompanied by a syncopated drum machine. Unfortunately, I didn’t pay too much attention to her set because I had come to watch Sisu, but having listened to her later, I regret not watching more intently. Green has gained popularity by covering old punk tunes from the likes of the Descendant and the Ramones. Her set has great, but she had minor difficulties with her drum machine. She played a couple of her signature covers including the Corey Hart tune “Sunglasses at night” to end the set which was very fitting of course since she was donning shades. Overall, it was fine evening. I was able to meet Vu and thank her for a great set, and I made it home safely.

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