Old Time Relijun
THE ETERNAL RETURN OF OLD TIME RELIJUN
In the shadows of the psyche lurk monsters!
After a mysterious decade-long hiatus, Olympia, Washington’s OLD TIME RELIJUN return to the highway for a series of very special “23rd anniversary concerts” along the West Coast of the United States, with more dates in the works for 2019. They are reuniting in the classic “Catharsis in Crisis” lineup featuring bandleader Arrington de Dionyso with Aaron Hartman (upright bass), Germaine Baca (drums) and Benjamin Hartman (saxophone and percussion).
Water Rising! Fire Blinding! Old Time Relijun growls in animal languages with a tongue of fire, unleashing the beast from the tightest cages of corporate control. This is Liberation Music. This is the thunder-lightning-tidal-wave of Primordial Sound when we need it more than ever before.
Guided only by star-sheen and wild instinct, the songs of Old Time Relijun dig a tunnel through the murky depths a with burning hunger for indestructible life, embracing joy and terror with crisp juxtapositions between hypnotic pulse and jarring frenzy.
The band will introduce fans to new material in the midst of beloved favorites from the “Lost Light Trilogy” along with ancient sing-along hits such as “Vampire Victim”, “Cold Water” and “Archaeopteryx Claw”.
Multi-instrumentalist and many-times credited studio musician (Dum Dum Girls, Raveonettes) Sandra Vu spent years exploring the psych rock scene in Los Angeles. Now as the front-woman of SISU, she seeks to find the natural balance between the dark with the beautiful. Through deep introspection and sonic experimentation, Blood Tears is the cummulation of Vu’s insomnia-laden nights, where she learned to channel comfort through the means of explosive contrast.
Thematically dark, there is still a certain uplift and sense of light to SISU’s debut album. A distinct danceability and melodic hooks shows her knack for writing pop songs with unpop sounds. “I like to combine ‘loner sounds’—echo-ridden, cold, distorted synth sounds—with pop melodies,” Vu says. “They come from a melancholy place, but offer hope.” “Shotgun Running” is one of Blood Tears most dynamic pieces with Vu employing a mutant form of seduction: breathy vocals that cut through synth soundscapes and pierce through distortion leave a beguiling impression on the listener. Both aggressive and sublime, it’s quintessential SISU.