The Pale Pacific – Rules Are Predictable EP Album Review

Formerly known as the Pale, the Pale Pacific’s name change reminds me too much of the horrendous pop-punk band, Amber Pacific. Had I not known of the name change, I probably would have skipped right by the Pale Pacific at the record store. Negative association. The opening track, “Sucker Punch,” is great, and is reminiscent of the Pale we’re used to, but it’s the only outstanding track, rendering the EP hardly worth purchasing. It shouldn’t mean much, though, considering their kick-ass debut album, Gravity Gets Things Done. The Pale Pacific is capable of much more than this, and I’m just glad that these tracks were wasted on an EP and not on an actual album.

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Vee Hua 華婷婷

Vee Hua 華婷婷 (they/she) is a writer, filmmaker, and organizer with semi-nomadic tendencies. Much of their work unifies their metaphysical interests with their belief that art can positively transform the self and society. They are the Editor-in-Chief of REDEFINE, Interim Managing Editor of South Seattle Emerald, and Co-Chair of the Seattle Arts Commission. They also previously served as the Executive Director of the interdisciplinary community hub, Northwest Film Forum, where they played a key role in making the space more welcoming and accessible for diverse audiences.

In 2017, Vee released the narrative short film, Searching Skies — which touches on Syrian refugee resettlement in the United States — and co-organized The Seventh Art Stand, a national film and civil rights discussion series against Islamophobia. 2022 sees the release of their next short film, Reckless Spirits, which is a metaphysical, multi-lingual POC buddy comedy for a bleak new era, in anticipation of a feature film.

Vee is passionate about cultural space, the environment, and finding ways to covertly and overtly disrupt oppressive structures. They also regularly share observational human stories through their storytelling newsletter, RAMBLIN’ WITH VEE!, and are pursuing a Master’s in Tribal Resource and Environmental Stewardship under the Native American Studies Department at the University of Minnesota.

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