AU – Solid Gold Live Performance Video (Into The Woods)

AU’s music is insane — in a marching band out of a circus hall-of-mirrors kind of way. Senses of up and down and left and right are obliterated in maximalist fashion; their recent Into The Woods session utilizes quick cuts galore to highlight the Portland band’s trumpet-sax-guitar-drum-keys madness. It matters little that they’re performing in an extremely modest living room, or that there’s people hanging around in the background doing nothing constructive. Such is the epic and frenetic energy of AU: like noise-thrash musicians turned band camp leaders and slowed down only temporarily by brief vocal meditations on meditating.

The band is releasing its third full-length album, Both Lights, on Hometapes on April 3 and in the UK via The Leaf Label on April 2. We at REDEFINE are also excited to announce that AU are playing our upcoming SXSW showcase on Friday, March 16th, at House Of Commons. Their other tour dates can be seen below, where they will be touring the United States and Europe with a host of ridiculously awesome bands.

Directed by Hannah Gregg
Edited by Steve Wyshywaniuk
Audio by Jeff Hylton Simmons
Camera by Steve Wyshywaniuk, Rodrigo Melgarejo, Jaclyn Campanaro
Words by Will Giardino (which can be seen HERE)

* = w/ Deerhoof
¥ = w/ The Dodos
# = w/ The Velvet Teen
¼ = w/ Built To Spill, Typhoon & Y La Bamba
+ = w/ Said The Whale
^ = w/ Tu Fawning, Parenthetical Girls & Grandparents
& = w/ Aan
¢ = w/ Zulu Winter & Choir Of Young Believers
£ = w/ Country Trash
% = w/ Leverage Models
~ = w/ Xiu Xiu
! = w/ Blues Control
@ = w/ The Thermals
$ = w/ Dungen

02/25 Sacramento, CA Bows And Arrows
02/26 San Francisco, CA Noise Pop Festival at Great American Music Hall ¥
03/03 Portland, OR The Doug Fir ^
03/08 Santa Cruz, CA Crepe Place
03/09 Los Angeles, CA The Echo $
03/10 Tucson, AZ Plush +
03/11 Phoenix, AZ Rhythm Room #+
03/13 Santa Fe, NM SOL at Santa Fe Brewing *
03/14 – 03/17 Austin, TX SXSW
03/18 Wichita, KS Rock Island Live
03/19 Lawrence, KS The Replay
03/20 Denver, CO The Hi Dive &
03/21 Boulder, CO The Cherryvale
03/22 Salt Lake City, UT Kilby Court &
03/24 Boise, ID Treefort Music Festival ¼
03/29 Brooklyn, NY Cameo Gallery %
04/04 Zurich, CH Papiersaal
04/05 Faenza, IT Clandestino
04/06 Rome, IT Init
04/07 Terni, IT Palmetta
04/09 Vienna, AT WUK ~
04/10 Munich, DE Kranhalle at Feierwerk ~
04/11 Berlin, DE Festsaal Kreuzberg ~
04/12 Hamburg, DE Kampnagel ~
04/14 Warsaw, PL Cafe Kulturalna
04/15 Wroclaw, PL Puzzle
04/17 Gent, BE Video
04/18 Liege, BE Le Fiacre
04/20 Metz, FR Les Trinitaires
04/22 Rotterdam, NL Worm !
04/27 Paris, FR Keep Portland Weird Festival @
04/28 Bergen, NO Bergen Kjott $
04/29 Oslo, NO Revolver
05/02 Stockholm, SE Fritz’s Corner at Lilla Hotelbaren
05/03 Copenhagen, DK Huset i Magstraede
05/05 Luxembourg, LU EXIT07

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Vee Hua 華婷婷

Vee Hua 華婷婷 (they/them) 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.

Vee has two narrative short films. Searching Skies (2017) touches on Syrian refugee resettlement in the United States; with it, they helped co-organize The Seventh Art Stand, a national film and civil rights discussion series against Islamophobia. Reckless Spirits (2022) is a metaphysical, multi-lingual POC buddy comedy for a bleak new era, in anticipation of a feature-length project.

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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