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AU announces new EP, Versions, plus tour dates with WHY? and on their own

By July 31, 2009No Comments


MP3: AU – “Ida Walked Away”

From 20 to 2, AU’s new EP, Versions, builds joyously from the successes of it’s previous LP, Verbs. Shifting from AU’s previous albums, which saw lengthy lists of friends helping out and a live act that could swell to 20 with a revolving door of players from Portland, OR, Versions marks the evolution of it’s sound into something more singular and uniquely it’s own brand of experimental pop.

From its start in 2005 as an art student’s bedroom recording project, it has become a road worn live act comprised of multi-instrumentalist/singer and founder Luke Wyland and percussionist Dana Valatka. Long time collaborators outside of this project, they are an accomplished live act that have been touring incessantly for the last year and a half throughout the US and Europe with great bands including Deerhoof, the Dodos, Parenthetical Girls and now WHY?. Recorded in Vermont and New Hampshire through the winter of 2008-9, it stands as a document of their distinctive ability to reinterpret songs from their recorded form and the heightened energy of their live show.

With Dana’s virtuosic drumming spawned from a youth playing in heavy metal bands, Luke’s ability to multitask on numerous instruments at once, and their “special one-on-one musical, almost telepathic connection,” it is a snap shot into their sprawling sets that find them deftly navigating between bombastic walls of sound (“Ida Walked Away“), lilting lyrical numbers (“All Myself”) and carnivalesque organ celebrations (“Are Animals”). Versions includes one new song, “Ida Walked Away,” and reworkings of songs from previous albums.* It will be released as a limited edition of 500 on 10″ vinyl with digital download including extra tracks.


08/29 Nampa, ID Flying M Coffee Garage
08/31 Denver, CO House Show
09/01 Kansas City, MO Pistol Social Club
09/02 Bloomington, IN The Bishop
09/08 Klubbscenen / Chateau Neuf – Oslo, Norway
09/09 Phonofestivalen / Hinsides – Bergen, Norway
09/10 Numusic Festival – Stavanger, Norway
09/11 Belgian Cafe – Ramsgate, UK
09/12 The Freebutt – Brighton, UK
09/13 End of the Road Festival – Wiltshire, UK
09/14 Brudenell – Leeds, UK
09/15 Islington Mill – Manchester, UK
09/16 Cafe Oto – London, UK
09/17 Le Clou – Nancy, France
09/18 Theater Kikker – Utrecht, Netherlands
09/19 Incubate Festival – Tilburg, Netherlands
09/20 Mon Inouie Symphonie Festival – Dunkerque, France
09/29 Brooklyn, NY Union Hall
10/01 Cambridge, MA Middle East %
10/02 Philadelphia, PA First Unitarian Church %
10/03 Pittsburgh, PA Assembly Room, William Pitt Union ( FREE SHOW %
10/04 Ann Arbor, MI The Blind Pig %
10/05 Chicago, IL Bottom Lounge %
10/06 Madison, WI UW Madison Terrace %
10/07 Minneapolis, MN Triple Rock %
10/09 Denver, CO Bluebird %
10/10 Salt Lake City, UT In The Venue %
10/13 Portland, OR Mississippi Studios
10/15 Seattle, WA Jewelbox Theater
10/17 San Francisco, CA Great American Music Hall %#
10/20 Los Angeles, CA Echoplex %
10/23 Phoenix, AZ Modified Arts %
10/24 Tucson, AZ Club Congress %
10/26 Denton, TX Hailey’s %
10/28 Birmingham, AL Bottletree %
10/29 Asheville, NC Grey Eagle %
10/30 Carrboro, NC Cat’s Cradle %
10/31 Atlanta, GA Lenny’s %$*
11/02 Orlando, FL The Social %
11/03 Gainesville, FL Common Grounds %
11/04 Tallahassee, FL Club Downunder %
11/06 Baton Rouge, LA Spanish Moon %
11/07 Houston, TX Walter’s On Washington %
11/08 Austin, TX Fun Fun Fun Fest After Party – venue TBA
11/10 Lawrence, KS Jackpot Music Hall %
11/11 St. Louis, MO Firebird %

% = w/ WHY?
# = w/ Mount Eerie
$ = w/ Islands
* = w/ Jemina Pearl

Versions EP
Oct. 8, 2009
1. Ida Walked Away
2. RR vs. D
3. Are Animals
4. All Myself
5. Death
6. Boute (digital only)

*”RR vs. D”, “Are Animals” and “All Myself” from Verbs, Aagoo Records 6/08
*”Death” and “Boute” originally from AU, Aagoo Records 5/07


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