It all began with a feeling.
Of being alone and wanting to belong.
Of wanting to share that feeling of belonging.
And experience the euphoria of bonding with others.
The feeling became a dream.
To make the most exciting music imaginable.
Music that embraced and celebrated life in all its facets, electrifying and uniting everyone who heard it.
The dream attained reality in major chords pounded out on piano, an unrelenting four-to-the-floor beat, a set of dirty whites, a bloody nose.
And found its voice with these words:
“When it’s time to party, we will party hard.”
It’s safe to say, nobody has partied harder, longer or more fervently than the undisputed King of Partying himself, Andrew W.K.. A one-man music machine possessed of a single-minded, monomaniacal focus to spread a singular message:
That to party is to exist.
And to exist is to party.
This mission he embarked upon in 2001, with the release of his debut single and signature tune “Party Hard”, and has never swerved from since. Released the same year, his debut album I Get Wet, an instant, ageless classic, was a full-throated declaration of that hedonistic intent. Twelve songs, no ballads, delivered at breakneck speed and with maximum intensity from beginning to end. All the bluntness, passion and classicism of rock ’n’ roll, boiled down and purified to its base elements.
Power. Movement. Melody. Emotion. Noise.
A sound simultaneously life-affirming, enervating and overwhelming.
A sound that obliterates ego and bludgeons self.
As an artist, he seemed to have emerged out of nowhere, fully-formed right out of the box, with an image, a style, and a sense of purpose that set him far apart from his peers. If that seemed to good to be true, then maybe it was. Andrew W.K., the critics opined, was either the savior of music or its biggest fraud. Either deadly serious or an elaborate prank. None of which bothered the fans who took up the mantle of the Andrew W.K. ethos, to live every moment as if it was simultaneously their first and their last. Live shows, backed by a six-piece band of hard-driving musicians, became a collective celebration of unbridled joy that often turned entire dance floors into a giant, whirling circle pit of jostling bodies, with sweat and hair flying, and ended in a mass stage invasion that tore down the boundary between artist and audience.
Two years later came The Wolf, an album that doubled as a manual for self-realization, blending the personal with the philosophical, drawing on the past to forge a path towards the future, then folding back on itself like a Möbius strip, invoking an existence with no beginning, no end, seamless. From this point on, his fans became his friends and allies in a cause undertaken purely for its own sake; an idea explored further in a 2004 MTV series, Your Friend, Andrew W.K., where he offered himself up as cheerleader and life coach, helping others to realize themselves and their dreams.
A third album in 2006, Close Calls With Brick Walls, as ambitious in scope and sound as it was oblique in theme and tone, suggested an artist who seemed to have freed himself from all the restrictions placed upon him, by himself and by others, who had peered into a looking glass and seen… his mirror image, staring back. Everything that he was and everything that he wasn’t, merged into one. A series of reflections arching backwards into infinity. Multiple images of a face with the same forced smile. As if Andrew W.K., the performer, had been replaced by a different person entirely.
The rumors that had persisted since the very beginning of his career, began to multiply and take hold, begging the question: not who is Andrew W.K., but what is Andrew W.K.? A person, a persona, a wig. An entity, a corporation or a symbol. An enigma behind a set of initials.
That question would remain unanswered as, over the next decade, Andrew W.K. adopted a dizzying array of roles that took him into virgin territory for a rock ’n’ roll musician, establishing a unique place for himself in popular culture, as a ubiquitous celebrity presence, while at the same time calling into question the very nature of that celebrity. Advice columnist, university lecturer, and children’s game show host. Nightclub impresario, talk radio personality and talk show guest. Motivational speaker and cultural ambassador. Performance artist and magician’s assistant. Party philosopher and weatherman. He was all these things and more.
Now, as he readies the release of a brand new album of rock music, his first in over a decade, and prepares to embark on his first full-band tour in five years, Andrew W.K. has come full circle to celebrate a party still raging strong.
A party that is now and forevermore.
Because the party never dies.
ANNOUNCES RELEASE DATE FOR NEW ALBUM: MARCH 2, 2018
FULL BAND TOUR STARTS TONIGHTWITH ADDITIONAL SHOWS & UPDATED UK TOUR DATES(Photo Credit: Nina Ottolino)
New York, NY (September 18, 2017) – Party God Andrew W.K. is thrilled to announce his first new full length album in over a decade. The LP showcasesAndrew‘s signature style of blasting triumphant rock music, with an ever more epic expanses of energizing emotional ecstasy. “I’m going for the sound of pure, unadulterated power; every emotion, every thought, every experience, every sensation, every fear, every joy, every clarity, every confusion, every up, every down… all extruded and concentrated into one thick syrup of super life-force feeling, and then psychically amplified by the celebratory spirit of glorious partying,” explans Andrew. The new release is out March 2, 2018 via Sony Music worldwide. Album title and cover art to follow.
This week, Andrew W.K. officially begins his first full-band concert outing in five years with “The Party Never Dies Tour“. Starting tonight in Minneapolis,Andrew brings his party-centric positivity across America, with additional shows added due to high demand in San Francisco and Boston as well as a new Chicago headlining show (following the success of their stage-closing Riot Fest performance just last night). The previously announced UK tour dates are now moving from November to April, 2018. All tickets bought for the November tour will still be honored at the new dates, or can be refunded at the point of purchase. A full list of all dates can be found below.
A one-man music machine possessed by a single-minded, monomaniacal focus on euphoric joy, Andrew lives to spread a singular message: That to party is to exist, and to exist is to party. Andrew continues to passionately deliver his extremely high-energy brand of uplifting entertainment, with a unrelenting commitment to continuing the mission he first embarked upon in 2001, with the release of his debut single and signature tune “Party Hard”, and has never swerved from since. Despite taking on a dizzying array of additional roles that took him into virgin territory for a rock ‘n’ roll musician (ie: advice columnist for the Village Voice and Vice, host of a Cartoon Network kid’s game show, lecturer at Yale, Harvard, Carnegie Mellon and the UK’s Oxford University), Andrew has always remained true to his positive-partying cause. It’s safe to say, Andrew‘s hard partying spirit is showing no signs of softening.
Andrew W.K. Tour Dates
Sep 18 – Minneapolis, MN – First Avenue – On Sale Now
Sep 20 – Kansas City, MO – Record Bar – On Sale Now
Sep 21 – Denver, CO – Summit Music Hall – On Sale Now
Sep 22 – Salt Lake City, UT – Metro Music Hall – On Sale Now
Sep 23 – Big Bear Lake, CA – Hot Dawgs & Hand Rails – On Sale Now (NEW)
Sep 24 – Seattle, WA – Neumos – On Sale Now
Sep 25 – Portland, OR – Wonder Ballroom – On Sale Now
Sep 27 – San Francisco, CA – Independent – On Sale Now
Sep 28 – San Francisco, CA – Independent – On Sale Now (NEW)
Sep 29 – Los Angeles, CA – The Regent – On Sale Now
Sep 30 – Las Vegas, NV – Brooklyn Bowl – On Sale Now (NEW)
Oct 01 – Phoenix, AZ – Crescent Ballroom – On Sale Now
Oct 03 – Austin, TX – Mohawk – On Sale Now
Oct 04 – Dallas, TX – House of Blues – On Sale Now
Oct 05 – Houston, TX – House of Blues – On Sale Now
Oct 07 – St. Louis, MO – Ready Room – On Sale Now
Oct 08 – Cincinnati, OH – Bogart’s – On Sale Now
Oct 09 – Pittsburgh, PA – Mr Smalls – On Sale Now
Oct 11 – Philadelphia, PA – Theater of Living Arts – On Sale Now
Oct 12 – Washington, DC – Rock & Roll Hotel – On Sale Now
Oct 13 – Brooklyn, NY – Warsaw – On Sale Now
Oct 14 – Boston, MA – Brighton Music Hall – On Sale Now
Oct 15 – Boston, MA – Brighton Music Hall – On Sale Now (NEW)
Oct 17 – Toronto, ON – Opera House – On Sale Now
Oct 18 – Detroit, MI – St. Andrew‘s Hall – On Sale Now
Oct 19 – Columbus, OH – A&R Bar – On Sale Now
Oct 20 – Milwaukee, WI – The Rave – On Sale Now
Oct 21 – Chicago, IL – The Vic – Pre-Sale Wed @ 10am (NEW)
Oct 23 – Atlanta, GA – Terminal West – (RESCHEDULED from 9/14, all tix honored)
Nov 18 – Mexico City, MEX – Corona Capital – On Sale Now
UK (MOVED FROM NOVEMBER – All Tix Honored or Available for Refund)
Apr 13 – Cardiff, Wales – Great Hall
Apr 14 – London, UK – Kentish Town Forum
Apr 15 – Birmingham, UK – Academy 2
Apr 18 – Norwich, UK – Waterfront
Apr 19 – Portsmouth, UK – Wedgewood Rooms
Apr 20 – Manchester, UK – 02 Ritz
Apr 21 – Glasgow, SCO – Garage
Andrew W.K. has lived a life built on a belief that to reach a state of grace and acceptance, one must embrace both the shadow and the light, the pain and the joy, all that is known and unknown, the stability as well as the chaos, its speed and torpor. Understanding this, Andrew W.K. suggests, is the foundation of what partying eventually transmits to us. And by harnessing the revelatory power of partying – by celebrating the puzzles and pressures of life – we find the key to change and evolution comes from both inside and out, when we’re together and on our own.
That inner voice, the music of our consciousness, becomes our guide. Trust it. Follow it. Through good times and bad, ups and downs, highs and lows. Realize that just being able to hear it conveys something fundamental to your being… you’re not alone.