With Andrew W.K. The Party Will Never Die And We’ll Never Be Alone THOUGHTS+PHOTOS: ANDREW W.K. @ CONTAINER BAR | SXSW 3/16/18
AUSTIN, TX- For most of our SXSW artist coverage, we’ll keep it relatively short and sweet. We have over 80 artists to cover, so cut us some slack! 😉 We’ll basically be formatting each post into two parts: (1) Why our contributor wanted to see this act and (2) what our contributor thought of the performance. Easy peasy. If you want to learn more about the act, make sure you click through to their social media links to get in the know. You won’t be disappointed!
Why I Wanted To See Andrew W.K.: It took almost a decade for him to release a new full length studio album of original music, but on March 2, 2018, Andrew W.K. dropped “You’re Not Alone.” If you thought I’d miss the chance to see a legend of party rock touring in support of his new material, you are sadly mistaken.
What I Thought Of Andrew W.K.’s Performance: I thought I had gotten to the venue early enough to snag a spot close to the stage, but I suppose I underestimated the dedication of Andrew W.K. fans. Lined and packed like sardines, and ready to head-bang their way through an hour long set of new and classic Andrew W.K. cuts, the attendee’s anticipation was high, and gave the venue a heightened sense of excitability. When Andrew took the stage in his trademark white t and jeans, the crowd erupted in a joyous roar, which was followed by an equally joyous performance.
Like his other shows of late, Andrew opened his set with the high powered (but then, all of his songs are high powered, right?) single, “Music Is Worth Living For”. The energy continued throughout the duration of the set which featured music off the new album like “Ever Again”, and his classics like “Ready To Die” and “She Is Beautiful”. Not only was Andrew feeding off the energy from the crowd, but he and his bandmates (his drummer seemed to be playing through a bloody nose!) were fully invested in giving it their all for the early evening gig.
Counting down the final song of the performance, “Party Hard”, from 100 was the longest fuse, but the explosion of happy moshing and wildness that came from it was pretty awesome to behold (see the found video below). By the end of the performance, with Andrew’s white garb gloriously dirtied and drenched in sweat, he addressed the crowd before leaving the stage with a first pump and a simple mantra, “Stay strong, and never stop partying.”
Preach, Andrew. Preach. Party hard.
— Derrick K. Lee (@methodman13) April 2, 2018