Andrew W.K. and his “Party Hard” motto has been alive since his breakthrough single, appropriately titled “Party Hard” off of I Get Wet, released now for almost 17 years. More than a motto, partying has turned into a positive movement after Andrew W.K. decided to venture into motivational speaking. His motivational speeches and presence on social media, such as Instagram, have created a new audience for his music. The support and appreciation of his fans was clear as the show progressively sold out the night of May 18th at Irving Plaza.
Andrew W.K. brought on local rockers, Newborn from Coney Island to open up the show. A groovy mixture of 70s hard rock and their lead singer’s bluesy voice made for a catchy and distinctive musical experience. While the singer seemed in his ambient, the band’s presence as a whole lacked energy and at times felt more like a one-man show. However, their music writing and talent is undeniable and the band has much potential to grow. To follow Newborn, check out their Facebook page.
Andrew W.K. hit the stage at 9pm and Irving Plaza was fully at capacity at this point. From start to finish, his fans knew just about every word to every song. Those with more energy and who perhaps belong to metal communities, crowded toward the front of the venue and anticipated crowdsurfing to the stage. His full band were a crowd booster and helped the audience remain in a high-energy state throughout the night.
Many songs off of his latest release You’re Not Alone (2018) were played and as someone who hasn’t listened to the album, the songs and live experience served as a self-confidence booster. The positive attitude, or, party lifestyle, now made sense. The diverse crowd spoke to the effectiveness of both Andrew W.K.’s music and message. To get a taste of the party lifestyle in You’re Not Alone, check out his main website here.