Let’s start now. Or as close to now as can be defined in this conversation, between the time and place I am in as I write these words and the time and place you are in when you read them. On my end, now is roughly two weeks after the release of Andrew W.K.’s video … More »
In March, Andrew W.K. released his new album, You’re Not Alone, and today, he releases a video for the album’s title track. That is why why we are here, and as such, that is where we’ll start. Before I say anything, though, I’ll let W.K. share his statement about the work in question: … More »
After a long break between albums, Andrew W.K. made a triumphant, roaring return earlier this year with You’re Not Alone. And after making a fun-as-hell video for “Ever Again,” he’s made another one for “Music Is Worth Living For,” the album’s wall-of-bellowing first single. In the clip, it looks like A.W.K. and … More »
“They say that nobody changes,” Andrew W.K. bellows on “Ever Again,” one of the early singles from his new album You’re Not Alone. “But I’m living proof that they do.” That’s an admirable sentiment. It’s also pretty funny, coming from a guy who sounds exactly the way he did 17 years ago. Indeed, the … More »
Stereogum sweetheart, virtuoso, and positivity purveyor Andrew W.K. has been named Person of the Year by the American Association of Suicidology for his relentlessly uplifting music that delights in the chaos of being. AWK, whose upcoming album You’re Not Alone was preceded by the single “Music Is Worth Living For” (maybe you caught his … More »
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Andrew W.K. is releasing his first new album in nine years, You’re Not Alone, in a couple of months. We’ve already heard lead single “Music Is Worth Living For” — which W.K. played live for us in his recent Stereogum Session — and today he’s shared another amped-up rocker from the album called … More »
Andrew W.K. announced a new album today, You’re Not Alone (it comes out 3/2), and then he stopped by our New York offices to perform a solo piano Stereogum Session. He kicked things off with a rendition of lead single “Music Is Worth Living For,” and he said it was the first time he’s … More »
It’s been nine long years since Andrew W.K. released Close Calls With Brick Walls, his last album of PMA-themed stadium-metal. But in a couple of months, AWK will return with his new album You’re Not Alone, and today, he’s shared its first single. “Music Is Worth Living For” is full of revved-up guitars and tingly … More »
YESSS…finally. A new Andrew W.K. record. I suppose the powers that be decided earth’s rollicking population of party rockers had gone on long enough without fresh tunes from the fun-loving, white-tee donning metalhead, so they decided to give them all an early Christmas present with news of the ex-weatherman’s seventh studio album — his first in nearly a decade.
The longplayer, titled You’re Not Alone, is set to drop May 2 of next year on Red Music/Sony Music, and fans can expect it to be chock-full of the signature, high-octane party anthems that’ve made Andrew the hair-farming rock god that he is today.
According to an official statement, in fact, the new tracks will be “reflections on the push and pull between freedom and restriction…a confirmation of everything you are, rejection of all you are not, and, at times, a blurring of the difference between the two. Doubt becomes certainty, confusion becomes clarity, and the fear of life becomes the courage to live it completely.”
Fuck yeah, Andrew. I don’t know what any of that means – at all – but I’m right there with you.
In addition to the announcement of the new record (and equally important to it), W.K. has also revealed the album’s cover art; and it is truly, truly glorious. The image — which was painted by legendary fantasy artists Boris Vallejo and Julie Bell — features Andrew standing alone under a starry night sky, a corded mic stuffed securely into the front of his trademark white pants as he stares into the eyes of some fantastical, reptilian-like dragon creature. An absolute masterclass, without a doubt. View it down below.
You can also check out an introspective video below of Vallejo, Bell, and Andrew discussing the origins and artistic process that went into designing the cover image (which spanned a period of 6+ months) and pre-order various formats of You’re Not Alone (including signed CD/LP bundles) right here from PledgeMusic.
Long live party rock, and in the words of Lord Andrew himself, “if you ever feel down, just remember that I’m out here — partying for you.”
You’re Not Alone tracklisting:
01. The Power of Partying
02. Music Is Worth Living For
03. Ever Again
04. I Don’t Know Anything
05. The Feeling of Being Alive
06. Party Mindset
07. The Party Never Dies
08. Give Up On You
09. Keep On Going
10. In Your Darkest Moments
11. The Devil’s On Your Side
12. Break The Curse
13. Total Freedom
14. Beyond Oblivion
15. Confusion and Clarity
16. You’re Not Alone