Andrew W.K. presents the title, cover art and track list of his upcoming LP, You’re Not Alone. The album is scheduled for release on March 2, 2018 via Music For Nations, with cover art by the legendary Boris Vallejo and Julie Bell. These two masters of fantasy art worked closely with Andrew over a six month period, crafting the painting based on his unique vision. Visit Juxtapoz to watch Boris, Julie, and Andrew discuss their love of painting and their passion for this project.
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.
On You’re Not Alone, Andrew W.K.’s first studio album of entirely new rock songs in nearly twelve years, the party is reborn, delivering everything one would want and expect of an Andrew W.K. record — high octane, full throttle rock ‘n’ roll powered by buoyant, infectious, and triumphant melodies. His music, always a music of extremes, relentlessly upbeat and celebratory, now also explores nuance and contradiction.
These songs are a path to self-actualization. They are permission to admit vulnerabilities, and encouragement to feel empowered. They are reflections on freedom, hedonism and responsibility. It is 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. The album reveals itself through double meanings, mirrored outlooks ringing equally true, even at their most severely discordant.
Andrew W.K. has lived a life explaining 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 of life, its speed and torpor. Understanding this, Andrew W.K. suggests, is at the foundation of what partying eventually reveals to us. And by harnessing the power of partying – and 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.
Andrew W.K. will be touring the UK in April
13-Apr-18 Cardiff Great Hall
14-Apr-18 London O2 Kentish Town Forum
15-Apr-18 Birmingham O2 Academy
18-Apr-18 Norwich Waterfront
19-Apr-18 Portsmouth Wedgewood Rooms
20-Apr-18 Manchester O2 Ritz
21-Apr-18 Glasgow Garage
Album artwork by renowned fantasy artists Boris Vallejo & Julie Bell