by Daniel Hill
The prince of party himself, Andrew W.K., will be making a stop at the Firebird on May 22 as part of his "Human Party Machine Solo Tour." Tickets go on sale this Friday, March 3, at noon.
It has been years since W.K. came to St. Louis on a non-Warped Tour stage. His appearances at Pop's in the early aughts were rather rambunctious affairs -- at that time his debut album I Get Wet had just been released and droves of faithful partiers worshipped the man's every move. Now I Get Wet is ten years old and W.K. is the subject of increasingly weird conspiracy theories, but we're betting that his live shows are still just as wild and fun as ever. Here's an excerpt from an article we published during his prime:
The first exposure many people had to Andrew W.K. was the single or video for the aforementioned "Party Hard," an adrenaline blast of a song so beyond the pale that the most common reaction upon initial listening is confusion. With its simple guitar/keyboard melodic progression, unrelenting high-energy backbeat and soccer-chant vocals, "Party Hard" tends to strike the listener as either moronic or brilliant before revealing itself as brilliantly moronic. As is true of the rest of Andrew W.K.'s repertoire, the song sounds as if someone threw metal in a blender with disco beats and symphonic keyboards and set them on purée, creating a sonic daiquiri as smooth as it is invigorating.