Andrew W.K. premiered more new music from his forthcoming album this week.
The veteran rocker debuted his new single, ‘Stay True To Yourself’ Wednesday. The song is just the latest single to come from his new album, God is Partying, which is scheduled for release Friday through Napalm Records.
The song’s musical arrangement is grounded in its keyboard and electronic lines. Andrew W.K.’s (a.k.a. Andrew Wilkes-Krier) subdued vocals alongside that presentation in the verses against the more energetic choruses creates a welcome juxtaposition. That duality, which honestly has a little bit of a pop sensibility (that itself is actually welcome, too) in a weird way, works with the song’s lyrical theme to give the song even more depth and heart.
The lyrical theme featured in ‘Stay True To Your Heart’ works well in tandem with the song’s title. It delivers a welcome message of positivity and hope, something for which Wilkes-Krier’s songs have come to be known throughout his career. The message comes right from the song’s outset as Wilkes-Krier sings in the song’s lead verse and chorus, “You gotta close your eyes/And open up your soul/Let the power rise/Give it total control/Until your head’s on fire/’Till your body aches/Like a fever burning with desire/Will you do whatever it takes/Stay true/To your heart/Stay true/To your heart.” The positive message continues in the song’s second verse, which finds Wilkes-Krier singing, “They’ll try to break you down/They’ll make you mess with your mind/They’ll leave your heart spellbound/You’ll leave yourself behind/Follow the fallen star/Far beyond Saturn’s rings/There’s an angel coming from afar/And only heaven knows what he brings.” The unique, artistic way in which the song delivers that positive message of keeping on despite those people and obstacles that will hold you back works well with the equally deep musical content featured in this song to make the whole of the song so appealing.
Andrew W.K. spoke at length in a prepared statement about the song’s lyrical theme in his own words.
“What is the most brutal form of positivity? I want to get in there. Being and staying,” he said. “Being true to yourself isn’t the same as staying true to your heart. They told me all about this when I started forming. Approving the disapproval of others. Happiness. Seriousness. Zones of care – yourself, your family of supervisors, your city of strangers, your bathroom, your basement, your street. What does it mean for me to be not-human? What does it mean for a not-human to posses my party mindset? It’s not appropriate for me to analyze this song in that way. The song is meant to analyze me. And the listener is meant to party.”
In other news, Andrew W.K. recently announced the postponement of his 2021 headlining tour until 2022 due to the impacts of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. However, he will still perform at a handful of fall festivals as well as on the Coheed and Cambria S.S. Neverender Cruise.
All of Andre W.K.’s upcoming fall 2021 and 2022 dates are noted below.
ANDREW W.K. 2021 US Tour Dates:
** = festival date
9/18 – Chicago, IL @ Riot Fest **
9/26 – Birmingham, AL – Furnace Fest **
10/25-10/29 – Coheed and Cambria S.S. Neverender Cruise
ANDREW W.K. 2022 US Tour Dates:
9/8 – Los Angeles, CA – Teragram Ballroom
9/9 – Los Angeles, CA – Teragram Ballroom – SOLD OUT
9/10 – San Francisco, CA – Bimbo’s 365
9/12 – Seattle, WA – Neumos
9/13 – Portland, OR – Revolution Hall
9/16 – Minneapolis, MN @ Amsterdam Bar and Hall
9/18 – Pittsburgh, PA – Spirit Hall – SOLD OUT
9/20 – Washington, DC – 9:30 Club
9/21 – Boston, MA – Paradise Rock Club
9/22 – New York, NY – Bowery Ballroom – SOLD OUT
9/23 – Philadelphia, PA – Theatre Of Living Arts
God Is Partying is scheduled for release Friday through Napalm Records. More information on the album is available along with all of Andrew W.K.’s latest news at:
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