Andrew W.K. will release You’re Not Alone, his first new album in more than a decade, this Friday, March 2, but you can hear it now – in its entirety – exclusively at NPR Music‘s First Listen. Jason Heller of NPR says, “The sprawling, 16-song album is a cornucopia of spirit-lifting, even occasionally reflective party jams every inch as valiant as its cover.”
Andrew will be promoting the You’re Not Alone album all week around its release, appearing on BUILD tomorrow (2/27) at 5pm EST, doing a Reddit AMA on Wed, Feb 28 at 2pm EST and in-stores at Rough Trade NYC (3/1 @ 7pm EST), Looney Tunes on Long Island (3/2 @ 6pm EST), Newbury Comics in Cambridge (3/3 @ 1pm EST), Shuga Records in Chicago (3/4 @ 1pm CST), Amoeba in San Francisco (3/5 @ 5pm PST), and Amoeba in Los Angeles (3/6 @ 5pm PST). Andrew will then take his party on the road beginning at the South by Southwest and Treefort festivals in March, and continuing with a UK tour in April, before the first leg of his U.S. tour kicks off on April 28, at the Welcome To Rockville Festival, in Jacksonville, Florida. A full list of tour dates can be found below.
In addition to his new music, in recent years Andrew has kept busy with the formation of his own political party (The Party Party), a 50 State Power of Partying Motivational Speaking Tour, and was just now named ‘Person of the Year‘, by the American Association of Suicidology, in recognition of his nearly two decades of positive and celebratory entertainment.
On You’re Not Alone, the party is reborn, delivering everything one would want from an Andrew W.K. album – high octane, full throttle rock ’n’ roll powered by buoyant, infectious, and triumphant melodies – plus new levels of intimacy and intensity never before reached by Andrew’s previous party rock recordings. His music, always a music of extremes, is more relentlessly upbeat and celebratory than ever, while also exploring contradiction and confusion in a joyous and liberating sonic atmosphere.
The cover art for the new album was painted by legendary artists, Boris Vallejo and Julie Bell. These two masters of fantasy worked closely with Andrew over a six month period, crafting the painting based on their unique three-way vision.
You’re Not Alone is available for pre-order HERE.
Watch artists Boris Vallejo and Julie Bell discuss their painting of the album cover, HERE.
Andrew W.K. Tour Dates:
Mar 01 – Brooklyn, NY – Rough Trade
Mar 02 – West Babylon, NY – Looney Tunes
Mar 03 – Cambridge, MA – Newbury Comics
Mar 04 – Chicago, IL – Shuga Records
Mar 05 – San Francisco, CA – Amoeba
Mar 06 – Los Angeles, CA – Amoeba
Mar 14-17 – Austin, TX – SXSW
Mar 21 – Boise, ID – Treefort Music Fest
Apr 13 – Cardiff, Whales, UK – Great Hall
Apr 14 – London, UK – 02 Forum Kentish Town
Apr 15 – Birmingham, UK – 02 Academy
Apr 18 – Norwich, UK – Waterfront
Apr 19 – Portsmouth, UK – Wedgewood Rooms
Apr 20 – Manchester, UK – 02 Ritz
Apr 21 – Glasgow, UK – Garage
Apr 28 – Jacksonville, FL – Welcome to Rockville Festival
Apr 29 – Tampa, FL – The Orpheum Theatre
May 01 – Pensacola, FL – Vinyl Music Hall
May 03 – Birmingham, AL – Saturn
May 04 – Concord, NC – Carolina Rebellion Festival
May 05 – Atlanta, GA – Shaky Knees Festival
May 08 – Louisville, KY – Diamond Pub
May 09 – Indianapolis, IN – Hi- Fi Lounge
May 10 – Grand Rapids, MI – Pyramid Scheme
May 11 – Maquoketa, IA – Codfish Hollow
May 12 – Chicago, IL – The Vic
May 13 – Somerset, WI – Northern Invasion Festival
May 15 – Rochester, NY – Montage Music Hall
May 16 – Toronto, ON – Opera House
May 17 – Boston, MA – Paradise
May 18 – New York, NY – Irving Plaza
May 19 – Columbus, OH – Rock On The Range Festival
May 20 – Washington, DC – 9:30 Club
May 21 – Philadelphia, PA – Union Transfer
May 22 – Millvale, PA – Mr. Smalls
May 24 – St. Louis, MO – Delmar Hall
May 25 – Pryor, OK – Rocklahoma