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ANDREW W.K. - When everything and nothing (or no one) sucks, you can always rely on music. Music or the hyperbolic claims of s new young hopeful. Priya Elangasinghe presents a tale of galactic rock proportions.

20/09/01

ANDREW WK

In an age where everyone knows music and big business go hand in hand. You need a little drama to create a big splash in the industry. It seems the hyperbole surrounding New Great White hope, Andrew WK, concerns his penchant for mutilation. Ironically, this newsworthy titbit would, one assumes, not sit happily with Mr.WK. Here is an artist who earnestly believes in the power of music. Not just his, but all music. He says:

"Music is what makes your fucking world go 'round! Music is what cheers you up when your girlfriend sucks! Music is what keeps you going when EVERYTHING sucks!!! You know?"

As if to prove to a cynical music press that he really means it, he mutilated himself in a recent NME interview when questioned about his integrity. If WK evoked the spirit Richey Manic in this single act, and Cobain's through his,some would say, na´ve, belief in the transcendence of the song, on stage he captures the rock and roll spirit that is unique with an authenticity impossible to duplicate. By all accounts it is on stage that he really delivers Even his earliest one man shows, consisting of WK, a microphone and a CD backing track of self played instruments, it would be WK's rock and roll spirit rubbed off on the audience and they would go wild.

WK is an indie artist who plans to become a bigger star, in fact the biggest star. Perhaps as big as him self belief will, no doubt, carry him up into the stratosphere. Well, it worked for Oasis. And like Oasis and, fellow New York inhabitants, The Strokes, WK evokes the same leather jacketed, white boy myth making rebellious spirit that rock and roll dreams are made of. No macrobiotic diets for him, WK is a disciple to the holy trinity of music, partying and girls. To this music fan, the jury is still out as to whether WK is just another American prince of macho posturing (hello Durst, Kid Rock et al) or a true music force. To date, WK has only had one release, the ethos defining "Party Till Your Puke". A musical collision of embryonic, early nineties dance/rock fusion(not dissimilar to, gulp, Transvision Vamp) via Nu-metal. Nevertheless it is, true to the spirit of WK, a piece of "live for the moment "Hedonistic R and R. While I defy anyone not to dance to the tune, the juries still out as to whether Andrew WK will prove a new page for Rock and Roll or just a retread of former glories..

Read Crud's review of I GET WET HERE

Report by Priya Elangasinghe

 
 
 

 

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