There were only about 200 people in the TLA on Saturday night (3/23) in Philadelphia, but Andrew W.K. did his best to "rock them all." An appreciative and inspired crowd stage-dove, danced and moshed their way through a 70-minute set of sing-along rock and roll anthems. Most of Andrew W.K.ís songs are about having fun and partying, which leaves little room for any politics or causes (thank god) and to be truthful, there wasnít any room for anything but drinking and rock and roll.
Saturday night was about having a good time and living life to the fullest. Excess ruled - whether it was his MASSIVE speaker stacks, his thug-like band mates or his desire to invite as many people on to the stage with him as possible. He was more inviting than any other performer I have seen over the last two years. He fed off the energy of the crowd and let his fans sing along, pick him up and express just how much they love him. It was full steam ahead, making the opening bands My Vitriol and local faves Silvertide look like amateurs. Andrew W.K. and his band exploded through all of the tracks on his new album, I Get Wet and the current single and soon to be summer anthem, "Party Hard," received the most raucous response.
Where The Strokes, The Hives, The Vines and all of the other "the" bands draw their inspiration from the garage, Andrew W.K. gets his from the arena. You can tell that he was inspired by acts like Iron Maiden and Minor Threat equally. Combining the best from metal, punk and britpop - killer solos, killer melodies and easy-to-remember lyrics dominate - Andrew W.K. is on to something - care free rock and roll at its best.
Source: Patrick Schmidt (Y100 / Philadelphia)