I have a confession to make: I’ve been unapologetically listening to Andrew W.K since I was in high school and yet somehow never managed to see him play live. The closest I got was when he came around Philly to play I Get Wet in it’s entirety a few years back, but I opted to catch None More Black at the First Unitarian Church instead. When I saw that the party god was going on tour with his full band once again, I made sure to snag tickets to his show in Philly at The TLA.
I love hardcore/grind/noise locals An Albatross and the weird shit that they do (who else would play a breakfast show), but never in a million years would I think I’d see them opening a show like this. Andrew W.K brings a diverse crowd, from punks and metalheads to bros wearing hockey jerseys and everything in between so I wasn’t exactly sure how people would react to the spastic blitz from An Albatross. Yet when you think about it, with both of their energy, stage presence, and positive vibes it actually makes a lot of damn sense.
As soon as they started it was clear that there were plenty of people there to support An Albatross with a bunch of us screaming along as the PA circus shred through their psychedelic grind, and even if people who usually wouldn’t listen to this style weren’t captivated by the music, they were certainly captivated by their stage presence. A perfect example of this is was when vocalist Eddie ran throughout the crowd and upstairs to the balcony while security attempted to chase him down. I don’t care if you like the music or not, that’s some goddamn showmanship right there.
An Albatross played plenty from most of their albums including some of my personal favorites like “I Am The Lazer Viking”, “Let’s Get On With It”, “Floodgates Released”, “…And Now Emerges The Silver Pilgrim”, and even closed with a cover of Dead Kennedy’s “California Uber Alles”. Always a solid show, definitely go see them if they come around your side of town.
If there is one thing the world needs right now, it’s some positivity. In a nation where our social and political climate seems bleak and more divisive than ever, Andrew W.K has been reminding people about the power of positive thinking for years now. Taking the message of bands like Bad Brains and spreading it to a wider audience, Andrew W.K is the king of partying.
Taking the stage and opening with “Music Is Worth Living For”, the place instantly exploded into a frenzy and didn’t let up for the entirety of the night. Andrew himself was all smiles as he jumped around the stage, and even though I was expecting an energetic, party-tastic show, I was still blown away.
The band and music sounded really tight, and some highlights were when Andrew W.K came out with a taco/eyeball guitar doing a solo before “She Is Beautiful”, or when Philly’s disdain of NYC (to which he was instantly booed when he said the next song was about New York) made him change the lyrics of “I Love New York City” to “I Love Benjamin Franklin”, and when you have a crowd of people chanting the E-A-G-L-E-S chant while moshing to a chorus about your love for Benjamin Franklin, you may have hit peak Philadelphia.
A fun night, Andrew W.K takes the power of positivity and music and let’s you forget about whatever shitty thing happened on any given day, even if it’s for just a brief moment. Definitely one of the most fun shows I’ve been to in a long time.
Music Is Worth Living For
Take It Off
Ready To Die
She Is Beautiful
Tear It Up
You Will Remember Tonight
The Moving Room
Party Till You Puke
Never Let Down
We Want Fun
I Love NYC (I Love Benjamin Franklin)
I Get Wet
It’s Time To Party
Girls Own Love
Don’t Stop Living In The Red