Release Date: Mar 2, 2018
Record label: BEE & El
Casual listeners may be forgiven for forgetting about Andrew W.K. After his third album (2006's Close Calls With Brick Walls) was released in Japan and South Korea only (with only a rare vinyl pressing initially available Stateside), Andrew W.K. retreated from his hitherto mainstream arc, releasing instead a string of oddities including but not limited to: a cover album of music from the Japanese Gundam series; an album of "spontaneous solo piano improvisations" (2009's eye-opening 55 Cadillac); and the usual collection of B-sides and outtakes packaged with Close Calls when it finally hit U.S, shores proper in 2010.
So what has changed in 17 years? The dirty white t-shirt and jeans are the same; so is the bombast; the guitars still sound hard and glossy; the drums are still hammered and the choruses are still bellowed. But I Get Wet made partying and destruction somehow function as self-help and You're Not Alone just offers actual self-help. On mid-tempo single "Ever Again," Andrew W.K.