NEW RECORDING: Andrew W.K. Covers High School Band Contest’s Winning Song!

Andrew teamed up with Studio 360’s Battle of the High School Bands contest as a judge over the summer. After combing through over 350 submissions spanning six decades of adolescence, from psychedelic pop to soulful hip-hop, Andrew and Thao Nguyen had the tough task of picking a winner and then collaborating on a cover version of that song. Their winning pick was “The River,” by three young Nashville women who go by Bea, Rita & Maeve.

“There was a very timeless quality this song had, without being nostalgic,” Andrew tells Kurt Andersen. Thao praises the “subtlety and refinement in the musicianship.” In fact, the pros admit to being daunted by the rookies. “It ruined my entire perception of myself in high school,” Andrew confesses. Where the original hews to a folk style, Andrew and Thao’s cover uses rock drums and layers of instruments for a heavier, arena-ready version.

Andrew W.K. and Thao Nguyen cover “The River”