Power to the Party People, Andrew W.K. Declares | Las Vegas Review-Journal | By Jason Bracelin
The dude on the other end of the phone is saving me money on coffee.
Caffeine incarnate, Andrew W.K. is to the slightest hint of drowsiness what napalm is to plant life.
So, what’s this blitzkrieg of enthusiasm — responsible for anthemic ragers like “Party Hard,” “Party God,” “Party, Party, Party,” “We Party (You Shout),” “It’s Time To Party,” “Party ’Til You Puke” and “Big Party” — phoning us up to talk about on a recent weekday afternoon?
It’s a timely call.
Quick reminder: This is a presidential election year.
As such, Republicans and Democrats alike have been conking us upside the head with their respective sales pitches with all the grace of a caveman attempting to procure a mate, club in hair-covered hand.
Here’s the thing, though: Ever notice how little actual partying is involved in the platforms of said parties?
Andrew W.K. did.
And so, earlier this year, he formed The Party Party, “to embrace the paradox of a nonpolitical, political party where all the aspects of governmental politics that separate and divide people are set aside to focus on what doesn’t divide us,” he explains. “There are those moments in life where you find yourself able to get along with people that you can’t believe you’re getting along with. Why does that happen? And what allows that to happen? Setting aside those moments, even if they’re presented in a very lighthearted way, to just consider the possibility of that being us at our best, that was the concept.”
As his words underscore, Andrew W.K. is serious about not taking life so seriously. He speaks earnestly — and philosophically — about the power of partying, which he doesn’t define as pounding brews and doing keg stands, necessarily.
For him, partying just means people coming together to boost one another’s spirits.
To this end, Andrew W.K. has hit the campaign trail — he’ll be at The Bunkhouse Saloon on Thursday — hosting what are intended to be communal, feel-good gatherings.
“It really is a pep rally to cheer each other on, all the people in that room together,” he says. “Staying engaged in this part of life might even be the meaning of life.”