by Karen Heeringa
photo by Jonathan Thorpe
Not taken nearly as seriously as he should, Andrew W.K. will soon be someone whose inspirational quotes you’ll see written on Starbucks coffee sleeves or as part of a famous mural about striving for your dreams on some rundown street in Pittsburgh. Relentlessly positive to an almost unsettling degree, the party-loving multi-instrumentalist has carved out his own unique parcel of real estate in the musical landscape by making extremely catchy heavy metal in a genre that’s always encouraged the depressed and downtrodden. Andrew W.K. wants to fix this, with the help of his bottomless pit of energy. He’s the motivational speaker you didn’t know you needed until attending one of his shows, or the writer you didn’t know you loved until reading his Village Voice column. He’s also hosted his own TV and radio show, published a book called The Party Bible and, yes, founded his own political party. It’s called The Party Party, naturally.