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Andrew W.K. Shows London How To "Party Hard"

Metal and rock music has so much to offer when it comes to live shows. We have the elaborate theatrics of bands like Iron Maiden and Amon Amarth, the stunts and fireworks of Metallica, KISS and the like and then we have groups who rely on the music to do the talking, as well they should. What makes the latter option special though, is the delivery and is it turns out, nobody can deliver quite like Andrew W.K.

Opening the show was Yonaka, a Brighton based band which melds rock and pop music but without doing so in the stereotypical indie way. Comparisons can be drawn to the likes of Jefferson Airplane and The Answer, though the group still has a way to go. They're show some real promise, particularly in the guitar area, but at the moment lack much in the way of anything memorable. Yonaka were able to get some sections of the crowd moving and no doubt they'll be some in the audience that really enjoyed their set. Having only been around since 2015, they still have plenty of time to develop and refine their sound, which will help them take the next step in the future.

Back in the United Kingdom with a full band for the first time since 2013 and to the city where they played their first concert, Andrew W.K. brings the "Party Never Dies" tour back to the island with full force, living up to the name of the trek in some style. Promoting the new album, "You're Not Alone," the first rock album from Andrew W.K. in twelve years, the band brought out several songs from the album, all of which settled in perfectly with staples such as "We Want Fun," "She Is Beautiful" and "Ready To Die."

While there will be some elitists visiting this site that turn their nose up at the idea of an Andrew W.K. show, I honestly can't recommend his show enough. No man has rocked harder on a piano since Little Richard and from the first note to the last, the crowd were in a frenzy, often resembling more of a popcorn machine than the stoic statues London audiences are often (falsely) accused of being. There's no prizes for guessing that "Party Hard" was the closing song of the night but each song hit hard. It was fun to see people wearing Meshuggah and Cannibal Corpse singing along to every word from almost every song and it was a great example of rock music is for everyone and no matter how dark you think your soul might be, everybody likes to party!

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Ollie Hynes has been a writer for Metal Underground.com since 2007 and a metal fan since 2001, going as far as to travel to other countries and continents for metal gigs.

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