Andy Frasco & The U.N.

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Andy Frasco & The U.N.

Fri · March 15, 2019

Doors: 8:00 pm / Show: 8:45 pm

$13.00 - $15.00

This event is 21 and over

This show is G.A.

Seating is limited and first come first serve

Tables are meant to be shared

Andy Frasco & The U.N.
Andy Frasco & The U.N.
In 2017, Andy Frasco reached a fork in the road. Renowned for a jubilant jambalaya of rule-breaking
rock n roll his career kept rolling ahead at full steam. To date, he had released three independent
albums, chronicled a German gig in front of 15,000 screaming fans on the recent live opus Songs from
the Road, made jaws drop at festivals such as Grandoozy, Firefly, Mountain Jam, Summer Camp, Rock
Am Ring, Rock Im Park and Electric Forest, generated millions of streams, launched Andy Frasco’s
World Saving Podcast, and performed at festivals alongside icons such as Peter Frampton, Gary Clark
Jr., The Revivalists, Snoop Dog, Dr. Dog, Joe Walsh and Kendrick Lamar, to name a few.
After a string of wild shows (and wilder nights) on tour somewhere in the heart of America, one
morning sounded a very loud wakeup call for the singer, songwriter, performer, and namesake of Andy
Frasco & The U.N.
“I woke up after a five-day bender on cocaine,” he recalls. “This relationship I was in didn’t work out. I
bought a house in the Midwest to be close to a girl, but she didn’t trust me. I wouldn’t trust me either,
because I was fucking chicks and doing drugs every night on the road. I would take ecstasy just to get
out of bed. I was sleep deprived, losing all of my friendships, and fucking overworked. I decided to make
a change in my life. I realized that I’m getting older; I couldn’t only be the party guy. I wanted to
chronicle my life. I wanted to capture my feelings. I wanted substance in my life and music. I decided to
take a step back from this wild life for a second and reevaluate, so I could genuinely enjoy the ride I’m
on for the long haul.”
The ride ramps up on his third full-length album, the aptly titled Change of Pace. Andy approached
recording from a new vantage point encouraged by iconic Widespread Panic bassist and producer Dave
Schools.
At sessions in a remote Sonoma County mountain studio in a converted chicken coop of all places,
Schools challenged him as a songwriter and lyricist.
“Dave sat me down and asked, ‘Who do you want to be? What do you want to be remembered
by?’,” recalls Andy. “I never really thought of it that way. He dialed things back for me. He’s become a
huge inspiration to me as a musician and a friend. The album began there.”
Cutting six songs with Dave, he embarked on something of a “studio tour” to finish Change of Pace.
He tapped the talents of Ben Ellman in New Orleans, Charles Goodan in Los Angeles, and Caleb Hawley
in New York at Lady Gaga’s Atomic Studios.
As a result, the songs reflect the respective regions.
“There’s a grungy Bourbon street feel, hard-working and moody New York energy, and that indie
California vibe,” he goes on. “I’m a traveler at the end of the day. I became a musician to travel and give
people therapy through music. As part of this revelation, I realized I don’t need to stay at home when
I’m off tour. I decided since I’m most comfortable on the road, so I might as well make this record on the
road.”
The first single “Up/Down” slips from a simmering beat and bass line into a horn-driven swoon.
Produced by Goodan, its undeniable refrain proves immediately irresistible as he sings, “Your love is up
and down.”

“I was just getting through my relationship with that girl from Arkansas,” Andy goes on. “One day, she
was happy. The next day, she wasn’t. I speak on the bipolar nature of a relationship. This was the first
time I felt that. Normally, I’d be in the next town before things got any further. The song came from an
outside point-of-a-view by a guy who never had a real relationship before this in his life!”
Meanwhile, the boisterous “Waiting Game” features Schools’ touch and thrives on delightful
proclamations such as “I wanna be the man you can tell your momma about!” The theatrical piano
chords, cinematic accordion, and barroom chant delivery on “Don’t let the Haters get you down” takes
dead aim at “online trolls talking shit from their parents basements.”
The title track “Change of Pace” gallops ahead on tambourine and organ as Andy’s voice stretches to the
heavens and back on the admission, “I’m looking for change of pace. Then, I’ll be on my way.”
“Everyone has an idea of how you should live your life,” he states. “If you’re dealing with something that
you’re not into, try something the complete opposite. Instead of always pondering what you could do
tomorrow, do it today.”
In the end, this change elevates Andy to a new level.
“I’d love for people to connect to the songs in addition to the live show,” he leaves off. “I’m a
philosopher and a musician at the end of the day. I want to emulate those aspects in my work. I’m also
just a guy trying to find happiness like everyone else is. It’s about being okay with the lows, not getting
too high with the highs, and being comfortable in your own skin.”
Venue Information:
Pearl Street Warehouse
33 Pearl St SW
Washington, DC, 20024
http://www.pearlstreetwarehouse.com/