My superhero, Kobe Bryant, used to say don’t be bitter, be better. So, I’ve always tried to be better every year. I’m not trying to stay still, I want to get better at everything in life. I’m not just plateauing. I’m going to keep fighting to be the best songwriter I can be. Because if you’re not evolving, you’re dying.
Andy Frasco & The U.N. have long been the high-flying DIY renegades of the touring scene known and loved for their kaleidoscopic musical fusion and one-of-a-kind onstage audacity. Now celebrating their longevity, the band is shaking things up with L’Optimist (Fun Machine Records/Soundly Music), as its title suggests, Frasco’s most hopeful and enthusiastic collection thus far. A testament to Frasco’s wide-ranging influences and boundless energy, his band’s sixth released studio album sees the magnetic frontman continuing to chart his path of self-exploration and personal discovery through increasingly introspective lyricism and musical adventure.
I fight depression every single day, and one way to fight depression is through optimism. I try to write optimistic songs because optimism keeps me going. As humans, I don’t think we’re all that much different. Everyone needs a little optimism to keep going.
With everything that’s going on right now surrounding LGBTQIA+ rights and the government not letting people be themselves, Andy decided to release a song ‘You Do You’ that was his call to arms and a way of adding another voice to the fight.
It’s a song about being unapologetically yourself at all times, even if some don’t agree. This is what we should always be fighting for. It is basically a call to arms to myself. Like, what is success? We built success through being outlaws and being ourselves. I did it my own way and it worked out for the best, I think. Could we have been way more successful if I just conformed? Maybe, but that’s boring. It sounds like cheating in a race and I’m not trying to cheat. I want to do it my way. Hopefully, I’ll look back when I’m 80 and realize that, like Frank Sinatra, I did it my way.”