Phoenix Friends and Colleagues Remember the Inimitable Andy Warpigs, Who Died Sunday – Phoenix New Times


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Andy Warpigs, the Arizona-born folk-punk icon, died on Sunday, May 30, 2021, at the age of 32.

Although they were known for their musically smarmy, slick-tongued storytelling and relatable yet absurdist lyricism on tracks like “Drown My Baby” “Everybody Likes You Now,” “Bad Faith,” and “FOLK-PUNK YOURSELF,” it’s also Warpigs’ altruistic and empathetic treatment of others that has led to an outpouring of condolences across the Phoenix music scene.

Bryan Preston of Dadadoh, a friend and collaborator of Warpigs on projects like Militia Joan Hart, tells Phoenix New Times about their mutual beginnings:

“They were the biggest supporter of live music I ever met; we came up together in the Phoenix music scene and both started out as just journalists who wanted to document local music we thought was cool,” Preston says. “Once they got on and started making money from their music, they gave me some of [the earnings] to make physical copies of my first EP. At some point throughout the years, I joined their band and they joined mine.

“We always loved and respected each other but we also fought about things and disagreed about people; we became a real family together. They have this power to always find the light within the darkest people