Andy D, mustachioed, macho and dayglo-ed

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Andrew Duncan (Andy D as he's known in musical form) isn't strange - gimcrack wardrobe, cheesed-out '80s sound and outdated facial hair notwithstanding. He's merely a product of the changing times.

The Greenwood native returned to Indiana a year ago from Brooklyn. He left the Hoosier state as Duncan but returned as D, a rat-tailed, mustachioed cad in cutoffs and flourescent shirts rap/talking about sexual conquests and his keen ability to start a party.

In high school Duncan played in a metal band. Not your standard chugging fare, but the "hard Primus, Ween weird sort of stuff." By college his muse had devolved into simple noise.

"Then I realized, wait a minute, this is the exact opposite of what I really like," Duncan says. "At that point I was just getting really obnoxious, just to see how far I could go, how much I could take."

He'd always liked pop music structure, and was awestruck the first time some cousins played him "Brass Monkey" by the Beastie Boys.

"I had never heard anything like it," Duncan says. "I reacted like, 'What is this!?'"

Reaching back to that epiphany, Andy D was born. His debut, Choose Your Perversion, features a retro, new wave sound and bawdy boasts, among other subjects. Duncan says it's not rap or rock, but every term he concocted to describe it - like prog-hop and electro-funk - was already taken. Now he just calls it party music.

"Every song I write is meant to be danced to, or can be danced to," Duncan says. "Hopefully it's party-inspiring."

As for his appearance, Duncan swears it's done un-ironically.

"I don't really wear anything on stage that I don't wear every day," he says.

The bright shirts with the unicorns and rainbows remind him of his childhood. As does the rat tail and moustache. It took him four months to grow the latter.

"My facial hair was never that full at all," Duncan says. "I feel like kids have crazy imaginations, and when I was a kid and saw older men, I realized one day I'll be a man."

He may be a man now, but his childhood wonderment hasn't left. Duncan has always questioned society's definition of maturity anyway.

"I know a lot of people in business suits who are emotionally 5 years old," he says. "I'd rather look like a 5-year-old and emotionally be an adult. I feel like I'm mature enough to be able to wear whatever I want."

Indeed, Duncan's cross-genre look and sound isn't as contradictory as it may suggest.

"There's something in our culture now where so much is added on top of everything else," Duncan says. "There's so much for people to like. Everyone is able to like everything now. And people are hanging onto their childhoods longer."

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