Published Jun 22, 2010Two months ago, the Canadian music scene was shocked by the sudden passing of You Say Party! We Say Die! drummer Devon Clifford, who died shortly after collapsing on stage during a show at Vancouver's Rickshaw Theatre. The group then cancelled their planned European tour dates and withdrew from the spotlight, offering no indication as to whether they would continue without Clifford. Now, the band members have announced their plans to reform with a new name and a modified line-up.
In a statement posted on their website, the group announced that they have now shortened their name to You Say Party. This new incarnation doesn't include former keyboardist Krista Loewan, who has left the group for "a home, a garden, some gluten-free baking and a proper education."
In her place, You Say Party have recruited keyboardist Robert Andow and drummer Bobby Siadat of the now-defunct Vancouver dance punk outfit Gang Violence. This new-look group will hit the road later this year, with a rescheduled European tour and select one-off shows that will be announced soon.
The band also thanked fans for their support in the wake of Clifford's death, saying, "Heartfelt thanks for all the messages of love and condolences that you have sent since Devon's passing. We have drawn a lot of strength from these as we navigate this difficult time." With their new lineup, they "look forward to carrying the spirit of our friend Devon with us everywhere."
You can read the whole statement over at YouSayParty.com. Look for the new single "There Is XXXX (Within My Heart)" to come out soon.