|You Say Party||You Say Party|
You Say Party — You Say Party (February 12th, 2016) •♣• You Say Party’s new sound is more expansive and experimental, and while it offers a nod to their past, their legion of fans, and their journey to this moment, it’s also a map pointing the way forward.
Origin: Abbotsford, British Columbia, Canada
Genre: Indie Rock, Dance punk
Album release: February 12th, 2016
Record Label: Paper Bag Records
1. 112 4:27
2. Ignorance 3:27
3. Friend 5:23
4. Underside 6:08
5. Sleepyhead 5:47
6. Fortitude 4:16
7. Sweet Divine 5:01
8. Heading In The Direction Of The Rising Sun 7:38 Personnel:
•• Becky Ninkovic — vocals
•• Derek Adam — guitar
•• Stephen O’Shea — bass
•• Krista Loewen — keyboards
•• Devon Clifford — drums (deceased)
•• Bruce Dyck — drums
•• Jason Nicholas — guitar
•• Carissa Ropponen — keyboards
•• Robert Andow — keyboards
•• Al Boyle — drums
By Laura Stanley, Published Feb 10, 2016; Score: 8
•♣• After years of deadlines, gruelling tours and then, tragically, the death of their drummer Devon Clifford, You Say Party announced in 2011 that they were taking a break. The hiatus was spent recovering, growing and reconnecting with each other and music.
•♣• On their return self~titled LP, You Say Party are not the band they were. The “dance~punk” sounds and youthful urgency that characterized their first three records are noticeably absent and have been replaced with synths, electronic drums and, above all, a sense of peace that comes from going through a very tough period and coming out the other side.
•♣• The un~rushed eight tracks of You Say Party embody the regeneration and newfound sonic ease of the band. Becky Ninkovic’s voice is tucked away in the long shadows of synths and electronics, becoming one with the rest of the music instead of standing front and centre. On “Underside,” she begins in an intense whisper before drifting into the surrounding textured dreamscape, while the captivating, nearly eight~minute closer “Heading in the Direction of the Rising Sun” finds the band waxing epiphanic as one, moving from frightened to lucid over the journey. On “Ignorance,” the album’s shortest track, You Say Party reflect on youth and, on their most upbeat number, celebrate the maturation that helped this album come to be.
•♣• An appropriately self~titled release, You Say Party is a haunting record about rediscovery that grieves, honours and soothes. •♣• http://exclaim.ca/
Press (North America)
•♣• In 2004, You Say Party played their first punk show in a church basement outside Vancouver, BC. Four years later, they were touring China and Japan on the strength of two acclaimed albums, 2005’s Hit the Floor! and 2007’s Lose All Time. They shifted from new wave~punk into indie pop rock and were poised for breakout, mainstream success with 2009’s award~winning XXXX when tragedy struck. Drummer Devon Clifford collapsed on stage and died suddenly. You Say Party (Becky Ninkovic, Stephen O’Shea, Krista Loewen, and Derek Adam) reunited in 2012 and have spent the last four years slow dancing towards this moment.
•♣• You Say Party’s new sound is more expansive and experimental, and while it offers a nod to their past, their legion of fans, and their journey to this moment, it’s also a map pointing the way forward.
|You Say Party||You Say Party|