Band Members: Krista Loewen | Becky Ninkovic | Stephen O’Shea | Derek Adam
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 went on indefinite hiatus 2011, but the core four (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: their first full-length release in six years. The record is, appropriately enough, self-titled — a reaffirmation of their willful determination and identity after devastating lows. It’s a space-like record that swallows the listener inside eight shimmering constellations about friendship, loss, reconciliation and uncertainty.
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 is the band’s most contemplative, experimental and wildly ambitious offering to date.