The band formerly known as You Say Party! We Say Die! has had a rough 2010 so far, but they're ready to move forward. The band's drummer Devon Clifford died last April after collapsing during one of the group's performances in Vancouver. According to Clifford's family, he had a massive brain hemorrhage resulting from congenital defects and fell into a coma. Doctors were unable to save him despite surgery being performed.
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Today, the band issued this statement:
Losing Devon has been a profound loss for the family this band has grown to become. We have taken some time out of the spotlight these last few months to heal, process, reflect and re-evaluate the future of this band.
We have talked at great length with each other and our families and friends about the future. Devon's parents have encouraged us to continue on and given us their blessing. It is their opinion (as well as ours) that Devon would never have wanted his death to end the band. He would have wanted us to continue on.
In a nutshell, here are the developments since Clifford's passing:
1. Keyboardist Krista Loewen decided to leave the band and go back to school.
2. Former tour-mates Robert Andow and Bobby Siadat of Vancouver band Gang Violence will play keyboards and drums.
3. The cancelled European tour is being rescheduled for this fall and they will announce the dates as soon as possible. We are also planning select shows for the rest of 2010.
4. The biggest development is this: "Out of respect for Devon and the evolution of life, today we announce that we will no longer be known as "You Say Party! We Say Die!" but instead as simply "You Say Party."
You Say Party announced that the song "There is XXXX (Within My Heart)" is their next North American single. Listen below: