Hotline reporting in: Vancouver dance-punk kids You Say Party! We Say Die! first hit our radar a few years ago partly due to the quirky moniker and also because 2007 rager “Downtown Mayors Goodnight, Alley Kids Rule” became a semi-hit at local indie dance parties. Truth be told, we didn’t expect to hear much from them after that, especially since they haven’t played in the U.S. since 2005 due to years of visa denials, and reports that one of the dudes in the band was banned from our fine country until 2011 for crossing the border illegally. Crazytown!
But now they’re back with a more refined, evolved sound (not unlike the evolution of the Yeah Yeah Yeahs) and armed with one of the more intriguing albums of the early year, Paper Bag Records’ “XXXX.” It dropped Feb. 9.
As an added bonus, the visa issues appear to be resolved. You Say Party! We Say Die! hit T.T. The Bear’s Place in Cambridge on March 27 with locals the New Collisions and Static of the Gods – which rules eight ways to Saturday until we realized it’s on the same date as the Big Pink and A Place To Bury Strangers at the Paradise. Figures.
Anyway, we have some time to decide where we’ll be that night.
In the meantime, You Say Party! We Say Die! (or YSP!WSD! or just You Say Party!) recently released a visually striking new video for the lead single off “XXXX,” the track “There is XXXX (Within My Heart).” Cool video, cool song. Check it out…