You Say Party Facebook "We're not a punk band anymore," Stephen O'Shea, bass…
- Posted on Apr 14th 2011 1:00PM by Jenny Charlesworth
"Call it a hiatus. Call it a break. Call it whatever you want," said longtime member Stephen O'Shea in a press release Thursday.
"It's been a hard year for us. Not a bad year. We've experienced wonderful support from people.
But you gotta listen to your body and your mind when it begins to revolt against what you think it is you have to do."
The announcement isn't all that unexpected considering the tragic death of drummer Devon Clifford in 2010. You Say Party dropped the You Say Die component of their name, along with the exclamation marks, after Clifford suffered a brain aneurysm onstage and subsequently passed away at the age of 30.
The band eventually returned but struggled to find their footing over the last year with their new lineup, featuring Keyboardist Robert Andow and drummer Al Boyle. (In an interesting twist, Boyle was actually bandmates with Clifford in Vancouver punk trio Hard Feelings.)
"We're gonna stop for a while, and we're gonna work on who we are as people," O'Shea concluded.
"We know that everyone understands exactly why and where we're coming from. Thanks for the support over the years. Special thanks to Robert and Al for their commitment over the last year and to the team members we worked with over the last 7 years."
You Say Party asked fans to enjoy their final music video for 'Laura Palmer's Prom,' a track off their last album, 'XXXX.' The band then asked fans to support the Devon Clifford foundation.
You can also pay your respect to the late drummer by visiting Devon Falls in Clifford's hometown of Abbotsford, British Columbia, a serene locale named in his honour last December.