You Say Party! We Say Die! have issued a statement on their future following the death of their drummer Devon Clifford, who collapsed on stage in April.
The band say that they will carry on, but with a new line-up and a change of name.
“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,” they explained.
The band announced that they discussed their future following Clifford‘s passing, and decided to carry on.
They said: “Heartfelt thanks for all the messages of love and condolences that you have sent since Devon‘s passing. We have drawn a lot of strength from these as we navigate this difficult time. 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.”
The band added that keyboardist Krista Loewen has also left the band to return to education.
They revealed: “We have turned to our good friends and former tour-mates Robert Andow and Bobby Siadat of Vancouver band Gang Violence to play keyboards and drums. This new line-up will continue the tradition of excellent live shows and sweaty dancefloors, with new strength and a renewed commitment to music and touring. The five of us look forward to carrying the spirit of our friend Devon with us everywhere.”
You Say Party are currently rescheduling the European tour that was cancelled in the wake of Clifford‘s death, and will announce the new dates in the near future.