You Say Party! We Say Die! – XXXX


(Paper Bag Records)

Most people seem to focus on the “Party” part of Vancouver indie/disco/punk band You Say Party! We Say Die! and not the “Die” part. Through all the upbeat energetic club beats and sing-shouting, there is a pronounced dark and gloomy streak. Always catergorized as a band best appreciated live rather than on record, YSPWSD’s new album XXXX does a much better job of conveying them as more than just a pile of drunken scenesters. The songs have a deeper maturity than you would expect, and work best when mining the lonely nightclub atmospheres. I will say this though: Hipsters nowadays have got to get off the coke and stop trying to sound like Berlin or the Psychedlic Furs. The tacky vintage casio tones were a fun novelty four years ago but you can’t live in a Degrassi Junior High episode your entire life.

— Patrick Canning

YSP!WSD! will be performing at The Rock House on Wednesday, October 28 for a special early show (9 PM to midnight). The Subtitles are the opener. Ticket on sale now at Fred’s Records, O’Brien’s Music, Folly and The Ship. $10 advance.