Enough self-indulgent, somnolent emo. Let’s go out like a lion this year. Though this Canadian dance-punk quintet’s name sounds like an order barked by a fascist regime, don’t let it fool you. Maybe they’re dying of too much partying, because there’s nothing morbid nor particularly dogmatic about their third album, XXXX, unless the intended doctrine involves dancing. This record has been big with the Canucks, claiming the #1 spot on campus radio charts after only its second week on the charts. (Note: I still can’t tell whether lead singer Becky Ninkovic is saying her heart needs a lap dance or love dance, but I can’t imagine the two are all that different.)
While I am typically averse to the use of exclamation points, this group might make me change my stance. YSP! WSD! is coming to SF’s own Bottom of the Hill on March 12, 2010. Just don’t expect bassist Stephen O’Shea this time around, as he’s banned from playing in the U.S. until 2011. As for tonight, although on principle I loathe all of the fanfare surrounding New Year’s Eve, what with its inflated expectations and wallet-emptying potential, I say party. And give someone’s heart a lap (love?) dance.
Who: You Say Party! We Say Die!
Where: Abbotsford, British Columbia
Why: “My heart needs a lap dance.”
How: Paper Bag Records