You Say Party! We Say Die!: “Laura Palmer’s Prom”

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.



You Say Party! We Say Die! – Laura Palmer’s Prom

Who: You Say Party! We Say Die!

What: XXXX

When: 9.29.2009

Where: Abbotsford, British Columbia

Why: “My heart needs a lap dance.”

How: Paper Bag Records

4 Responses to “You Say Party! We Say Die!: “Laura Palmer’s Prom””

  1. Dave Says:

    why was the bassist banned?

  2. stella1722 Says:

    I’m not entirely sure, but O’Shea explains what he is doing to lift the ban, and what the band is planning on doing during his absence on tour, at Exclaim!:

    I am still banned from the U.S. until 2011. I have been working to correct the situation since it happened. I’ve been pinballed from person to person, from professionals to “a guy who knows a guy who knows a guy,” but have just recently found an immigration lawyer in Vermont who has expertise in these sorts of matters. She’s confident I’ll be able to get all the proper paperwork completed and processed in under a year. The band are hoping to have this resolved and be at SXSW 2010. But should this take longer than that, the band have been considering a substitute for a very limited number of shows: two or three cities. It’s been something we’ve tossed around since the ban happened. Friends from Los Campesinos! and Tokyo Police Club have offered to help at different points but we’ve never been sure about doing it that way. Since writing these new songs for XXXX, we really want to share them with the whole world and are now considering our options for the future.

  3. Dave Says:

    Ohhh, so its some type of immigration situation? I thought he might have emptied out one two many hotel mini-bars or something.

  4. Dave Says:


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