Monday, October 12, 2009

newmusicmonday #13:: You Say Party! We Say Die!

Happy Thanksgiving to my Canadian readers.

I'm on deadline, so this will have to be quick.  CBC Radio 3 redesigned their website, but while it looks fantastic and has a better player interface, I'm still learning how to navigate around it.  Sort of interesting, as I'm working on a social media job right now.  

This week's find is You Say Party! We Say Die!  {Twitter} I've played "Laura Palmer's Prom" several times now, which is perfect since the band hails from Abbotsford, BC, Canada, a spot where Trans-Can dips towards the Washington border.  In May, I crossed at Abbotsford/Sumas en route to Vancouver, as I have fond memories of driving around Whatcom County and the Fraser River Valley in the early 1990s.  One of these days will stop at a roadside stand to get some Chillawack sweet corn.  Oh, to find a variant of "One Eyed Jack's" in the Abbotsford area.

The band has a new album out XXXX, released on 29 September, and evokes 80s new wave in a good way. Some of the tracks {CBC R3} make me think of older New Order at their best, which, to me, means less of an overproduced sound.  I like Chart Attack's comparison of Becky Ninkovic's vocals to Blondie, but she has her own style particularly on the slower tempo songs.

I'm going to see if Amoeba in Berkeley has this on CD and I'll try to call Soundscapes on College before they close to see if they carry it.  The MP3 version of the XXXX album is available on Amazon for $8.99 and $9.90 CAN on the Canadian iTunes store.  I've already bought "Laura Palmer's Prom," which is quite an endorsement.

They are just about to start a Canada-wide tour.  Dates include 7 November in Montréal and 20 November at the Phoenix in Toronto.  I'll finally be back there by then, so I hope I can make that show.

Twitterversion:: #newmusicmonday @yspwsd You Say Party! We Say Die! captures what was gr8 about new wave/dance punk. "Laura Palmer's Prom"  @Prof_K

Image::  from Website.

Song::  Laura Palmer's Prom on

1 comment:

Officer Mazaltoff said...

I love the Twin Peaks-like theme that plays in the background of this song. Thanks to your blog, I've become an avid listener of CBC Radio 3 and if you haven't caught it yet, I suggest listening to Carbon Dating Service's "Terraform Mars". I tried seeing if iTunes had any of their albums with no luck. I'll have to hit the record shops to see if anyone here is carrying it.