Canadian neo new wavers You Say Party released a statement today, thanking fans and supporters for all of the support since the sudden passing of drummer Devon Clifford in April and announcing the band’s plans going forward.

The group announced that after much reflection and consideration, and with blessings from Clifford’s family, the band will continue with a new line-up and a slight name change. “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.’”

Also, keyboardist Krista Loewen has decided to leave the band to pursue other interests. “We will miss Krista very much and she remains a part of our lives.” In addition to vocalist Becky Ninkovic, guitarist Derek Adam, and bassist Stephen O’Shea, You Say Party now includes Robert Andow and Bobby Siadat of Vancouver band Gang Violence on keyboards and drums. “This new line-up will continue the tradition of excellent live shows and sweaty dance floors, with new strength and a renewed commitment to music and touring,” the statement read. “The 5 of us look forward to carrying the spirit of our friend Devon with us everywhere.”

The European tour that had been canceled in the spring is now being rescheduled for the fall and an announcement regarding dates will soon follow.

In addition, You Say Party will release “There is XXXX (Within My Heart)” as the next single in North America from February’s fantastic XXXX.

–Teresa Sampson