RIP – DEVON CLIFFORD


EXPIRED: 04/18/10 – Devon Clifford, 30, was the drummer for You Say Party! We Say Die! (often abbreviated to YSP! WSD!), a Canadian five-piece dance-punk band from Abbotsford, British Columbia. Their third album, XXXX, was released in 2009 in Canada, a few months ago in the USA and next month in the UK.

To support the new music, You Say Party! We Say Die! was been touring. The band had recently returned home after touring the U.S. and Western Canada, including a few shows at the 2010 Olympics and SXSW dates in Austin, Texas. They were was wrapping up a few local shows before beginning a European tour later this month, starting in Germany and ending Spain, in June.

Obviously, a hectic schedule.

On April 16, 2010, Clifford collapsed on stage during the band’s set at The Rickshaw Theatre in Vancouver. He died today, reportedly as a result of complications arisen from a sudden brain hemorrhage.

Clifford grew up in Abbotsford, where the new-wave dance-punk band formed out of the remnants of a bike gang in 2003. He lived in Vancouver and worked for the Portland Hotel Society, which provides sustainable housing to people in the Downtown Eastside. He was described in a recent interview with the band as being a “huge hockey fan” who has known fellow bandmate guitarist Derek Adam since they were babies.

He was on the verge of making it. He looks like he was a decent guy.

Rest in peace, Devon.

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