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Monday, April 19, 2010

Drummer Devon Clifford - RIP

In Memory of a Lost Musician
Unpublished Live Photographs
by Mark Jenko

You Say Party We Say Die!
3/26/10 at TT the Bears - Cambridge, MA


It was with great shock and dismay we learned yesterday that Devon Clifford, the drummer of British Columbia's celebrated dance-punk act You Say Party! We Say Die!, passed away from suffering a brain hemorrhage. Clifford was said to have collapsed on stage during the band's show at the Rickshaw Theatre in Vancouver on Friday night. Clifford would have been 31-years old this year.

You Say Party We Say Die! released their third full-length album, "XXXX," September and was set to embark on a European tour later this month.

Paper Bag Records, the band's record label released a statement Sunday: "It is with absolute sadness to report that our dear friend Devon Clifford passed away just hours ago in a Vancouver hospital surrounded by his family and friends. He will be deeply missed by everyone who knew him. I request that we respect the family's privacy during this incredibly difficult time."

Devon Clifford: 1979-2010

Clifford & YSPWSD played Cambridge, MA on March 26.

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You Say Party We Say Die! at TT the Bears 3-26-10

photos: Mark Jenko


"Devon Clifford was an extremely gifted drummer and determined character," followed a press release issues by the band's publicist, Darryl Weeks.

"He loved his family, loved his band, loved traveling, loved being on stage and loved meeting people around the world. He was smart, witty, passionate, and music meant everything to him. He was also incredibly generous with his love and respected everybody he came into contact with."

The family went on to "remind young people to have the courage to follow their dreams like Devon did." They also praised his involvement with the Portland Hotel Society, a group that helps provide shelter for Vancouver's homeless population.

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