Wednesday, December 01, 2010

You Say Party, Live @ Gagarin 205 (Athens, Nov. 28, 2010)

You Say Party’s first ever visit to Greece had plenty of thrills to offer to the lucky few who turned up at the Gagarin gig on Sunday night. The band’s local fan base may be rather small for the time being, but its support was particularly vocal, offering a warm welcome to the Canadian five-piece. You Say Party reciprocated with a storming 75-minute set that kept a fine balance between the band’s newer, ‘80s new wave influenced material and the older, rawer, punk-inspired repertoire.

The band’s positive energy is truly remarkable, especially when you take into consideration what they’ve been through this year, with the tragic loss of their drummer Devon Clifford and the departure of founding member Krista Loewen. The performance we witnessed on this date, though, has made it clear that You Say Party’s dedication to their music has helped them overcome the kind of adversity that could easily crush a lesser band.

A light for Devon
The focal point of the band’s energetic stage presence is, of course, petite frontwoman Becky Ninkovic who possesses a truly remarkable voice that shines even brighter on the more melodic songs of their latest album "XXXX". She never stopped dancing throughout the set and at some point she even jumped over the barrier and ended up singing among the fans, honoring the group’s punk roots that dictate the elimination of the distance between musicians and audience. True to the band’s name, the gig quickly turned into a proper party, indeed!

The highlights of You Say Party’s fervent performance included "There Is XXXX (Within My Heart)", "Downtown Mayors Goodnight, Alley Kids Rule!", "Teenage Hit Wonder", "Monster", "Dark Days", "Lonely's Lunch" and "Laura Palmer's Prom" that closed the main set. The first encore included new single "Suck it", followed by an explosive "Like I Give a Care", and the night closed on a high note with a second encore brimming with the punk rock mayhem of "The Gap (Between the Rich and the Poor)" off their excellent debut "Hit the Floor!".

You Say Party - Suck it / Like I Give A Care (live @ Gagarin 205, Nov. 28, 2010)

You Say Party - Laura Palmer's Prom (live @ Gagarin 205, Nov. 28, 2010)

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