You Say Party! We Say Die! still dancing

Lead singer Becky Ninokovic brings energy to the music scene

Tuesday, April 7th, 2009

You Say Party! We Say Die!

OBSERVE THE CREATURES OF THE CONCRETE JUNGLE AS THEY GATHER AROUND THE WATERING HOLE, UNAWARE OF ITS SECONDARY PURPOSE TO THE HOMELESS WHO INHABIT THIS PARK. Dance punk act You Say Party! We Say Die! come to Call The Office April 3 with the Exclaim! Spring Fling Tour.

Tokyo Police Club, The Deadly Snakes, Stars, and Magneta Lane are just some of the bands on popular Toronto indie label Paper Bag Records. Add Vancouver’s You Say Party! We Say Die! to the list and you have one big, happy, dance-punk-pop family.

“I think we’re bringing a lot of energy to the music scene,” says lead singer Becky Ninkovic. “People always tell us that we really made their night and they had so much fun with us. They’ve enjoyed our show and that’s all I could really ask for and all I could really expect for us to give to people.

“It’s a good feeling because it’s your art, too. It’s not just anything " it’s a part of you, and if people are finding enjoyment in that then that’s good.”

After releasing its 2005 debut Hit the Floor!, the quintet eagerly began working on a new record, Lose All Time, which was released this week.

Ninkovic says the group occasionally gets frustrated during the songwriting process.

“Sometimes there’s an idea put out there but nothing’s really biting,” she says. “We usually just talk it out and maybe leave the song behind, leave it in the back of our brains and then revisit it later. We did that with a song that we’ll be releasing later on called ‘Midnight Snake.’ It didn’t work for us and we just left it behind for a good six months.

“Then we tried again, and all of a sudden it just fit perfectly. We finished the song so we’re all really happy with it now. But every song has its own life and its own journey that it has to make.”

Ninkovic says each member brings different ideas to the table.

“It’s always different but we do it altogether and try to feel it out. I write all my own lyrics in a book. I just write whatever comes to me and if it works with the music then I’ll keep it so it’s really collaborative.

“I get really into [the songwriting process]. I just can’t hold back myself from dancing. I’m always trying to tell myself to resist dancing and focus on singing better but the music always just takes over with adrenaline and I just can’t help but dance around.”

Ninkovic is learning to balance singing and moving onstage.

“It’s weird " I started taking voice lessons and all of a sudden you’re trying to think about how to do things properly. You can’t really mix the two, it’s either total abandonment or totally boring, standing in the same spot.”

The Exclaim! Spring Fling Tour is just around the corner, on which You Say Party! We Say Die! shares the bill with electro-rock DJ Champion, Montreal’s grind-core band Malajube and funky electro band Chromeo.

“Touring is awesome, it’s definitely where we want to be right now,” Ninkovic says. “It’s nice to be able to do something really unique and always new and exciting.

“We’re all having a lot of fun getting to see new places in the world and meet all sorts of interesting people.”

If Ninkovic were to pick her poison, alcohol would definitely top her list. Touring with mostly men, she tries hard to keep pace with their drinking.

“I drink ‘hot toddy’ " it’s heated-up whiskey with lemon or lime. I prefer lime with honey and make it really hot; kind of just gives you a really good punch in your throat.”

You Say Party! We Say Die! hits Call The Office April 3 as part of the Exclaim! Spring Fling Tour. Tickets are $15 at the door and $14 in advance.

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