Stephen O’Shea, bassist of Abbotsford, BC, dance-punk quintet You Say Party (formerly You Say Party! We Say Die!), has announced his candidacy for the Green Party of British Columbia in the Abbotsford West riding (the equivalent of an electoral district in Canadian political terms). According to its website, the party is notably focused on environmental sustainability and social justice issues. In a short bio also on the Green Party site, O’Shea explains, “I am running as a Green Party candidate because, for me, the Green Party is responding to a growing desire among voters for real change in British Columbia.”
A founding member of the band, O’Shea and YSP!WSD! have often composed music with a political theme, as found with 2006 single “The Gap (Between The Rich And The Poor).” Additionally, O’Shea has been active as program director of the Devon Clifford Foundation, which honors the band’s late drummer by providing low-income youth with resources that emphasize music and education. He also works as a supportive caregiver for people with developmental disabilities for Bethesda Christian Association in Abbotsford and organizes the hometown Jam In Jubilee Festival during the summer.
After releasing four albums between 2005-2009, as well as a remix release of 2009′s XXXX, YSP has remained quiet. The aforementioned death of drummer Devon Clifford while on stage in Vancouver 2010 inspired the group to drop the latter “We Say Die!” portion of its name and has left it on indefinite hiatus since.