Share new single/video, ‘Play The Field‘
Debut album, In Search of Lost Time
due September 8th on You’ve Changed Records
Partner is the “mature” effort of two best friends named Josée Caron and Lucy Niles. Borne of their bizarre and fortuitous friendship, Partner confidently harnesses the infinite power of Rock to explore a variety of niche yet strangely universal themes.
Today, the band have unveiled new single ‘Play The Field‘, which Stereogum describes as “another pop-rock banger with a clever lyrical hook, this time detailing a crush on a particularly athletic woman. The chorus is both funny and immensely catchy.. Partner’s forthcoming debut album, includes many such delights, all rendered in vibrant color with contagious enthusiasm”. Watch the video below, directed by Lesley Marshall:
Partner’s Josée Caron says of the video, “This song is based on a true story of when I (Josée) was in grade eight. My friends were really good at sports but I definitely was not; I was eager to belong. I gathered all my courage and tried out for my school basketball team. Somehow I made it past tryouts and onto the single ‘A’ team. I was so happy to just be on a team, it didn’t matter that I would only score one basket all season, or that I would score on my own team.
“Lucy and I try to channel that blissful state in this song, which could be described as an effort to reclaim some of our dignity by surrendering to our true talents. It’s about admiring, romanticizing, and desiring the dignified excellence that seems to come along with being good at sports, knowing it’s something you will never truly experience but not really minding because you’re stoked that you get to hang out with your crush at practice.“
Partner is funny, but not a joke. Gay but not for each other, as their Instagram tagline reads.
Partner is the “mature” effort of two best friends named Josée Caron and Lucy Niles. Borne of their bizarre and fortuitous friendship, Partner confidently harnesses the infinite power of Rock to explore a variety of niche yet strangely universal themes. Self described as post-classic-rock.
The two met while attending Mount Allison University in small town Sackville, New Brunswick, on Canada’s East Coast. Both from even smaller East Coast towns (Lucy – Goose Bay-Happy Valley, Labrador and Josée from Summerside, Prince Edward Island).
The duo played in numerous Sackville bands together over their University years (Yellowteeth, The Mouthbreathers and the aptly named hardcore band Go Get Fucked). Around late 2014 the idea of Partner came to fruition.
Influenced by acts as varied as Melissa Etheridge, Ween, kd lang, and Prince, Partner delivers a refreshing and vital twist on a classic, prompting you to re-think what you thought was possible in Rock.
Partner relocated to Windsor, Ontario at the beginning of 2016. After a freakishly productive year of writing, recording, and touring, Partner are ready to release their debut to the world, titled In Search of Lost Time (September 08, 2017). Their enthusiastic and action-packed live set has led to them being named the “best new band in Canada” in the Globe and Mail, and although “Partner hasn’t even released an album yet, [watching] one of their sets, it’s clear right away that they’ve arrived fully formed.”
Partner is genre-defying and terrifying: part musical act, part teenage diary, and 100% queer.
Partner have upcoing live dates in US and Canada, check them out here.
“It’s another pop-rock banger with a clever lyrical hook.” – Stereogum
“….an excitingly unique beast, as well as an endlessly catchy one.” – DIY
“Ontario-by-way-Sackville band Partner is one of the most exciting and brightest hopes for rock and roll in Canada.” – Noisey