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Partner is the “mature” effort of two best friends named Josée Caron and Lucy Niles. Together, with Rock as their trusty guide, they explore a variety of themes in an attempt to understand the meaning of life.  rock duo Partner have spent the past few years warming hearts with their sly, subversive take on classic-sounding power-pop. Now living in Montreal, Josée Caron and Lucy Niles recently rolled out an infectious new single, “Good Place to Hide (At the Time).” And while we’re still not quite sure when we’ll hear more new music from Caron and Niles,

Partner are set to release sophomore album Never Give Up, and now they’ve shared a new song and accompanying video for longtime live cut “Big Gay Hands.”

Set to jaunty country-rock instrumentation, the narrative-driven song finds co-bandleader Lucy Niles enamoured by a pool-playing woman at a bar — particularly her hands, as explained by lyrics like “And I couldn’t help but notice how you held that cue / Made me wonder what else you know how to do.”

Say the band, “This song is about a wild night on the town filled with queer desire. It is an important song to us because it expresses a feeling we know is shared by many. There are a lot of songs out there about women’s bodies but this is the only song we know about big gay hands. This song is dedicated to the hotties and to those who love them.”

True to the song’s title, the video features hands — painted uncannily to look like the band members — as they traverse a miniature world in pursuit of romance and companionship, complete with several beautifully coordinated dance numbers.

“Big Gay Hands” is the latest in a string of recent Partner singles, Out September 18th

Partner is the “mature” effort of two best friends named Josée Caron and Lucy Niles. Together, with Rock as their trusty guide, they explore a variety of themes in an attempt to understand the meaning of life. Partner is the “mature” effort of Killer Haze (Yellowteeth, The Mouthbreathers) alumni Lucy Niles and Josée Caron. Partner is genre-defying and terrifying: part musical act, part teenage diary, and 100% queer, Partner is unflinching in its exploration of intimacy, friendship, sexuality, drugs, and the existential predicament of being a lesbian barista in the year 2017(and 2018, and…..).
Double single from the upcoming album “Never Give Up” (November 20, 2020).

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Released August 14th, 2020
Vocals / Lead Guitar by Josée Caron
Vocals / Bass by Lucy Niles
Drums by Simone TB
Music and lyrics written by Partner.

Listening to Partner is like hanging out with your best friends, assuming your best friends are queer Canadian stoners with hooks for days. For Josée Caron and Lucy Niles, that’s actually true, and their easy chemistry is evident on the excellent “In Search Of Lost Time”, both on the album’s 12 songs and in the goofy skits threaded throughout. What’s even more evident is their musical chops, the kind of righteous riffage that can turn anything from wandering around a grocery store high to discovering your roommate’s sex toy into a slyly subversive guitar-rock anthem.

A lot of rock music the last few years also sounds like the 90’s. Partner a Canadian two-piece that provide full disclosure of the decade that influenced them most, with songs about corny daytime T.V. shows like Maury and Judge Judy, an open affinity for grunge riffs, and a sense of humor that recalls the slacker goofiness of Wayne’s World. Despite their lack of self-seriousness, though, Partner are serious musicians, and In Search of Lost Time is perhaps the best product of the 90’s revival because it doesn’t sound dated at all. The tongue-flicking solos, anthemic melodies, whimsical lyrics and profoundly delectable riffs form truly terrific rock songs that render the generic question, “are they reinventing the wheel?,” moot. This band doesn’t care to make a sweeping impact on the current state of guitar music, they’re just trying to kick back, munch on some snacks, and crank out some kick-ass tunes. That’s rock ‘n roll in its purest form.

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Vocals / Lead Guitar by Josée Caron
Vocals / Rhythm Guitar by Lucy Niles 
Bass by Kevin Brasier
Drums by Simone TB

Partner release new single "Gross Secret"

Partner, 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 year of writing, recording, and touring. The duo, will release their debut full-length In Search of Lost Time . Partner is genre-defying and terrifying: part musical act, part teenage diary, and 100% queer.

In addition to guitar heroics and hooks on hooks, one of the main reasons we named Partner a Band To Watch is that their songs are often hilarious. New single “Gross Secret,” is a swaggering rocker that somewhat resembles Veruca Salt covering the White Stripes’ “I’m Finding It Harder To Be A Gentleman,” is one of the funniest. Here’s Partner’s Lucy Niles explaining the premise:

Picture this: your sunglasses have fallen into a toilet full of a stranger’s pee. You have two choices; rinse them off and get on with your life or don’t. I (Lucy) chose the former, and that is one of my gross secrets. For us this is the song that started it all. Please enjoy it for what it is: a celebration of the grossness that unites us.

The song is on Partner’s debut album In Search Of Lost Time, out next month

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Partner – In Search Of Lost Time (You’ve Changed Records)
Release Date: September 08, 2017

Partner is the “mature” effort of Killer Haze (Yellowteeth, The Mouthbreathers) alumni Lucy Niles and Josée Caron. Partner is genre-defying and terrifying: part musical act, part teenage diary, Partner is unflinching in its exploration of intimacy, friendship, sexuality, drugs, and the existential predicament of being a lesbian barista in the year 2015. OK, so this came out towards the end of 2015, but I wanted to highlight this musical nod to my Halifax Grammar School alma mater co-attendee, Ellen Page. Worth it for the guitar solo alone. If you like your Breeders with the hammer of Nirvana, then their eventual debut LP will likely slay you.

Here’s Partner:
“Sorry we’ve been gone so long! Things have finally settled down after a whirlwind summer of touring, and we are pleased to share with you this small preview of things to come. This is one of our favorite songs to play live and one that our audiences seem to enjoy, so we gathered in Toronto to try to capture that joy and deliver it to you. We are proud and excited to say that this song has grown leaps and bounds since we’ve been working on our first studio album, and want to thank you for your patience as we work to make the best possible album we can.

Partner perform “Ambassador to Ecstasy” in a garage in Toronto on February 14, 2016