If you’ve ever wondered how gross secrets and a mutual love for Melissa Etheridge can help you form one kick-ass band, just ask Sackville, New Brunswick duo Partner. Co-frontwomen Josée Caron and Lucy Niles are two friends who spent years playing in different bands together, bonding over being gay, their expertise in guitar, and their deep admiration for queer icons like k.d. lang and Tegan and Sara (a group that’s one of their biggest inspirations). After celebrating the coming out of actor Ellen Page with their viral hit “The Ellen Page” in 2015, Caron and Niles began to explore the hilarious voice they created for themselves through songwriting.
Their stoner jam sessions eventually led them to the goofy, ‘90s inspired alt-rock anthems on their critically-acclaimed 2017 debut In Search of Lost Time. With playful punchlines and dirty jokes hiding behind every patch of reverb and soaring guitar riffs, the album’s charm and exuberant nature is fueled with anecdotes from Caron and Niles’s shared queer experiences. Whether it’s “finding a sex thing in your roommate’s room” on “Sex Object” or the aforementioned “Gross Secret” alluding to something too gross to reveal, every Partner song is just the day in the life of two oddballs with great chemistry who love sex, snacks and weed as much as the next guy.
We caught up with Partner about relocating to Windsor, Ontario, writing queer love songs, and what their obsession with Melissa Etheridge is really all about.
Read the Q&A after the jump!