Partner: “Our genre is post-classic rock – we keep the riffs and forget the rest!”

(Image credit: Kate Killet)

Canadian twosome Partner fuses the virtuoso of Van Halen with a slyly subversive spirit. Formed out of the ashes of local outfits The Mouthbreathers and hardcore project Go Get Fucked, Josée Caron and Lucy Niles began playing together against the backdrop of Mount Allison University in New Brunswick. 

It’s no surprise then that the liberal arts school setting only fueled their counterculture songwriting craft. Take 2015 viral hit The "Ellen" Page, which was inspired by guitarist Caron repeatedly being told she looked like the actress despite admitting in the lyrics “they’re far from spitting images / We're just two gay Canadians”. 

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Cheri Amour

Cheri Amour is a writer, editor and broadcaster intent on amplifying the voices of women and non-binary artists in print, online and on air. During her twenties, she played lead guitar in a touring two-piece, sharing the stage with The Slits and John Peel-approved punks The Nightingales. Formerly Deputy Editor at TGA Magazine, Cheri headed up its Tech section pouring over pedals with everyone to indie icon Debbie Smith (Echobelly/Curve) to multi-instrumentalist Katie Harkin (Sleater Kinney/Waxahatchee/Wye Oak). She's currently working on an upcoming 33 1/3 book on the unassuming influence of South Bronx sister troupe ESG, out in Spring 2023.