Thursday, August 29, 2019

Partner Covers Rush

Partner are one of those bands I love despite not being their target audience. A middle aged straight cis gendered white dad isn't who a self described "Canadian Queer Post Classic Rock" band envisions as their fan. On the other hand, I'm 100% Rush's target audience, even though I've never been a fan. So what happens when Partner covers Rush?

It works shockingly well. Partner normally perform songs that while they may not be novelty songs are at least humorous. I expected a little bit of tongue in cheek on this cover, the kind we used to get in the 90's when a band would do a semi-ironic cover. Partner play "Limelight" completely straight. Maybe because respecting Rush is Canadian law, but according to Partner:

"We watched a documentary about RUSH and we fell in love with the band. They seem like such nice guys. It caused us to hear the music in a new way, with a much deeper appreciation. By doing the cover, we hoped to pay tribute to our newfound appreciation and to expand our horizons as musicians by learning these unique and complex arrangements."

You can watch Partner's take on "Limelight" for Polaris Cover Sessions below. For more on Partner, check out their website. Current tour dates are below, including an American tour with Titus Andronicus. Sadly, there isn't a New England date, because seeing them opening for Titus Andronicus might be the only way I don't stand out as the Creepy Old Guy at one of their shows.

Oct 31 – Deluxx Fluxx, Detroit MI
Nov 01 – Zanzabar, Louisville, KY
Nov 02 – Drkmttr, Nashville TN
Nov 03 - Low Key Arts, Hot Springs AR
Nov 05 - Club Dada, Dallas TX
Nov 06 – Barracuda, Austin TX
Nov 07 – Satellite, Houston TX
Nov 08 – Santos, New Orleans LA
Nov 09 - Alabama Music Box, Mobile AL
Nov 11 – Churchill's, Miami FL
Nov 12 – Crowbar, Tampa FL
Nov 13 - Will's Pub, Orlando FL
Nov 14 - High Dive, Gainesville FL
Nov 15 - The Earl, Atlanta GA
Nov 16 - 40 Watt Club, Athens GA
Nov 17 - Radio Room, Greenville SC
Nov 18 – Mothlight, Asheville NC
Nov 19 - Pinhook, Durham NC
Nov 20 – The Camel, Richmond VA
Nov 21 – Black Cat, Washington DC
Nov 22 – First Unitarian Church, Philadelphia PA
Nov 23 – The Bowery Ballroom, New York NY


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