The thermometer in my car read -18 Celsius when I arrived at The Garrison for night two of Wavelength Festival. The "feels like" temperature was -28 Celsius which is just inhumanly cold for Toronto. I was pretty happy to get a parking spot right outside the doors of The Garrison.
Partner were up pretty early on the Wavelength bill - they were the second band to hit The Garrison stage. Partner was one of the bands that I was most looking forward to seeing at Wavelength. They're billed as a "queer neo-grunge duo" from Sackville, New Brunswick, but showed up as a full band. They have been building on the buzz created by their name-check song "The Ellen Page" and its accompanying video featuring Ms. Page dancing around.
Singer Josee Caron was super-personable, serving up stories about their tunes which range from songs about finding your room-mate's sex toy while searching for a roach, to the women of your dreams, to existential epiphany while eating chips and how sometimes everyone knows you're high, to a brand new song about sports (yeah, right) called "Play the Field", and finally "Ambassador to Ecstasy", which, apparently is not about drugs. All of this was delivered as tight, grunge-influenced pop songs with fun lyrics, a wall of 3 guitars and ripping guitar solos, too.
"The Ellen Page"